As most people know, having high blood pressure isn’t good for your heart & kidney health but did you know how it effects your eye health? High blood pressure can cause damage to the vessels which supply blood to your retina, which in turn can lead to retinopathy. Having this can cause bleeding in your eyes, blurry vision and eventually a complete loss in vision. It can also cause a build up of fluid under the retina, choroidopathy, and this causes distorted vision. High blood pressure can also cause optic neuropathy which is a result of blocked blood flow that damages the optic nerve, it can kill nerve cells in your eyes, which may cause temporary or permanent vision loss.
High blood pressure can also cause a stroke which can impair the optic nerve or damage the area of the brain responsible for processing images. Treating your high blood pressure is extremely important not only to your eye health but your overall health. If you have high blood pressure, seeing your doctor on a regular basis is important. It is equally important to have annual eye exams.