Hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure, can cause various complications, such as hypertensive retinopathy. This is why hypertensive patients are advised to have regular eye exams. Today, EyeSite of The Villages, your leading provider of quality eyeglasses and other eye care services, explains everything you need to know about this condition.
What Causes It
Chronic hypertension can cause your blood vessels to thicken over time, limiting blood flow to different parts of your body, including your eyes. As a result, the different parts of your eyes may not receive sufficient oxygen and nutrients, impairing their function.
How It Affects Your Eyesight
Changes to your vision are expected when you’ve had high blood pressure for a long time, or if your blood pressure has remained poorly controlled over the years. Your vision may not be as clear and sharp as it was before. You may also experience blurry or cloudy eyesight. Frequent headaches and sudden dimming of your vision are common, as well. Having any of these symptoms is a sign to visit your eye doctor for a thorough evaluation.
How It’s Managed
Keeping your blood pressure under control is key to preventing and managing hypertensive retinopathy. This is why it’s important to take your anti-hypertensive medications as prescribed. It’s also important to maintain a healthy weight and avoid unhealthy habits, such as smoking. Stick to the diet, exercise and lifestyle modifications your doctor has recommended.
Most importantly, have a comprehensive eye exam regularly, especially if you or any of your relatives have been diagnosed as hypertensive. This way, we can constantly monitor your eyes for any changes and advise proper treatment as soon as possible.
For more information about hypertensive retinopathy, call us at (352) 504-4560. We serve Oxford and nearby FL areas.