A Relationship Between High Blood Pressure and Glaucoma
Research shows that high blood pressure and glaucoma may go hand in hand.
In a recent study of people with glaucoma, about 29 percent also had high blood pressure, making hypertension much more common in this group than in the general population and causing researchers to speculate that hypertension may play a role in the development of glaucoma. If you have high blood pressure, control it with weight management, healthy eating, regular exercise, and other prescribed treatments, and ask your doctor about eye screenings.
Glaucoma is an eye condition that can lead to blindness. High pressure within the eye gradually damages the optic nerve, causing progressive sight loss. In a study in which researchers discovered an association between high blood pressure and glaucoma, researchers also noted that certain hypertension medication may be best for reducing glaucoma risk in people being treated for high blood pressure. However, more research is needed to confirm these findings. If you’re taking medication to control high blood pressure, do not change your dose or stop taking the medication without consulting your healthcare provider. Ask your healthcare provider which medication is best for treating your high blood pressure and what kind of follow-up care you require, including eye disease screenings.
Keeping your blood pressure at 115/76 mm Hg can make your age as much as 12 years younger.