High blood pressure (HBP)- is a serious condition that can lead to coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, eye problems and other health problems. “Blood pressure” is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage the body in many ways.If you have high blood pressure you can also develop Glaucoma.
Glaucoma– a condition of increased pressure within the eyeball, causing gradual loss of sight.The combination of the these can cause numerous problems associated with your eyes and your ability to see. Please schedule a dilated eye exam as early detection can produce better out comes and treatments to save your vision.-MDA
By Robert Preidt HealthDay News
Long-term high blood pressure may increase the risk of glaucoma, according to a new study. The researchers said their findings suggest that doctors should consider a patient’s blood pressure when managing the eye disease, the second leading cause of blindness in the world.
Glaucoma occurs when excessive pressure inside the eye pushes back against blood trying to enter the eye. It had been thought that because high blood pressure (hypertension) ensures that blood can enter the eye, it could counteract the high eye pressure that causes glaucoma.
The study was published in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science.
“When we raised blood pressure … for four weeks, we didn’t get the same protection against eye pressure elevation as in the (one-hour) case,” study author Bang Bui, from the department of optometry and vision sciences at the University of Melbourne in Australia, said in a journal news release.