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Q: Does high blood pressure effect vision?

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
1/ 4/09 11:08pm

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.

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od, Community Member
6/ 8/09 11:49pm

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, Community Member
7/21/09 5:01pm

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, Community Member
9/22/12 3:50am

Thank you sir, for your usefull answer.

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Rajan, Community Member
9/22/12 3:50am

Thank you sir, for your usefull answer.

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LINDA JONES, Community Member
1/ 4/09 1:05pm

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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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
1/ 4/09 11:10pm

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, Community Member
11/26/10 7:41pm

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

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Bill H, Community Member
12/ 1/10 10:50am

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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