Does High Blood Pressure Affect Vision?

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Does High Blood Pressure Affect Vision?

My husband was just diagnosed with high blood pressure and his vision has been getting worse. Is there any connection?

Answer

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.

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