High blood pressure can increase a person's risk for cataracts and glaucoma.
(PRWEB) August 06, 2013
Blood pressure, if it is too high, can damage the small, delicate vessels that supply blood to the eyes. High blood pressure also increases a person’s risk for cataracts and glaucoma.
A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye, which eventually clouds the vision. Although cataracts develop slowly, with time it can become difficult to read, drive a car or even see the expression on a friend’s face. Fortunately, cataract surgery is a generally safe and effective procedure.
Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders resulting in optic nerve damage, usually caused by abnormally high pressure inside the eye. This may cause loss of vision, and is in fact one of the leading causes of blindness in the U.S.
It is estimated that over four million Americans have glaucoma but only half of those know they have it. People over 60 are considered a part of the high risk group for developing this disease. It is important to get eyes examined regularly, as early diagnosis and treatment can minimize or prevent optic nerve damage.
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