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Did you know that your blood pressure and vision were related? It is 

true; if you do not treat high blood pressure, it can eventually affect 

your vision. Along with causing heart and kidney problems, untreated 

high blood pressure can also affect your eyesight and lead to eye disease. 

Hypertension can cause damage to the blood vessels in the retina, 

the area at the back of the eye where images focus. This eye disease 

is known as hypertensive retinopathy. The damage can be serious if 

hypertension is not treated.
What Are the Symptoms of Hypertensive Retinopathy?
A person typically won’t experience symptoms of hypertensive 

retinopathy; it is usually discovered during a comprehensive eye exam 

that includes a retinal examination by your eye doctor. However, 

symptoms might include headaches and vision problems.  There is new 

technology that helps the eye doctor see more of the retina then before, 

some without even dilation.  Optomap Retinal examination is one of 

them. During a Optomap Retinal Examination, a digital wide field 

image of the retina is taken without dilation of your eyes.  This image 

helps the doctor see 

80% of the retina and 

is used to diagnose and 

manage many retinal 

conditions, including 

hypertensive and 

diabetic retinopathy
Treatment
Treatment for hypertensive retinopathy might not come from your eye 

doctor. The ultimate treatment is controlling your blood pressure; this 

can be done with proper diet and exercise. In some cases, your medical 

professional will need to get involved and provide medication to keep 

your blood pressure at an acceptable level. By following a proper 

diet and keeping an active lifestyle, you can help to prolong not only 

your good health, but also good vision. Of course, keeping in contact 

with your doctor as well as your eye doctor is essential to long-term 

physical and visual health as well.  An annual comprehensive eye exam 

including a Optomap Retinal Examination is highly recommended.

Keep Your Vision by Lowering Your Blood Pressure

by Dr. Dipak R. Kalani, Optometrist, Shadow Creek Vision Source

COMMUNITY POST

Dr. Kalani, a Shadow Creek resident is an optometrist 

and owner of Vision Source Family Eye Care. For more 

information on healthy eye exams or to schedule an 

appointment, call 713-436-7544 or visit: 

www.visionsource-shadowcreek.com.