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Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO)

Program Status

Open - We are accepting applications for new and renewal patients. If your application for assistance is approved you can begin receiving funding immediately.

Maximum Award Level

$ 5,000 per year. Patients may apply for a second grant during their eligibility period subject to availability of funding.

Eligibility Criteria

Patient should be insured and insurance must cover the medication for which patient seeks assistance.
The medication must treat the disease directly.
Patient must reside and receive treatment in the United States.
Patient’s income must fall below 500% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Get Help With Your Treatment

Apply Online (Click Here) or call 1-866-316-PANF (7263)

Information About the Disease


Central and branch retinal vein occulusions (RVO) happen when the vein at the back of the eye is blocked. This blockage causes pressure build and some of the small blood vessels in the eye may burst and cause fluid to leak into the retina. If untreated the vessels may be able to repair themselves and bypass the blockage but there may be permanent damage to the retina resulting in vision loss. There are several conditions that increase your risk of RVO including hypertension, diabetes, multiple myeloma, vasculitis, leukemia, and others. There are many different treatments for RVO, both medications and surgical, all of which aim to preserve the vision of the patient.


For more information, please visit these websites:

Retina Research Foundation:

Prevent Blindness:

The National Federation of the Blind: