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Rubeosis Iridis

Will my health insurance policy cover me for Rubeosis Iridis?

What is Rubeosis iridis?

Rubeosis iridis is a condition which causes abnormal blood vessel growth on the iris and the structures in the front of the eye.

When the retina has been deprived of oxygen, these abnormal blood vessels form to supply oxygen to the front of the eye. The formation of these vessels obstructs the drainage of aqueous fluid from the front of the eye, causing elevated eye pressure. This usually leads to neovascular glaucoma.

How common is Rubeosis iridis?

Rubeosis iridis is often associated with diabetes, but may also be caused by central retinal vein occlusion, ocular ischemic syndrome, and chronic retinal detachment.

What are the symptoms of Rubeosis iridis?

The most common symptom of Rubeosis iridis is a gradual loss of peripheral vision related to the secondary problem of glaucoma. Rubeosis is usually undetectable with the naked eye.

How is Rubeosis iridis treated?

It may be treated with injections of anti-VEGF medications, which act quickly, but the effects of which last only about six weeks. Permanent reversal can be achieved with pan retinal photocoagulation (PRP), which is slower to act. PRP is often used subsequent to anti-VEGF medications.

If you have not received treatment or advice, or suffered any symptoms in the past five years choose a moratorium product.
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