What is that ? What is the difference with stroke?

We often talk about cerebrovascular accident (CVA), against which we must react as quickly as possible. We regularly explain the possible symptoms, the consequences and we alert on the causes… Especially around the day of October 29, dedicated to the prevention of this disorder. But when we hear about stroke of the eye, do we know what it is?

Stroke and stroke of the eye, what is the difference?

Loss of sight in one eye, or difficulty seeing properly are among the possible symptoms of stroke. But stroke of the eye is something else: occlusion of the central retinal artery. As the Nantes University Hospital website explains, the two may be related, stroke of the eye can predict stroke, years 10% to 15% of cases explains neurologist Benoît Guillon to 20 Minutes. There would be between 5,000 and 10,000 cases per year, he estimates, and it can happen regardless of our age.

“Central retinal artery occlusion (ROAC), commonly known as stroke of the eye, is much rarer than strokes of the brain which affect 150,000 cases per year in France”, explains doctor Benoît Guillon Nantes University Hospital on the hospital site. In the interview granted to 20 Minutes, he adds that the mechanism is similar to that of stroke : this is also a “carotid artery accident”, but the clot does not go into the brain, it goes to the eye.

The OACR is due to the formation of a blood clot that blocks (…)

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