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Hypertension

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Hypertension, also known as High Blood Pressure, is a common condition where the blood pressure in the arteries are persistently elevated.  Hypertension is a major risk factor for stroke and heart disease.  Like many conditions, symptoms for high blood pressure could go undetected unless measured by your doctor.

Hypertension can cause signs in the eye called Hypertensive retinopathy.  These signs include arteriovenous changes, hemorrhages, cotton wool spots, or optic nerve swelling to name a few.   

Along with seeing your primary care doctor regularly, we recommend annual dilated eye exams as well.