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Blood pressure and eye health


t seems like almost everyone is on blood pressure medication nowadays.  We all worry about our blood pressure being too high (hypertension), but almost never hear anything about it being too low unless you are physically passing out.  Eye doctors often see the results of hypertension when we look at the retina in the back of your eye.  However, too low of a blood pressure can cause problems as well.  For example, low blood pressure appears to worsen the progression of glaucoma.  There is also some evidence that the treatment for mild hypertension might have no effect on cardiovascular events, stroke, or death.  The take-home point is you need to be seen by both your physician for blood pressure regulation and by your optometrist for retinal health checks on a routine basis.