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What does taking high blood pressure medication have to do with glaucoma?

Taking high blood pressure medication can affect the eyes of people who have glaucoma. In glaucoma there is an elevated pressure in the eye. If blood pressure becomes too low, which can occur in people taking blood pressure medications, it may affect the eye as the blood has difficulty getting through the high pressure in the eye to deliver oxygen and nutrients as well as to carry away waste products.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Taking medication to lower hypertension can sometimes cause overly low blood pressure in the blood vessels that nourish your optic nerve, and that can starve these delicate fibers. That's one reason why so many people who take medication for high blood pressure are also on glaucoma medication.
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