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Dr. Corey Clay
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Hypertensive Retinopathy (Overview)

Hypertensive retinopathy is frequently diagnosed in those with elevated blood pressure for a prolonged period of time based upon changes in the vessels in the retina. It also is a pathology of very high blood pressure in which retinal vessels leak fluid leading to radiating patterns of yellow in the retina.


Dr. Corey Clay
22 doctors shared insights

Hypertensive Retinopathy (Overview)

Hypertensive retinopathy is frequently diagnosed in those with elevated blood pressure for a prolonged period of time based upon changes in the vessels in the retina. It also is a pathology of very high blood pressure in which retinal vessels leak fluid leading to radiating patterns of yellow in the retina.


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Please let me know if there is any difference between diabetic retinopathy and hypertensive retinopathy?

Please let me know if there is any difference between diabetic retinopathy and hypertensive retinopathy?

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 pressure on the small arterioles in eye tissues, may lead to vascular occlusion. Diabetic eye disease affects the smaller capillary vessels, causing leakage and/or blockage of blood. If advanced, diabetic disease may require laser treatment or surgery. ...Read more

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Eye doctor says im at risk for stroke because of hypertensive retinopathy?

Eye doctor says im at risk for stroke because of hypertensive retinopathy?

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 dr. Saw changes in your retina caused by hypertension, it definitely raises your possibility of stroke. With 750, 000 strokes happening each year, you need prompt evaluation and treatment. See your family md as soon as you can. Good luck! ...Read more

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In what way can you cure hypertensive retinopathy?

Control your: blood pressure and take your blood pressure medication as prescribed. This can stabilize the retinopathy and in some cases, allow it to improve. It helps to monitor your blood pressure at home, eat healthy, and exercise. Good luck.. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Hypertensive retinopathy?

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 vessels in the retina. It also is a pathology of very high blood pressure in which retinal vessels leak fluid leading to radiating patterns of yellow in the retina. ...Read more

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How can you determine the grade of your hypertensive retinopathy when your ophthalmologist's report doesn't specify?

How can you determine the grade of your hypertensive retinopathy when your ophthalmologist's report doesn't specify?

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 or chronicity of the uncontrolled or untreated hypertension. Ask for an answer on your next examination. ...Read more

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What can I do to control my blood pressure if I have hypertensive retinopathy?

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. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is any difference between diabetic retinopathy and hypertensive retinopathy?

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 pressure on the small arterioles in eye tissues, may lead to vascular occlusion. Diabetic eye disease affects the smaller capillary vessels, causing leakage and/or blockage of blood. If advanced, diabetic disease may require laser treatment or surgery. ...Read more

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

Exam and testing: Dilated fundus exam--diabetic and hypertensive retinopathy typically have different appearances, however they can appear similar with bleeding and ischemic areas of the retina. Areas requiring treatment to save vision (other than improving the underlying disease) can be found using imaging and angiogram diagnostic tests. ...Read more

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Does GFR of 54 for 3months, =54%kidney function? I have hypertensive retinopathy, on bp Meds. Eating right. High Stress job. Any Suggestions?

Does GFR of 54 for 3months, =54%kidney function? I have hypertensive retinopathy, on bp Meds. Eating right. High Stress job. Any Suggestions?

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 hypertensive retinopathy, or if you have any abnormalities on urinalysis or testing of urinary concentrating ability, it'd be worth a nephrology consult. Hypertension is both caused by and damages the kidneys, typically. I'd get seen. ...Read more

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I have hypertensive retinopathy so do people with this often have sclerosis and vascular changes to other blood vessels as well?

I have hypertensive retinopathy so do people with this often have sclerosis and vascular changes to other blood vessels as well?

Yes: The small blood vessels in the eye are sensitive "barometers" of hypertensive disease, and reflect the systemic changes seen in other blood vessels elsewhere. Larger blood vessels like the carotid, cardiac and aorta arteries develop atherosclerosis, whereas the smaller retinal, renal, ; cerebral develop arteriolar sclerosis. Blood pressure control is essential for organ protection. ...Read more

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Eye doctor says im at risk for stroke because of hypertensive retinopathy?

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 dr. Saw changes in your retina caused by hypertension, it definitely raises your possibility of stroke. With 750, 000 strokes happening each year, you need prompt evaluation and treatment. See your family md as soon as you can. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dx with moderate hypertensive retinopathy but do not suffer high blood pressure. Went to ophthalmologist due to flashes of light. Wrong diagnosis?

Dx with moderate hypertensive retinopathy but do not suffer high blood pressure. Went to ophthalmologist due to flashes of light. Wrong diagnosis?

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 their retinae. Can other things cause those findings? Sure, I suppose, but you listed hypertension as one of your conditions so for you that would be the prime candidate for those findings. ...Read more

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What are the causes of central serious retinopathy?

Many things: Csr is an eye disease which causes visual impairment, often temporarily, usually in one eye, mostly affecting males in the age group 20 to 50 but which may also affect women. This condition may be caused by the use of cortisol or corticosteroids. Csr is a fluid detachment of macula layers from their supporting tissue allowing choroidal fluid to leak into the subretinal space. ...Read more

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Retinopathy (Definition)

Retinopathy is a generic term for any disease ...Read more