67 million American adults (31%) have high blood pressure—approximately 1 in every 3 American adults. Hypertension greatly increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death in the United States. (Source CDC.gov)
Hypertension in diabetics worsens diabetic eye disease.
Hypertension affects the eye by increasing the risk of bleeding (from central and branch retinal vein occlusions by stiff retinal arteries), leakage of cholesterol into the eye, optic disk swelling or damage from a compromised blood supply to the optic nerve or retina. Stroke from hypertensive crisis can cause loss of peripheral and central vision, as well as double vision.
Your ophthalmologist can assess the extent of your ocular damage from untreated hypertension.
Call us today at 480 237 3799 to schedule your medical eye exam at Phoenix Eye Group.