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P.A. Nixon, J.O. Mason, III, T. Emond, R.M. Feist, M.F. White, Jr, M.L. Thomley, B.W. Roberts; Natural History of Branch Retinal Artery Occlusion: Reanalysis of Visual Outcomes and Prognosis . Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2005;46(13):4026.
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Purpose: To evaluate the natural course, prognosis, and visual outcomes of patients with branch retinal artery occlusion and assess visual recovery statistics as documented in previous publications. Methods: Retrospective medical record review of patients with the diagnosis of BRAO was performed in a private vitreoretinal practice. The standard care for all eyes was observation. Patients with concurrent retinal disease were excluded. Results: The mean duration between onset of symptoms and initial examination with confirmation of the diagnosis of BRAO was two months. The mean presenting best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was 20/400. At mean 12 months follow up, the mean BCVA was 20/200. No eye developed anterior or posterior segment neovascularization or other complication. Conclusions: Although 69% of eyes had a final BCVA of >20/40, the remaining 31% had severe vision loss due to BRAO. This study is ongoing and long term follow up data will be forthcoming.
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