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Dr. Vaughn talks hypertension and your eyes
This is to enhance the understanding of hypertensive retinopathy and its relationship to high blood pressure since high blood pressure affects approximately 1/3 of adults in the United States.  Hypertension is an increase in blood pressure that affects many organs in the body. What most people don't realize is that hypertension can occur in your eyes. This is called intraocular pressure. Ocular hypertension usually occurs when the pressure inside the eye is higher than normal. An increase in pressure in the eyes will damage the walls of the small retinal and optic nerve arteries, which can lead to vision loss over time.  Uncontrolled high blood pressure will eventually cause severe health problems such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, ocular retinopathy and other ocular diseases. It is imperative that hypertension not be ignored by your optometrist since helping the patient manage eyecare health is of utmost importance. Your eye doctor should obtain the most recent information about this disease in order to be aware of the detrimental effect undiagnosed and/or uncontrolled hypertension can have upon the vision of a patient.