Along with causing heart and kidney problems, untreated high blood pressure can also affect your eyesight and lead to eye disease. Hypertension can cause damage to the blood vessels in the retina, the area at the back of the eye where images focus. This eye disease is known as hypertensive Retinopathy. The damage can be serious if Hypertension is not treated.

What Are the Symptoms of Hypertensive Retinopathy?

A person typically won’t experience symptoms of hypertensive retinopathy; it is usually discovered during a routine eye exam. However, symptoms might include headaches and vision problems.

How Is Hypertensive Retinopathy Diagnosed?

When you come for your regular eye exam, if the optometrist suspects hypertensive retinopathy after having a look at the back of the eye using an instrument called an ophthalmoscope, you will be referred to an ophthalmologist, who will confirm the diagnosis and advice with treatment.

How Is Hypertensive Retinopathy Treated?

The best way to treat hypertensive retinopathy is to adequately control your blood pressure.

 

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