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HYPERTENSIVE RETINOPATHY

by Chinomso Ogbugh 18 May 2023

Hypertensive retinopathy occurs when high blood pressure over time tends to damage retinal blood vessels. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. This condition results in visual impairment and blindness if not treated.

Causes

Hypertensive retinopathy is caused by high blood pressure. When the blood pressure is high for a long period, the vessels begin to experience tension which eventually results in damage or burst. When these blood vessels get damaged, blood can leak into the retina. The condition is more common in people who have had high blood pressure for a long time.

Symptoms

The symptoms of high blood pressure vary depending on the severity of the condition. Some common symptoms are:

  • Blurred vision
  • Eye aches and Headaches.
  • Spots or floaters within the visual field may be experienced.

 

Risk Factors

Several risk factors can increase the likelihood of developing hypertensive retinopathy. These include:

  • Have uncontrollable high blood pressure
  • Unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • High cholesterol
  • Positive family history of hypertension.

Prevention

You can prevent hypertensive retinopathy by controlling blood pressure through lifestyle changes and medical interventions. Some effective prevention strategies include:

  • Eat a healthy
  • Regular exercise
  • Maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Moderated alcohol consumption
  • Quit smoking
  • BP medications prescribed by your doctor.

Conclusion and Recommendation

If you notice symptoms such as blurred vision, pain in the eyes, spots, or floaters, you should see an ophthalmologist or optometrist immediately.

High blood pressure is a serious disease that can lead to poor vision and blindness if untreated. It’s important to seek treatment and follow your doctor's advice to prevent and manage this condition.

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