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Retinal vasculitis Save

ICD-10 code: H35.06

Chapter: Diseases of the eye and adnexia

Understanding Retinal Vasculitis: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Retinal vasculitis is a rare condition that affects the blood vessels in the retina, leading to inflammation and damage. The condition can cause vision problems and, in severe cases, may even lead to blindness.

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with retinal vasculitis, it's important to understand the symptoms, causes, and treatment options available.

Symptoms of Retinal Vasculitis

The symptoms of retinal vasculitis can vary from person to person, but may include:

  1. Blurred vision
  2. Eye pain
  3. Floaters
  4. Redness in the eye
  5. Sensitivity to light

If you experience any of these symptoms, it's important to see an eye doctor right away to determine the cause of your vision problems.

Causes of Retinal Vasculitis

Retinal vasculitis can be caused by a number of different factors, including:

  1. Infections, such as syphilis, tuberculosis, and Lyme disease
  2. Autoimmune disorders, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis
  3. Drug reactions
  4. Genetic disorders, such as Behcet's disease

Your doctor will need to perform a thorough examination and run tests to determine the underlying cause of your retinal vasculitis.

Treatment Options for Retinal Vasculitis

The treatment for retinal vasculitis will depend on the underlying cause of the condition. In some cases, treating the underlying infection or autoimmune disorder may be enough to resolve the retinal vasculitis. Other treatment options may include:

  1. Corticosteroids to reduce inflammation
  2. Immunosuppressive drugs to suppress the immune system
  3. Intravitreal injections to deliver medication directly to the eye
  4. Laser photocoagulation to seal leaky blood vessels in the retina

Your doctor will work with you to determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs and circumstances.


Retinal vasculitis is a serious condition that can cause vision problems and even blindness. If you are experiencing symptoms of retinal vasculitis, it's important to see an eye doctor right away to determine the underlying cause and begin treatment. With the right care and treatment, you can manage your retinal vasculitis