How High Cholesterol Affects Your Eyes

How High Cholesterol Affects Your EyesProtect Your Vision By Lowering Your Cholesterol

We all know by now that high cholesterol leads to a myriad of health problems, but one of the more disconcerting effects of high cholesterol can be the loss of vision. The eye is the lamp of the body, and if you have ever suffered temporary loss of vision you know how important your eyesight is. High cholesterol can cause the following eye issues, so it is important to monitor and control your cholesterol.

  • Retinal Vein Occlusion: Vascular disease can cause cholesterol to line blood vessels throughout your body, including in your eye. If the buildup becomes too great, it can result in a blockage that prevents blood vessels from reaching the retina. This blood clot can burst or cut off blood flow in part of the eye, leading to blurred or even lost vision. Fortunately, there are treatments for retinal vein occlusion (lasers and aspirin) that can usually restore at least partial vision.
  • Corneal Arcus: If you have noticed deposits around your cornea that are white, gray, or yellow you may be suffering from a corneal arcus, which is caused by high cholesterol. Diabetes and high blood pressure can also cause this condition, so have your healthcare provider investigate the underlying cause. While a corneal arcus will not usually impair your vision, it generally indicates a more serious health issue that should be handled as quickly as possible.

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