Can my high blood pressure affect my eyes?
Hello, I am a 55-year-old male. I have been diagnosed with high blood pressure since last month. I heard a lot about how blood pressure affects the body. Will it affect my eyes as well? I have very weak eyesight. Can my high blood pressure affect my eyes?
@jason Hello, Yes it does affect the eyes. High blood pressure can damage the tiny, delicate blood vessels that supply blood to your eyes, causing:
- Damage to your retina. Damage to the light-sensitive tissue at the back of your eye (retina) can lead to bleeding in the eye, blurred vision, and complete loss of vision. You're at even greater risk if you have diabetes in addition to high blood pressure.
- Fluid buildup under the retina. Choroidopathy can result in distorted vision or sometimes scarring that impairs vision.
- Nerve damage. Blocked blood flow can damage the optic nerve, leading to bleeding within your eye or vision loss.
High blood pressure is usually a chronic condition that gradually causes damage over the years. But sometimes blood pressure rises so quickly and severely that it becomes a medical emergency requiring immediate treatment, often with hospitalization. In situations where you experience Chest pain, personality changes, trouble concentrating, irritability, or progressive loss of consciousness seek medical help. Thank you.