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Am J Ophthalmol. 1990 Aug 15;110(2):118-23.

The natural course of central retinal vein occlusion.

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Retinal Vascular Center, Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.


We reviewed the records of 160 patients who had central retinal vein occlusion between 1980 and 1985. Of 168 eyes, 107 (64%) were classified as nonischemic types and 61 (36%) were classified as ischemic types. Of 107 nonischemic eyes, ten (9%) converted to the ischemic variant. Of 107 nonischemic eyes, 33 (31%) lost three or more lines of visual acuity irrespective of initial visual acuity. A final visual acuity less than or equal to 20/200 was recorded in 57 of 61 (93%) of ischemic eyes and 53 of 107 (50%) of nonischemic eyes.

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