Ask the Expert: Azza El-Remessy, Ph.D., R.Ph.
Associate professor and director for clinical and experimental therapeutics, College of Pharmacy, University of Georgia
Q: "Can high blood pressure harm my vision?”
A: Diabetes and high blood pressure are separate risk factors for damage to your retinas, which essentially convert light into images. So be sure to pay close attention to both conditions. Also, since the combination of high blood pressure and diabetes can damage tiny blood vessels in your retinas within the first five years of developing these conditions, it's important to be aware of these risks early.
Minimize the danger by working with your doctors and pharmacists to control your blood sugar and blood pressure through a healthy lifestyle.
From our sister publication Diabetes Focus Winter 2012