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A vitreous haemorrhage is caused when blood enters the vitreous gel inside the eye; causes for this include retinal tear, diabetic retinopathy and eye trauma. Blood entering the vitreous can lead to the loss of vision. Identifying the underlying cause is important as there may be a risk of permanent blindness.
If you have questions about vitreous haemorrhage and the treatment options that are available, please call us on 0203 369 2020, or request a call back.
A vitreous haemorrhage occurs when blood leaks into the vitreous, the clear gel-like substance inside the eye. As a result of a vitreous haemorrhage, sudden changes in vision, including the loss of vision can occur.
Vitreous haemorrhage can occur from different causes that result in blood entering the eye. These can be grouped into causes relating to bleeding from abnormal or normal vessels.
The symptoms of vitreous haemorrhage depend on the severity of the haemorrhage.
Symptoms tend to suddenly appear and include:
If any of these symptoms appear suddenly, we strongly recommend immediately getting in touch with an eye specialist to have your eyes checked.
The treatment varies depending on how severe the vitreous haemorrhage is and the underlying cause. If the haemorrhage is mild, treatment may not be required as it may be absorbed on its own. Otherwise, vitrectomy can be carried out to remove the vitreous and the blood, and to provide the surgeon access to treat any cause such as a retinal detachment that could lead to blindness.
Whether full recovery of vision can be achieved or not depends on the underlying cause. Learn more about what to expect after a vitrectomy and when you can resume activities like driving, flying, and exercise by visiting our vitrectomy page.
If you have any questions around vitreous haemorrhage or our service, please feel free to make an enquiry or call us on 0203 369 2020
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