You can have eye symptoms of high blood pressure that are not caused by a separate eye condition. High blood pressure can cause symptoms not only related to your cardio-pulmonary system but also to your eyes. Follow these steps to spot, diagnose, and treat eye symptoms of high blood pressure.
NOTICE ANY HEADACHES OR DIFFICULTY WITH VISION. - Hypertensive retinopathy can be caused by hypertension when the blood vessels in the retinal area of the eye become damaged and the eyes have trouble focusing as a result. Also pay attention to any recurring experiences with headaches. Simply taking ibuprofen to reduce pain and swelling will only mask the real problem.
DETERMINE IF YOU HAVE HYPERTENSION. - If you have already been diagnosed with hypertension then skip to step three. If not, go to your primary doctor and for a check up. If diagnosed you will receive instructions to reduce hypertension. This is key in treating your eye problems as well.
SEE AN OPTOMETRIST OR EYE CARE PROFESSIONAL. - Ask your doctor to refer you to a vision specialist to determine if you also have hypertensive retinopathy. The doctor will use a combination dye in the eye and light to determine what extent of damage has already occurred.