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How can eye specialists determine the difference between diabetic and hypertensive retinopathy

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Exam and testing: Dilated fundus exam--diabetic and hypertensive retinopathy typically have different appearances, however they can appear similar with bleeding and isc... Read More
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See below: Though they can sometimes look similar, an eye doctor (especially a retina specialist), can tell the difference by doing a dilated retinal exam someti... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Yes: There is some overlap but diabetes is more likely, and causes more damage.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Absolutely: Theres the old saying that the eyes are the window to the soul. It's very true that may diseases are diagnosed by findings in the eye. If your eye d... Read More
Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional 34 years experience
Yes: Your hypertension needs to be controlled better. Htn is a risk factor for stroke, heart disease, peripheral artery disease, and kidney disease. See s... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yale Kanter
Ophthalmology 62 years experience
Hypertension: The hypertension has to produce changes in the retinal vessels and this can be seen on a dilated fundus exam. This is a reflection of the acuteness o... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
See MD: See a primary care physician for evaluation and treatment. There are many options to treat high blood pressure, depending on the cause of it.
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Yes: The small blood vessels in the eye are sensitive "barometers" of hypertensive disease, and reflect the systemic changes seen in other blood vessels el... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Easy: Control the hypertension and the hypertensive retinopathy will resolve.
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Very high pressure: Hypertensive retinopathy is frequently diagnosed in those with elevated blood pressure for a prolonged period of time based upon changes in the vessel... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
HTN & the eyes.: High blood pressure causes distinctive findings on the retina, so distinctive that eye doctors can tell if someone has hypertension just by looking at... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
A Verified Doctoranswered
Family Medicine 48 years experience
YES: Yes- cetainly possible: consult a retinal specialist and check with your endocrinologist.