Hypertension May Impact Your Vision

Hypertension is the cause of many health concerns. It can also damage the blood vessels in your eyes, leading to an eye disease known as hypertensive retinopathy. If you allow high blood pressure to go untreated, it can lead to serious problems with your eyes.

Symptoms of Hypertensive Retinopathy

There are a few symptoms that can alert you to the disease and should be brought up to your doctor. These include:

  • Double vision
  • Headaches
  • A sudden loss of vision
  • Dimmer vision

If you are experiencing these symptoms, you need to be seen right away. If left untreated, it can lead to permanent eye damage. Not only that, this disease is usually preceded by other serious health concerns like stroke, congestive heart failure, and other conditions. (1)

How This Eye Disease is Diagnosed

Hypertensive retinopathy is diagnosed by looking at the blood vessels in the eye. If those vessels have become more narrow or there are signs of leaking fluid, a diagnosis will be given. There are 4 stages of the disease. These include:

  • Grade 1: barely detectable narrowing arteries.
  • Grade 2: narrowing arteries are detected and you experience visual disruptions.
  • Grade 3: many changes in the blood vessels including swelling and leaking.
  • Grade 4: the optic nerve is swelling along with the center of the retina. Vision can be lost at this stage.

Hypertension may Lead to Other Eye Disorders

High blood pressure can lead to other eye disorders such as diabetic retinopathy, retinal artery, or vein occlusion. When combined with other factors such as smoking or diabetes, it can lead to vision loss.

Treatment of Hypertensive Retinopathy

Ultimately, to treat hypertensive retinopathy, you have to get your blood pressure under control. In cases of a Grade 1-3 diagnosis, the retina will recover when the BP is controlled. However, patients diagnosed with a grade 4 can suffer permanent damage to the retina.

If you are a person that suffers from high blood pressure, you should seek immediate medical attention if you have a loss of vision.

Natural Ways to Treat Hypertension

Many patients look for natural ways to reduce their high blood pressure without medications. There are many ways to naturally lower hypertension including:

When you combine these natural methods, you can often times get your blood pressure under control. This is the only way to treat hypertensive retinal disease.


(1) J Hum Hypertens. 2012 Feb;26(2):71-83. doi: 10.1038/jhh.2011.37. Epub 2011 Apr 21.


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Distress or chronic stress is uncontrollable, prolonged, or overwhelming stress. Once stress becomes distress, the body manages to survive though not always to thrive. For example, when faced with periods of chronic stress, the body’s immune system function is lowered, and the digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems no longer function the way they should. In a state of distress, the cells of the immune system (and other body systems) are unable to respond normally and produce levels of inflammation which increase the risk of further health issues.


Homeostasis refers to your body’s ability to regulate itself and maintain a comparatively stable internal environment despite external and internal conditions and events.

Your body is designed to be in a state of homeostasis, where all the systems within are functioning optimally.


Stressor is anything that is perceived by the body as challenging, threatening or demanding.

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The body is made up of intelligent, living cells that are dynamically connected. They communicate and just know what to do and when to do it in any given situation. They grow, replicate, repair, and age. Every 90 days, the body has a new bloodstream; every year, it manufactures billions of new cells; colon cells refresh every 4 days; the skin is entirely regenerated every 2-3 weeks; white blood cells regenerate in about 1 year; the liver renews itself at least once every 2 years; and the skeleton replaces its cells entirely every 10 years.

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This natural self-healing ability (also referred to as cellular intelligence or body’s innate intelligence) explains spontaneous remissions from seemingly “incurable” diseases.


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