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Can High Blood Pressure Lead to Vision Loss?

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High blood pressure or hypertension puts you at risk of heart disease, stroke and even vision loss. Around 85 million people suffer from this condition in the United States.

Can High Blood Pressure Lead to Vision Loss?

In this post, Park Slope eye care specialists discuss the link between high blood pressure and vision loss.

Eye Conditions Caused by High Blood Pressure

The eyes contain many small blood vessels, which is why having high blood pressure can lead to various eye-related complications. Below are eye conditions that can develop due to hypertension.

1. Retinopathy or Blood Vessel Damage 

This disease is due to a lack of blood flow to the retina. It may lead to blurry vision or complete eyesight loss. Patients who have diabetes and high blood pressure are at higher risk of developing blood vessel damage.

2. Choroidopathy or Fluid Buildup Under the Retina 

Fluid buildup under the retina, which is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye, may cause distorted vision and scarring that affects vision.

3. Optic Neuropathy or Nerve Damage 

Blocked blood flow ca damage the optic nerve and can kill the eye’s nerve cells, which may lead to temporary or permanent vision impairment.

Hypertension is one of the major causes of stroke, which can damage the optic nerve or affect the area of the brain that processes images. Visit your eye doctor if you’re experiencing any eye discomfort or vision problems.

Maintain Healthy Blood Pressure

Simple changes can help you manage your blood pressure. Lifestyle adjustments are the first line of treatment for hypertension. Hypertensive patients are advised to spend at least 30 minutes engaging in activities like walking, jogging, cycling or swimming at least five times a week. Eat a healthy and balanced diet. Avoid smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol, which can raise blood pressure.

If you have hypertension, visit your eye doctor for regular eye exams to monitor your vision and eye health. We specialize in Park Slope family eye care and vision therapy. Call us today at (347) 380-7070 and learn more about our services. We assist patients in Brooklyn, NY.

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  • Written by Justin Bazan

    Dr. Justin Bazan is a 2004 SUNY College of Optometry graduate. He established Park Slope Eye in 2008 with the goal of providing high quality eyecare and incredible eyewear for the neighborhood. He has a true passion for optometry and stay up to date with the current research and trends. He is active in the profession and holds several leadership positions on the local, state and national levels. Dr. Bazan is a Park Slope local and can often be seen out in the neighborhood so be sure to say Hi next time you see him!

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