What is High Blood Pressure?
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can affect your body and eyes in many ways. It is important to know what your blood pressure is and to maintain good control of it.
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Changes In Your Retina
Changes that can occur in your retina from high blood pressure include:
• Edema and swelling of your retina
• Exudation (fluid leakage) and buildup of protein and lipids in the retina
• Small infarctions of the retina (tissue death due to inadequate blood supply), also known as “cotton wool spots”
• Arteriosclerosis: arteriolar narrowing, artery-vein crossing changes (also known as “AV nicking”), changes in the color of arterioles and in advanced cases, sclerosis (abnormal hardening) of the blood vessels
• Optic nerve swelling and blurred vision
Severe cases of hypertension may result in blockages of the retinal veins or arteries. These blockages of circulation (called occlusions), can cause severe loss of vision or even blindness.
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Inside Your Eyes
Your ophthalmologist or retina specialist can directly see your retinal blood vessels through a comprehensive, dilated eye exam. The appearance of these vessels and your retina are excellent markers of the overall health of your body’s blood vessel system. In fact, the retina is the only place in the body where your physician can directly see your blood vessels. The retina is one of the organs most sensitive to sustained hypertension. Subjected to high blood pressure over time, the retinal blood vessels can become damaged and leak. Contact the doctors at Retina Consultants Houston and schedule your exam today.