Last month we discussed the negative effects hypertension or high blood pressure can have on different parts of the eyes. This month’s article will cover the connection between our eyes and stroke risk.
A study in Australia found that adults whose eyes showed signs of hypertension were three times more likely to experience a stroke than those without hypertensive symptoms in their eyes.
Wait a minute. Hypertension in the eyes?
That’s right. Our eyes can experience the same damage as the rest of the body. Hypertensive retinopathy is a condition where the blood vessels on the back of the eye become damaged and the cause of hypertensive retinopathy is hypertension. It’s very important to be aware of how our eyes are doing, because sometimes our eyes start exhibiting signs of certain conditions before the rest of our body tells us.
How do I know I’m at risk for a stroke?
With a simple comprehensive eye exam, our optometrists can spot the early risk signs of stroke. Dilating the eyes for instance allows them to look at the interior of your eye for signs of lack of oxygen to the blood vessels. Detailed pictures of the inside of each eye are taken using what’s called a Fundus camera for insights into the overall health of your eye as well. Other tests that may be done are:
- Fluorescein angiography
- Intraocular pressure
- Reflexes of your pupil
- Slit-lamp examination
- Testing of side vision
- Visual acuity
If something is found your optometrist will notify you and refer back to your primary care physician.
As this series strives to show, an eye exam can do much more than diagnose your eyesight. Our optometrists have the tools and experience to help you see your best and maintain your overall health.
Another condition to be aware of is eye stroke. Although not as commonly known, it is possible to have a stroke in your eye and not even realize it. Eye strokes are virtually painless, but they can lead to more serious conditions. That is why a yearly comprehensive eye exam is so vital.
Who Is At Risk for Stroke?
- Patients with HBP (high blood pressure)
- Patients with high cholesterol
- Patients with diabetes
- Patients with poor cardiovascular health
Any changes you notice in your vision could be a clue that you may be at risk for stroke. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms contact our office immediately:
- Loss of peripheral vision
- Distorted or warped vision
- Blind spots
At Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center we help you see your best but we also want you to be the best person you can be. To make an appointment contact us at 815-932-2020.
This article is a part of a series of articles that cover The Top 10 Diseases An Eye Exam Can Diagnose