When it comes to examining and treating vision, there are different types of eye doctors. Learn about the role of each doctor below and how he or she can help you with your RVO.
If you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, you've probably seen an optometrist for routine eye exams or to prescribe corrective lenses.
An ophthalmologist specializes in diseases and surgery of the eye and may be the first one to diagnose your RVO. You may also be referred to a Retina Specialist for additional tests and treatment.
A Retina Specialist is a surgeon who specializes in treating a range of diseases of the back of the eye (or retina). He or she is an ophthalmologist with an additional 1 to 2 years of specialty training.
For someone with RVO, it is important to see a Retina Specialist on a regular basis in order to receive the most up-to-date and appropriate care for your condition.
Testing your vision
There are a variety of tests your Retina Specialist may use to evaluate and monitor your condition, including:
Eye exams and eye charts
Eye exams are performed to detect RVO. Eye charts, also known as visual acuity tests, are used throughout treatment and follow-up care to measure how well you can see.
Your Retina Specialist may perform a fluorescein angiogram to take photos of the blood flow within your eye. A dye (fluorescein) is injected into your arm and pictures are taken as the dye passes through your eye's blood vessels. This test can help evaluate your condition and determine the course of your treatment.
Your Retina Specialist may also take detailed cross-sectional images of your retina. These images are referred to as OCT scans. They are used to detect and measure fluid buildup (macular edema) and monitor the disease.
Other tests your Retina Specialist may perform include visual field tests that check your peripheral (or side) vision, and tests using an ophthalmoscope, an instrument that looks at the back of your eye and can help evaluate the severity of the blockage.