Eye care patients usually assume that measurement of blood pressure is a general physician’s procedure. However, people generally do not visit their family doctor on a regular basis and therefore do not regularly have their blood pressure measured. A visit to your eye care specialist should, and in most cases does, take place either annually or biannually. Because these visits are more frequent, it has become common practice for optometrists to measure your blood pressure to detect hypertension.
Signs of hypertension may also be seen when the inside of the eye is examined. Usually, hypertension is associated with heart and kidney complications, but it affects vision as well. Screening for hypertension is an invaluable tool to the public because it may alert individuals about a potentially debilitating health or vision problem.