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High Blood Pressure and Your Vision

One myth that our Arizona eye doctors are constantly dispelling is that general health and eye health are two totally separate entities. And while some agree that various changes to activity and diet can affect both eye health and general health, there are many who believe that the occasional lifestyle change is the only link between the two.

But our experienced Arizona eye doctors know: that myth couldn’t be further from the truth.

From bad habits to poor diets, unfortunately, our everyday choices can do more than affect our bodies negatively; they can affect our sight. And while these health complications are certainly not few and far between, one is especially serious: high blood pressure.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition in which the heart is forced to work harder to pump blood to the rest of the body. Commonly caused by factors such as obesity, genetics, and smoking, high blood pressure can be incredibly dangerous, for it increases the risk of stroke, heart disease, and kidney disease.

And it can also spell trouble for your vision.

Because the heart is over-stimulated in a person diagnosed with high blood pressure, a considerable strain is placed on the eyes. The blood vessels will narrow and if the pressure is forceful enough, the vessels can even begin to bleed. This may in turn cause swelling – resulting in mild to severe loss of vision.

And while some eye conditions brought about by high blood pressure can have only temporary effects, others can cause long-lasting or even permanent vision impairment. Though some symptoms are treatable if addressed in time, the only true solution is comprehensive blood pressure management.

To protect your peepers (and your heart!) before any problems arise, make sure you eat a balanced diet, cease unhealthful habits, and lead an active lifestyle – in addition to scheduling an annual Arizona eye exam with a trusted eye care professional.

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