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A 33-year-old male asked:

Is vision connected to blood pressure -- i.e. if i lower my blood pressure, might my vision improve ?

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Not usually, unless: Your vision is only affected by extremely high blood pressure, when the effects of high BP affect the retinal vasculature ;/or optic nerve (malignant hypertension). Furthermore retinal blood vessels can be blocked causing loss of vision. Too low of BP usually causes people to feel faint ; pass out. Too low of BP has been thought to contribute to worsening of optic nerve blood flow. Goal bp: 115/70.
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 58 years experience
Vision and BP: Blindness from uncontrolled high blood is well known especially if you have diabetes. Don’t mess with high BP and your vision. If your vision issues are related to severe high blood pressure this will get better if your BP is lowered by Rice Diet or meds. Discuss with your Dr and have them examine the back of your eyes to see if related to high blood pressure.

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