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Hypertensive retinopathy is damage to the retina from high blood pressure. The retina is the layer of tissue at the back part of the eye. It changes light and images that enter the eye into nerve signals that are sent to the brain. Most people with hypertensive retinopathy do not have symptoms until late in the disease.
Symptoms may include:
• Double vision, dim vision, or vision loss
HOW IS HYPERTENSIVE RETINOPATHY DIAGNOSED?
Using an ophthalmoscope, doctors can observe the typical appearance of the retina in people with high blood pressure. The amount of damage to the retinal blood vessels tends to correlate with the amount of damage to blood vessels in other organs affected by hypertension, such as the brain, heart, and kidneys.
HOW IS HYPERTENSIVE RETINOPATHY TREATED?
In most of the cases, a lifestyle change and medication helps in lowering the blood pressure and treating Ophthalmologist.
DID YOU KNOW?
Often, hypertensive retinopathy would be confused with diabetic retinopathy or the retinopathy due to autoimmune disease or iron deficiency.