Surprisingly, many cases of hypertension are first discovered by optometrists during routine eye exams. Chronically high blood pressure, or hypertension, is one of the most common diseases in the world. Roughly 50 million Americans, and nearly 70% of all senior citizens, suffer from abnormally high blood pressure. The eye is an incredibly unique organ. It is the only place on the body where one can inspect blood vessels without having to break the skin. For this reason, examining eyes provides a different and closer view of many blood and circulation-related issues.

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00:00 Intro – You Can Only See It In The Eyes!
01:02 High Blood Pressure or Hypertension
03:35 How Does Hypertension Affect Your Eyes?
05:41 Other Ways Hypertension Can Affect Your Eyes
10:20 Summary – Your Eyes Are Connected to You!

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While a regular eye exam doesn’t replace a regular health check up with your doctor, it’s often the first place that high blood pressure is picked up, as patients are often symptom-free. Optometrists may also be able to catch signs of other diseases too – such as diabetes – which can also cause damage to the eyes.

High blood pressure (hypertension) can quietly damage the body for years before symptoms develop. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to disability, a poor quality of life, or even a deadly heart attack or stroke. #dryeyedrops #dryeyedisease #dryeyes #dryeyesyndrome #dryeyestreatment #dryeye #dryeyedoc

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