High blood pressure, also referred to as hypertension, occurs when your blood vessels become too narrow, impeding blood circulation to the different parts of your body. As a result, the pressure inside your blood vessels rises, which can cause various organ complications.
High blood pressure can cause complications with your eyes. In today’s post, NOVA Vision Center, your trusted provider of eyeglasses and other eye care, talks about common hypertension-induced vision conditions.
A lack of blood flow to your retina can lead to blurry vision or even complete and permanent loss of sight if left unmanaged. This is why it’s important that hypertensive individuals have their eyes checked regularly. Taking antihypertensive medications as prescribed can help prevent this eye condition.
Increased blood pressure may also result in fluid build-up under your retina. If left untreated, this may cause blurry or distorted vision. In some cases, you may develop retinal scarring as well, which may lead to visual impairment. Make sure to have an eye exam as soon as you notice any changes in your vision, especially if you have hypertension or are at risk of developing it.
With the blood flow in your eyes compromised, your optic nerve, which delivers signals from your eyes to your brain, may become damaged. Decreased blood flow may also kill the nerve cells in your eyes. When either of these two situations happen, you may experience temporary or permanent loss of vision.
High blood pressure is a common cause of stroke. Having a stroke can damage your optic nerve and the area of your brain that is responsible for processing images. Your eye doctor explains that if this occurs, you may develop partial or total blindness. This is why it’s necessary to maintain your blood pressure levels by taking your prescribed antihypertensive medications.
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