Hypertensive Retinopathy

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Hypertensive retinopathy is a complication of high blood pressure that, like diabetic retinopathy, can lead to a complete loss of vision when left undetected. High blood pressure can damage the sensitive blood vessels in your eyes, blocking essential nourishment from reaching the retina. The longer you have had high blood pressure, the more likely you are to develop this disorder, particularly if you smoke, have diabetes, or suffer from high cholesterol.

The retina specialists at California Retina Associates recommend people with high blood pressure visit our office at least once a year for comprehensive vision screening. Detected early, steps can be taken to keep hypertensive retinopathy from causing complete vision loss.

Symptoms of Hypertensive Retinopathy

Symptoms of hypertensive retinopathy may include:

  • Double vision
  • Dim vision
  • Headaches
  • Visual disturbances
  • Sudden loss of vision

Symptoms of this disorder do not commonly occur before it is in its later stages. To detect asymptomatic hypertensive retinopathy, our doctors can use specialized diagnostic tools that identify narrow blood vessels and check for fluid leakage common to this disease.

Treating Hypertensive Retinopathy

The only treatment for hypertensive retinopathy is controlling your blood pressure. Sadly, once your retina has been damaged by this type of retinopathy, options for even minor repair are limited. Your retina cannot be regrown, and it cannot be transplanted, which makes early detection and prompt action essential for avoiding permanent vision loss.

Why Choose California Retina Associates

When hypertensive retinopathy threatens your vision, you need the dedicated care of experienced eye doctors. At California Retina Associates, we have assembled nationally-recognized eye doctors in the field of retinal care along with some of the most advanced retinal care technology available. Eye doctors from across California and around the country refer retinopathy patients to our San Diego practice for treatment. We use the most advanced technology available to ensure you retain as much vision for as long as possible.

If you have high blood pressure, please call 619-425-7755 or 760-352-7755, or contact California Retina Associates online to schedule a hypertensive retinopathy examination at our San Diego or El Centro location today.

California Retina Associates

Chula Vista Office
835 Third Avenue, Suite A
Chula Vista, CA 91911

El Centro Office
1452 South La Brucherie, Suite A
El Centro, CA 92243

La Mesa Office
8851 Center drive, Suite 406
La Mesa, CA 91942