WHAT IS HYPERTENSIVE RETINOPATHY?
Hypertensive retinopathy occurs when high blood pressure causes damage to the retina. Vision loss depends on how high the blood pressure is and for how long it has been elevated.
WHAT CAUSES HYPERTENSIVE RETINOPATHY?
The main cause is uncontrolled high blood pressure. High cholesterol and diabetes also can contribute.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HYPERTENSIVE RETINOPATHY?
Symptoms may include headache, blurry vision, and floaters in the vision. Some patients may not experience vision symptoms if blood pressure has been elevated for long periods. A retina specialist can help determine how severe the damage is.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS FOR HYPERTENSIVE RETINOPATHY?
Treatments include safely lowering blood pressure and in some cases medications to treat swelling and bleeding in the retina. Close consultation with your primary care physician is also recommended.