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Understanding Hypertensive Retinopathy

by Caroline Cauchi, OD

Hypertension is a vascular condition that can develop when you have high blood pressure. If not controlled, this condition can lead to various organ complications, like hypertensive retinopathy. Read on as Vision Solutions, your leading provider of contact lenses and other high-quality eye services, explains everything you need to know about this condition.

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What Causes Hypertensive Retinopathy?

High blood pressure can cause the walls of your blood vessels to thicken over time. This can restrict blood circulation in your body, limiting nutrient and oxygen delivery to critical organs, including your eyes. Without prompt treatment, you may experience irreversible vision loss.

What Are the Symptoms?

With inadequate blood supply, the functions of the different parts of your eyes may become impaired. You may experience blurry, double or dim eyesight. You may also experience frequent headaches and eye fatigue. We advise visiting your eye care clinic as soon as possible if you experience any of these symptoms.

What Is the Treatment?

Our priority is to help control or stabilize your blood pressure. This is why taking your antihypertensive medications as prescribed is critical. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating nutritious foods and exercising regularly is also extremely important. Finally, be sure to have your eyes checked on a regular basis, especially if hypertension runs in your family.

What Is the Difference Between Hypertensive Retinopathy and Glaucoma?

You may have noticed that hypertensive retinopathy and glaucoma both involve uncontrolled pressure levels. The former, however, usually occurs as a complication of long-standing systemic hypertension, while the latter develops when your eye fluids don’t drain properly. Glaucoma can damage your optic nerve, a symptom absent in ocular hypertension.

Whether you need hypertensive retinopathy or glaucoma treatment, we’ll be ready to help you. Call us today at (619) 461-4913 or complete our form to learn more our premier eye care services. We serve La Mesa, CA, and the surrounding areas.