What Causes Eye Stroke?

An eye stroke is a com­mon occur­rence for peo­ple of all ages. You may not real­ize that your ocu­lar health requires as much atten­tion, and care as oth­er areas of your well-being. But it does! In fact, most peo­ple hurt their vision because they do not pay atten­tion to the most com­mon signs, and symp­toms of reti­nal artery occlu­sion. If you are in a group of peo­ple with an increased risk for eye stroke it could dam­age your eye health, good eye­sight, and even lead to a loss of your vision. 

Ocu­lar stroke can be seri­ous how­ev­er, there are a vari­ety of ways to receive eye stroke treat­ment once you notice the first signs of an eye stroke (usu­al­ly eye floaters). The first step is to quick­ly respond to the signs, and symp­toms of an eye stroke, then you must call an eye spe­cial­ist imme­di­ate­ly. The type of treat­ment you need may not be the same as for oth­ers who suf­fer from reti­nal artery occlu­sion so, talk­ing to a spe­cial­ist is vital to avoid poten­tial com­pli­ca­tions for stroke in the eyes. 

What is An Eye Stroke?

An eye stroke most com­mon­ly occurs when the small cap­il­lar­ies with­in the eyes become weak­ened, and burst. Dam­aged cap­il­lar­ies in the eye can cause a range of vis­i­ble symp­toms asso­ci­at­ed with an eye stroke includ­ing bleed­ing in the eye, dis­col­oration, as well as cloudi­ness, and even a loss of vision. Unlike a stroke that hap­pens in the brain, the type of stroke that occurs in the eye is known as reti­nal artery occlu­sion. When blood ves­sels in the eye become blocked, or clot, they can cause a loss of cir­cu­la­tion to the eye. The affect­ed area can suf­fer from all types of dam­age rang­ing from mild to seri­ous (eye stroke).

If left untreat­ed, an eye stroke can become more threat­en­ing to your over­all health, and good vision. In some cas­es, peo­ple who have suf­fered an eye stroke may also lose some eye­sight or their vision.

What Are The Signs of An Eye Stroke? 

You may not real­ize that you could be at risk for an eye stroke. Look for these three most com­mon caus­es of an eye stroke, to pre­vent a reti­nal artery occlu­sion:

  1. Floaters 

Eye floaters are spots on the eye that move through your field of vision. They can appear like a string, drift­ing spot, cob­web, or dis­col­oration. They may also dart or move along with the move­ment of your eyes. If you notice these types of changes in your eye­sight you should call an oph­thal­mol­o­gist. If your eye floaters sud­den­ly appear or increase rapid­ly, you need to use nat­ur­al reme­dies imme­di­ate­ly. You may be able to reduce the appear­ance of eye floaters by per­form­ing gen­tle mas­sage around the area at the tem­ples, focus­ing on vision changes, per­form­ing eye exer­cis­es, get­ting plen­ty of sleep, using high-qual­i­ty sun­glass­es, and main­tain­ing a healthy eye diet. 

You may be won­der­ing, “Do eye floaters go away?” If you notice that one, or more areas include eye floaters, you need to con­tact an eye spe­cial­ist. Eye floaters ini­tial­ly appear as a type of dis­col­oration that “floats” around in your vision. When floaters hap­pen, it is due to leak­age from the tiny cap­il­lar­ies in your eyes, and oth­er flu­ids that can clump, and clot in your eye. 

  1. Pain

While many eye strokes occur with­out any fore­warn­ing, pain is one of the most com­mon signs of reti­nal artery occlu­sion (eye stroke). Pres­sure or pain in your eye may be a sig­nal that you are at risk from an eye stroke.  

  1. Blur­ry Vision

Eye floaters cause blurred vision. While some peo­ple will see speck­les, dis­col­orations, lines, web­bing, flash­es, or oth­er things float­ing in front of their vision, you may see some­thing dif­fer­ent. Regard­less of what your eye floaters look like, blur­ry vision is a clear indi­ca­tion that you may be at risk for eye stroke.

