Today, more than ever, there is a very clear understanding of just how bad for your health it is to have high blood pressure. Recently, the guidelines for what is considered unsafe have been lowered in order to promote greater wellness. Your eyes are no exception when it comes to being affected by high blood pressure. At Throggs Neck Optical, we are committed to addressing everything that puts your eyes at risk, and that includes making it a priority to prevent hypertensive retinopathy, an eye disorder that is a direct result of your blood pressure being out of the recommended range.
One thing that is true of many eye disorders is that they develop and progress without providing you any warning signs during their early stages. And that also describes hypertensive retinopathy. Just as with high blood pressure itself, you may not realize that you have it, but that does not stop it from causing you harm. This is an important reason why we recommend that you get an examination by our eye doctor in the Bronx once per year. Along with easily recognizable eye diseases like cataracts and glaucoma, a simple routine screening at our office will also reveal the presence of hypertensive retinopathy. If it is not diagnosed and is left untreated, it can lead to your retinal blood vessels sustaining damage. The diagnostic process requires the use of an ophthalmoscope, which allows our eye doctor in the Bronx to see the back of your eye where the retina is located. If detected, you will need to work closely with your primary doctor in order to get your blood pressure lowered. And any damage to your retinal blood vessels may require a referral to an eye surgeon to have it repaired.
To keep your eyes from danger to high blood pressure, as well as from other eye diseases, schedule your annual eye exam. Call our office today to make an appointment.