HOW HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE CAUSES EYE DAMAGE

Blind man walking with a cane

High blood pressureswells the optic nerve and narrows blood vessels

The buildup of pressure in your blood vessels can cause them to bleed and make the optic nerve inflamed. This in turn can drastically affect your vision.

High blood pressure can cause permanent vision damage

The longer your high blood pressure is left untreated the worse the permanent damage can be. As the blood vessels in your eyes begin to narrow the reduced blood flow will damage the retina. This can result in blurred vision and possibly blindness over time.

Spots on the Retina

An ophthalmoscopic view of the retina showing two pale cotton wool spots.

High blood pressure can create tiny white spots known as “cotton wool spots” on your retina seriously impairing your vision. These spots are caused by swelling of the surface layer of the retina. Once your blood pressure is under control, these spots can disappear over time.

High blood pressurecan lead to a stroke

If high blood pressure is severe and is left untreated it can lead to a stroke. A stroke can damage the optic nerve leading to severe vision problems. A Stroke often affects the part of the brain that controls an individual’s visual field. Furthermore, if the damage occurs in the posterior of the brain loss of the visual field can occur in both eyes.

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About Nutrients that keep blood pressure normal

In an effort to draw attention to the dramatic increases in chronic disease world-wide, the World Health Organization (WHO) in its report, “Preventing Chronic Disease - A Vital Investment”, pointed that chronic disease, world-wide, is increasing faster than the rate of population growth! In 2005, 60% of all deaths, about 35 million, were attributed to chronic disease. By 2015, they expect that number to rise by 17% to 41 million! One of these chronic diseases is cardiovascular disease - a disease linked to high blood pressure, which the WHO reports kills an estimated 17 million people worldwide every year. At the root of this problem is poor nutrition. Many people are just not consuming foods with sufficient levels of nutrients capable of helping our bodies fight off diseases and keep us healthy. As a way to help people improve their diet and reduce incidences of chronic diseases (particularly those linked to high blood pressure), we decided to write this blog in an attempt to highlight nutrients that are important in maintaining normal blood pressure levels. We have also included research findings to back our claims. Also featured are dietary supplements that contain the essential nutrients in much higher levels than those found in ordinary food for best results. Feel free to leave your comments or contact us in case you have any queries. Also kindly support our cause by buying any of the featured dietary supplements.
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