Am I At Risk For Eye Stroke?

Some peo­ple are more like­ly to suf­fer from an eye stroke than oth­ers. You may have an increased risk for eye stroke if you:

  • Suf­fer from poor cir­cu­la­tion
  • Have high blood pres­sure
  • Have high cho­les­terol
  • Suf­fer from dia­betes 
  • Are over the age of 55
  • Have already suf­fered a car­dio­vas­cu­lar event
  • Per­form stren­u­ous activ­i­ties
  • Have cir­cu­la­tion prob­lems in your fam­i­ly his­to­ry
  • Smoke cig­a­rettes

Eye Stroke Treatment 

Depend­ing on the stage of your eye stroke you could be a good can­di­date for these five treat­ments for reti­nal occlu­sion ther­a­pies.

  1. Pre­ven­tion 

The best way to keep your eyes healthy is to pre­vent an eye stroke before it starts. In order to do that you may want to do the fol­low­ing things to reduce your risk of devel­op­ing eye floaters, and the occur­rence of eye stroke. 

  • Mon­i­tor dia­betes with blood glu­cose test­ing that helps to ensure you are always with­in the opti­mal range.
  • Treat glau­co­ma with med­i­cines pre­scribed by your doc­tor to reduce pres­sure in your eyes that may lead to stroke. 
  • Mon­i­tor blood pres­sure to reduce your risk of eye stroke. Small lifestyle changes includ­ing med­ica­tions, exer­cise, and reg­u­lar check­ups can help. 
  • Bal­ance your cho­les­terol by choos­ing heart healthy foods, per­form­ing reg­u­lar exer­cise, and using med­ica­tion to con­trol it. 
  • Quit smok­ing cig­a­rettes if you want to reduce your risk of all types of stroke, includ­ing reti­nal artery occlu­sion. 
  1. Imme­di­ate Ocu­lar Ther­a­py 

There are numer­ous types of med­ical treat­ments for eye floaters which include laser ther­a­py, and surgery also known as vit­rec­to­my. How­ev­er, the major­i­ty of peo­ple who suf­fer from eye floaters do not require treat­ment. When floaters in the eye occur sud­den­ly you need to start imme­di­ate ther­a­py regard­less of how severe the floaters are. Any dam­age to your eye reti­na can cause blind­ness if left untreat­ed so it is essen­tial to seek imme­di­ate ther­a­py for eye floaters. 

  1. Reha­bil­i­ta­tion 

The heal­ing process from eye stroke can include every­thing from reha­bil­i­ta­tion to eye exer­cis­es. Slow blink­ing, rhyth­mic rota­tions, and near/far focus­ing your eyes are all tech­niques that may improve your eye­sight, vision, and over­all eye health after an eye stroke. 

  1. Med­ica­tion 

There are many types of ther­a­pies for eye stroke that may include med­ica­tions decid­ed to man­age blood flow, cir­cu­la­tion, and pres­sure in the cap­il­lar­ies. Talk to your eye doc­tor about the right eye stroke med­ica­tions for you. An oncol­o­gist can pre­scribe eye stroke drugs to improve blood pres­sure and reduce inflam­ma­tion. 

  1. Surgery

Much like with a stroke in the brain, an eye stroke is caused by a loss of blood flow. The loss of prop­er cir­cu­la­tion in the eyes may also lead to eye floaters, blood clot­ting, and thus you may need surgery. Also known as a vit­rec­to­my, eye stroke surgery can be used to cor­rect eye floaters, by remov­ing vit­re­ous from the eyes. 

Peo­ple with an eye stroke may expe­ri­ence pain, swelling, and clot­ting in the del­i­cate veins, and arter­ies of the eye. If left untreat­ed, an eye stroke can cause a loss of vision which is why it is so impor­tant to call the offices of Dia­mond Vision imme­di­ate­ly after an eye stroke. If you notice any of the most com­mon warn­ing signs of eye stroke, do not wait to call, and talk to an eye spe­cial­ist.

December 15th, 2019|Comments Off on What Causes Eye Stroke?

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