Hypertensive retinopathy is an ocular condition that develops due to uncontrolled high blood pressure. Many patients may live with hypertensive retinopathy for extended periods of time without any symptoms. Untreated, however, this condition can lead to serious damage to the retina and your vision. Fortunately, it can be easily diagnosed during an eye exam.
At Rockland Eye Physicians & Surgeons, in Garnerville, NY, our vision specialists are dedicated to providing accurate, timely eye care that protects your vision and preserves your quality of life. With an expansive, knowledgeable team, we can personalize your treatment, from conservative methods to surgical procedures.
What Is Hypertensive Retinopathy?
Hypertensive retinopathy is a secondary condition that occurs in patients who suffer from chronic hypertension or high blood pressure. Patients who also suffer from diabetes are at a higher risk of developing this condition.
Left uncontrolled, high blood pressure can affect the retina. The retina is the tissue at the back of the eye that contains photoreceptor cells that send signals to the visual cortex of the brain. High blood pressure can impede this process as it causes the blood vessels in the retina to harden and thicken, preventing proper blood flow.