Branch Retinal Artery Occlusion

Retinal artery occlusion is a blockage in one of the small arteries that carry blood to the retina—the layer of tissue in the back of the eye that senses light. Retinal arteries may become blocked by a blood clot or fat deposits that get stuck in the arteries. These blockages are more likely if there is any hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) in the eye.

Clots may travel from other parts of the body and block an artery in the retina. The most common sources of clots are the carotid artery in the neck and the heart. Most clots occur in people with carotid artery disease, diabetes, atrial fibrillation or heart valve problems, hyperlipidemia, high blood pressure, intravenous drug abuse or damage to arteries due to an immune response.

If a branch of the retinal artery is blocked, part of the retina will not receive enough blood and oxygen. If this happens, you may lose part of your vision. Symptoms of branch retinal artery occlusion include the sudden blurring or loss of vision in all of one eye (central retinal artery occlusion or CRAO), or only in part of one eye (branch retinal artery occlusion or BRAO). The retinal artery occlusion may last for only a few seconds or minutes, or it may be permanent. If the blood clot moves to another part of the brain, symptoms of a stroke may develop.

Wagner Macula & Retina Center

Ophthalmologists & Eye Surgeons located in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia & North Carolina

Welcome to Wagner Macula & Retina Center, specializing in diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, eye tumors, and the diagnosis and management of complex medical and surgical eye disease. We are the preferred referral for National Retina Centers of Excellence and the preeminent provider of adult and pediatric macula and retina treatments located in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia & North Carolina. Our state-of-the-art facilities offer the latest technology and treatments to save your eyesight.

  • Diabetic Retinopathy 
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Retinal Occlusions
  • Retinal Vascular Disease
  • Ocular trauma & retinal detachment
  • Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy
  • Retinal Tears and Holes
  • Macular Pucker
  • Retinopathy of prematurity and other pediatric diseases of the eye
  • Cancers of the eye
  • Second Opinions

Dedicated to saving sight and enhancing lives, we offer our patients nine convenient locations, reduced wait times, and the comfort of the highest level of personal care and expertise. At Wagner Macula & Retina Center, we value our patients’ trust and confidence and understand the challenge posed by diminishing eyesight. Our team provides patients and family members with the caring touch and reassurance they need and deserve.

Dr. Alan Wagner is a board certified, fellowship trained ophthalmologist specializing in vitreoretinal surgery. He is Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at EVMS and the Medical College of Virginia and serves as a research consultant at the Strelitz Diabetes Institute. A highly trained macular and retinal surgeon, Dr. Wagner is on the medical staff at most area hospitals, including pediatric units and children’s hospitals.

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    "Did a great job with my mother-in-law and her macular degeneration. Great caring staff, on time, efficient, pretty office, and he's really nice."

    Jody W.
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    "Dr Wagner helped me when I was having an eye emergency and was in tremendous pain. I highly recommend him and his staff!"

    Nida
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    "I had excellent results from my eye surgery, and would recommend Doctors Wagner and Kapoor. "

    Sue
  • "The staff and Doctor Wagner are phenomenal. I can't explain enough how great the team is! Wonderful experience."

    Daniel M.
  • "From the fist visit I was treated with respect y all the workers. Dr. Wagner is the best and makes you feel very at ease. They are the best."

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