I am receiving injections into the eye for Central Retinal Vein Occlusion but I have been told that it is arterial and ischemic. I have nearly gone blind as the non-affected eye is a 'lazy eye'. My problem in hte affected eye began after a car accident that caused severe migraines with con-current vision loss. Initially, I was diagnosed with visual migraines caused by the car accidient. After months of going from one doctor to another, I saw an optometrist who told me my problems were severe and i needed to see a Retinologist. I have been told that it is arterial and then told it is retinal so I am not sure what is what. I don't feel that the injections have been helpful, they are quite expensive and not covered by my insurer as the drug, Avastin, is not approved for this diagnosis. I ambeing told that Retinologists now believe that continuing injections for this conditon my at some point improve the sight of persons with my diagnosis. I am not sure what I should do here...gamble with the shots as that is the only chance I have even tho I cannot afford them or stop them and try to get along with the limited vision I have in the lazy eye. What is an opinion? Thank you.
Recently, avastin has been used to treat swelling following central vein occlusion and is under further investigation. I would recommend that you speak with your doctor about the benefit risk ratio of undergoing this treatment for your condition. Additionally, if he/she feels it is necessary, I would ask if there is a way to obtain the medicine under a compassion use basis.
Sandy T. Feldman, M.D., M.S.
ClearView Eye and Laser Medical Center
San Diego, California
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