• GG GG
    January 03, 2009
    Does high blood pressure effect vision?
    GG GG
    January 03, 2009

    My husband 48 years old was just diagnosed with high blood pressure and his vision has been getting worse.  Any connection???

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  • Martin Cane, M.D.
    Health Pro
    January 04, 2009
    Martin Cane, M.D.
    Health Pro
    January 04, 2009

    GG,

     

    Thanks for your question.

     

    Yes, high blood pressure can affect vision.  This is usually when blood pressure is not controlled on a long term basis.  Acute rises of very high pressure can affect vision acutely.  It is also possible that your husband's vision changes are unrelated to his pressure. 

     

    Either way, he should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist who will carefully examine his retinas - the back of each eye that is filled with blood vessels.  Sometimes, treatment is required to the retinas in addition to medication given for blood pressure control.

     

    Best wishes.

     

    Martin Cane, M.D.

    • od
      od
      June 08, 2009
      od
      od
      June 08, 2009

      Thanks for this reply. Please remember that an optometrist (non-surgical eye doctor) can also evaluate this and only if treatment is needed, will refer to the appropriate specialist.

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    • spaceapex
      July 21, 2009
      spaceapex
      July 21, 2009

      Are the vision changes reversable if your blood pressure is reduced for a period of time? I am only 32 and my vision has been affected by my 160/110 blood pressure.  Finally getting it in check but worried about vision.

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    • Rajan
      September 22, 2012
      Rajan
      September 22, 2012

      Thank you sir, for your usefull answer.

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    • Rajan
      September 22, 2012
      Rajan
      September 22, 2012

      Thank you sir, for your usefull answer.

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  • Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    January 04, 2009
    Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    January 04, 2009

    Hi GG,

     

    Yes, high blood pressure does affect your eyes just like every other organ in the body.  The increased pressure places extra force on the small arteries that supply blood to the retina.  Eventually these small arteries narrow and thicken resulting in reduced blood flow to the retina.  This reduced blood flow will affect vision.

     

    All the best,

     

    Lisa Nelson, RD

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    • shuey63
      November 26, 2010
      shuey63
      November 26, 2010

      Thanks for your answer. So I should have my bp under control before my eye exam?

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  • LINDA JONES January 04, 2009
    LINDA JONES
    January 04, 2009

    Since I was diagnosed with hbp in May of 2008 my vision has become worse.  Also I notice a change with the bp is higher than normal.  I talked with my heart doctor and he said that until your bp is under control you vision does in fact change.  I am past due for my eye exam and he told me not to get my eyes examined until my bp is under control. We were hoping on January but my bp is still not yet under control enough due to having spikes still.  Hope this info is helpfull.

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  • Bill H December 01, 2010
    Bill H
    December 01, 2010

    Most blood pressure medications have side effects like all medications do.  I have weaned myself off of them and tried a couple of different types.  I have determined that these medications do effect vision.  Double vision, or ghosting is what I experience with these medications.  Unfortunately, if you are genetically predisposed to hypertension then there isn't much one can do.  But, if you are able to control your blood pressure by controlling you weight then a good diet and exercise is a much better alternative to medications of this type.

     

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