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Eye Disease Hypertensive Treatment

Treatment for hypertensive retinopathy depends on the severity of the eye disease. Treatment often includes medications to control high blood pressure, a low salt diet, and regular eye examinations. Additional treatment for hypertensive retinopathy may include retinal laser surgery.

Treatment options for hypertensive retinopathy include:

Eye Disease Hypertensive Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of hypertensive retinopathy.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Eye Disease Hypertensive Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat hypertensive retinopathy:

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Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Eye Disease Hypertensive References
  1. Dodson PM, Lip GY, Eames SM, Gibson JM, Beevers DG. Hypertensive retinopathy: a review of existing classification systems and a suggestion for a simplified grading system. J Hum Hypertens. 1996 Feb;10(2):93-8. [8867562]
  2. Wang JJ, Mitchell P, Leung H, Rochtchina E, Wong TY, Klein R. Hypertensive retinal vessel wall signs in a general older population: the Blue Mountains Eye Study. Hypertension. 2003 Oct;42(4):534-41. [12939235]
  3. Yu T, Mitchell P, Berry G, Li W, Wang JJ. Retinopathy in older persons without diabetes and its relationship to hypertension. Arch Ophthalmol. 1998 Jan;116(1):83-9. [9445212]
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