Uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension

Retinal vein occlusions  are the second most common type of retinal vascular disorder secondary to diabetes.  They can occur at almost any age (although typically in middle to later years – most in those aged over 65 years) and their severity ranges from asymptomatic to a painful eye with severe visual loss.  

When the optic nerve bleeds

In a glaucomatous eye, a disc hemorrhage is a sign of trouble, indicating that the glaucoma is active and progression is likely.   However, disc hemorrhages can also occur in diabetic or hypertensive patients.   A disc hemorrhage is a sign of damage rather than something that is treated.   Identifying the systemic cause is important, so bloodContinue reading “When the optic nerve bleeds”

Bleeding in your eye

Bleeding inside your eye can indicate an underlying systemic condition!   Blood work-up is necessary, as well as a consult with your primary care physician. 

A Fluffy, White Patch in Your Eye

A fluffy, white patch in your eye is called a “cotton-wool spot” and can represent a compromise to the circulation and vascular system.   They can also indicate damage to the retinal nerve fibers, with build-up of material that doesn’t belong there.   Sometimes you can have a sudden “blind spot,” blurry vision, or peripheral vision loss.  Continue reading “A Fluffy, White Patch in Your Eye”