Elevated eye pressure, age, family history and ethnicity are common risk factors for glaucoma. However, studies suggest low blood pressure or perfusion pressure also contributes to the development of the condition.
In this post, your local eye center, Lifetime Vision Source, discusses the effects of blood pressure on glaucoma.
You are at higher risk of glaucoma if you have elevated eye pressure. Among all the traditional factors, it is the only factor that a doctor can treat. However, eye pressure on its own doesn’t cause glaucoma nor does it explain the development of the eye disease. According to various studies, at least 40% of patients with glaucoma have normal eye pressure.
There are no warning signs for the early stages of glaucoma so it’s recommended to visit your optometrist regularly, especially if you’re at risk of the eye disease. Further vision loss can be prevented with early detection and treatment.
Blood flow to the eye is linked to the development of glaucoma. Ocular perfusion pressure is the relationship between eye pressure and blood pressure. There is evidence suggesting that it’s a major risk factor for the condition
The blood has trouble reaching the eye for oxygen and nutrient supply when the blood pressure is high and eye pressure is elevated. It’s also unable to collect and remove waste products from your eyes.
Those with normal eye pressure with naturally low blood pressure may suffer poor blood flow to the eyes. Moreover, the human body normally adjusts to changes to keep constant blood circulation in significant body parts such as the brain and eyes. However, some people don’t have this ability, meaning their tissue may not be nourished and eventually experience damage.
Glaucoma patients whose symptoms are getting worse despite having a normal pressure should regularly monitor their blood pressure and ocular perfusion pressure. Get in touch with your eye doctor if you have low perfusion pressure as this may affect the progression of the condition and your treatment options.
Lifetime Vision Source provides high-quality glaucoma diagnosis and management services. We also offer pediatric eye exam and dry eye treatment. Call us at (701) 864-3777 or schedule an appointment online. We serve patients in Jamestown, ND.