It’s no surprise that high blood pressure is extremely unhealthy. You probably already know that it can have effects that include an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney problems. But were you aware that high blood pressure can also affect your eyes? Well, it can. At Throggs Neck Optical, we are committed to helping you see as well as possible and to maintain optimal eye health. Dr. William E. Guerrero and our entire Throggs Neck optometry office want you to be aware of the impact that high blood pressure can have on your vision. As part of a regular, recommended yearly eye exam, you will be screened for hypertensive retinopathy, the eye disease that can come about as a result of high blood pressure. Since symptoms are usually not detectable, it is vital that you get your eye exam every year, especially if you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure.
Hypertensive retinopathy has a negative impact on the blood vessels in your retina, the back part of your eye. If detected in a timely fashion, it can be treated and serious damage can be avoided. Although you will likely not have any specific symptoms, you should be aware that headaches and vision problems could be an indication of possible hypertensive retinopathy. When Dr. Guerrero examines you, he will be looking for signs such as bleeding in the back of the eye, spots on the retina, narrowed blood vessels, and swelling of the optic nerve to form a diagnosis.
Treatment for hypertensive retinopathy is centered on treating your high blood pressure. Only by getting it under control will the issues that are affecting your eyes be alleviated. In conjunction with your primary care doctor, our Throggs Neck optometry office will help you to take the necessary steps that typically result in successfully lowering high blood pressure. Among these steps is achieving and maintaining an ideal body weight, eating a diet that is approved by your primary care doctor, and taking any prescribed medications for your high blood pressure regularly and as recommended. Doing so will be a boost for your overall health as well as your eyes.