HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE LEADS TO EYE DISEASE

Have you noticed that whenever you go into the doctor’s office for any reason, they always check your blood pressure? They put the sphygmomanometer or blood pressure metre around your arm and inflate it with air. This is such a standard procedure but a very critical one in the maintenance of our health. Although the human body is extremely complex, with many different ‘moving parts’, all the unique and different parts are all interconnected. So, a pulled muscle in your hamstring can affect your neck’s mobility as with a condition like high blood pressure can affect the way your eyes process images. Everything is connected, and nothing can be left to chance, especially when it concerns our health!

Did you know that blood pressure is the force of pressure against the blood vessel walls, and not the speed at which blood flows through your arteries and veins? Did you also know that high blood pressure leads to Hypertensive retinopathy, an eye disease that has no symptoms but is easily detected during a routine eye exam? It’s a scary thought when something as serious as high blood pressure which causes life threatening conditions like aneurysms (bulging of your artery), heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure, have no symptoms.

The causes of high blood pressure are still unknown, but known factors do contribute to its development:

– Smoking

– Being overweight

– Consuming too much salt

– Being physically inactive

– Consumption of too much alcohol

– Stress

– Older age

– Genetics

– Adrenal and thyroid disorders

– Sleep apnea

It seems like anyone can have high blood pressure. You don’t need to be overweight, nor do you have to consume unhealthy amounts of salt or even be a smoker. You can be fit and have problems sleeping. You can be at an age where the chances of having high blood pressure are more common. Your high blood pressure could be hereditary. Or you could just be under a lot of stress.

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Did you also know that your optometrists  can check for high blood pressure? They’ll use a special instrument called an ophthalmoscope to check the back of your eyeball for narrowed blood vessels, spotting of the retina, any type of discharge, swelling of the retina and optic nerve and any kind of bleeding.

We are all at risk, regardless of our health, which is why we should come in and have ourselves checked out. See your health care provider or your eye doctor before its too late. Do it today!

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THIS PROCEDURE IS WORTH LOOKING INTO

The Blephex machine is a medical device that is used by ophthalmologists to treat Blepharitis, the most common eye disease in the world. And until recently, it is the most undertreated eye disease in the world. It is also a precursor to Dry Eye Disease (DED). Some of the visual symptoms of Blepharitis are the swelling, grittiness and crusting of the eyes. This crusting can lead to the very terrifying issue of the sufferer’s eyes being stuck together in the morning. The irritating effects of itching and foreign body sensation accompany this unsightly appearance, along with the constant need to rub them. As the disease progresses, it will eventually lead to DED.

These symptoms are the result of the over production of otherwise normally occurring bacteria that live along the margins of the eyelid and eyelash area. This overgrowth of bacteria spawns a biofilm that is the perfect environment for the Demodex mite, which produces exotoxins that damage tear glands and prevent them from actively creating healthy tears – which help to maintain the health of the eyelid and eyelash area.

The process of cleaning with the Blephex machine is painless and quite simple – the ophthalmologists glides the clinical grade sponge along the eye lid and lash line. This procedure removes the biofilm which the DemodexMite use as a food source. This brief procedure brings immediate relief and the production of healthy tears is initiated.

The beneficial effects of cleaning your eyelid and eyelash area are much like visiting your dentist to maintain healthy teeth. By having your eyelids cleaned regularly, this ensures that Blepharitis will be stopped from returning and that your tear glands will actively continue to make healthy tears, thus avoiding Dry Eye Disease.

Our location at St. Clair is fully equipped to check for Dry Eye Disease. Contact us before this becomes a problem that could have been prevented.

High blood pressure leads to eye disease called Hypertensive retinopathy

Have you noticed that whenever you go into the doctor’s office for any reason, they always check your blood pressure? They put the sphygmomanometer or blood pressure metre around your arm and inflate it with air. This is such a standard procedure but a very critical one in the maintenance of our health. Although the human body is extremely complex, with many different ‘moving parts’, all the unique and different parts are all interconnected. So, a pulled muscle in your hamstring can affect your neck’s mobility as with a condition like high blood pressure can affect the way your eyes process images. Everything is connected, and nothing can be left to chance, especially when it concerns our health!

high-blood-pressure-and-vision---Copy

Did you know that blood pressure is the force of pressure against the blood vessel walls, and not the speed at which blood flows through your arteries and veins? Did you also know that high blood pressure leads to Hypertensive retinopathy, an eye disease that has no symptoms but is easily detected during a routine eye exam? It’s a scary thought when something as serious as high blood pressure which causes life threatening conditions like aneurysms (bulging of your artery), heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure, have no symptoms.

 

The causes of high blood pressure are still unknown, but known factors do contribute to its development:

  • Smoking
  • Being overweight
  • Consuming too much salt
  • Being physically inactive
  • Consumption of too much alcohol
  • Stress
  • Older age
  • Genetics
  • Adrenal and thyroid disorders
  • Sleep apnea

It seems like anyone can have high blood pressure. You don’t need to be overweight, nor do you have to consume unhealthy amounts of salt or even be a smoker. You can be fit and have problems sleeping. You can be at an age where the chances of having high blood pressure are more common. Your high blood pressure could be hereditary. Or you could just be under a lot of stress.

Did you also know that your optometrists can check for high blood pressure? They’ll use a special instrument called an ophthalmoscope to check the back of your eyeball for narrowed blood vessels, spotting of the retina, any type of discharge, swelling of the retina and optic nerve and any kind of bleeding.

We are all at risk, regardless of our health, which is why we should come in and have ourselves checked out. See your health care provider or your eye doctor before its too late. Do it today! Contact us today!