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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
18 years experience Retinal Surgery
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

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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abdul Khan
23 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes, big difference.: Aside from being caused by 2 separate diseases, eye manifestations are distinct as well. Hypertensive eye changes occur from chronic affect of high pr ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Goldstein
30 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes: There is some overlap but diabetes is more likely, and causes more damage.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
26 years experience Neurosurgery
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
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yale Kanter
60 years experience Ophthalmology
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
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
33 years experience Ophthalmology
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 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
33 years experience Ophthalmology
Absolutely: Having hypertensive retinopathy means that the hypertension is damaging your eyes. You need to lower your blood pressure.
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
This is serious: Diet and "job stress" are actually unlikely to have much to do with kidney disease, and GFR estimates are only semi-scientific. However, if you're got ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
33 years experience Ophthalmology
Easy: Get blood pressure under control.
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jon Fishburn
29 years experience Ophthalmology
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
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