New Treatment Found to Reduce Vision Loss from Central Retinal Vein Occlusion – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Patients with a branch retinal vein occlusion — a small-vein blockage in the back of the eye — who were treated with laser versus steroids, had a more favorable result according to a recent study.
Dr. Chew: And in fact, laser was almost identical to the treatment with steroid that the vision improvement was really very similar.
Narrator: Dr. Emily Chew is with the National Eye Institute.
Dr. Chew: And with laser, there isnít the side effect of the cataract formation and the increased pressure, so it makes it a more desirable treatment because of that.
Narrator: Dr. Chew adds that these steroids are not the same as what the public generally thinks about for making muscles big. For details visit www.nei.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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