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What causes a haemorrhage in the eye? I have just been

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What causes a haemorrhage in the eye? I have just been diagnosed with this. I am experiencing visual disturbance with part of my vision veiled with a blank area surrounded by a bright green edging and a distortion of straight edges into curves. It is very similar to that which heralds a migraine headache. I am being treated next Monday morning by injection of a drug which will stabilise things. Will the visual disruption gradually fade?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 7 years ago.

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If you are referring to a hemorrhage in the vitreous ( middle of the eye) , then it is due to formation of new blood vessels in the retina and on the surface of the optic nerve. Common causes for retinal neovascularisation are diabetes ( diabetic retinopathy) , central retinal vein occlusion , radiation therapy to the eye, sickle cell disease. These new vessels may rupture and cause a bleed into the thick gel in the middle of the eye called vitreous. A vitreous hemorrhage causes sudden reduction in vision and it resolves on its own by 6 weeks to 6 months.Vision improves gradually as the hemorrhage resolves.

The other conditions where new vessels appear in the choroid ( inner layer of the eye), called choroidal neovascularisation and is most often seen in age related macular degeneration ( ARMD). The treatment consists of an intravitreal injection of Avastin ( which regresses new vessels). Visual recovery has been found to be substantial with this injection.Repeat doses may be needed depending on the response.

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