You probably already know that having a high blood pressure reading can cause issues for your body and will need to be monitored closely. If you’re diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure) you may also need to take medication; this is something that you will discuss with your doctor.
If high blood pressure isn’t closely monitored it has the potential to go on to cause heart disease and strokes, or even kidney disease. But it can also affect your eyesight, so it’s extremely important to have regular eye examinations. Eye examinations can also detect hypertension, as well as numerous other health issues, so you should make sure you have your eyes examined by an expert optician at least once a year.
The back of your eye is the only place where your small blood vessels can be viewed unobtrusively. Your optician will be able to use their specialist equipment (an opthamascope, or in some cases, a special camera that takes a photo of the back of your eye) to look into your eyes to check if the blood vessels have thickened, narrowed, or even burst.
High blood pressure can cause headaches, blurred vision, and even an eye disease called hypertensive retinopathy. However, if you’re having regular eye examinations, the risk of this is significantly reduced because symptoms can be spotted before too much damage is caused.
At Eye Emporium, we often have patients visit us because they’ve been diagnosed with hypertension, and we have spotted high blood pressure from an eye examination and advised patients to visit their doctor. We’ve found that not enough people are aware of the risks of hypertension, which is why we’re holding a special blood pressure awareness event in our Stratford branch next week.
This special event is being held in association with the Stroke Association, and you can learn all about high blood pressure, the consequences to your eye and general health, and the steps you can take to prevent the onset of high blood pressure.
We’ll teach you all about the lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk of high blood pressure, such as exercise, diet and giving up smoking, as well as the steps you need to take if you’ve already been diagnosed with high blood pressure.
If you’re worried about hypertension and your eyesight, if you haven’t had an eye examination for a while, or if you simply want to speak to an expert, come along to our event on the 12th of June at our Stratford branch.
For more information, give our expert team a call now, on 0800 020 9202.