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Vision Problems and BP Medication

I've never had a history of high blood pressure until recently after a sudden death in the family. I've been put in Lisinopril 10 mg for one week and now on Lisinopril 10mg with Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) 12.5 because it wasn't dropping as low as the PCM wanted (128/90s). I've read a lot of horror stories of HCTZ causing severe visual problems such as closed-angle glaucoma and other vision losses. Has anyone experienced this with BP medications such as the one mentioned?
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HCTZ is a common and relatively safe and inexpensive medication that doe not cause angle closure glaucoma. Since you are having new symptoms I suggest you see an Eye MD ophthalmologist for an exam and evaluation.
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Haven't started the new medication yet. I read the info sheet and it said "this medication may cause vision loss or other unwanted side effects" although most of the common vision problems and eye pain may be temporary and would be reversed if stopping the medication was what I was told. Further research says HCTZ may be associated with severe eye conditions that may lead to permanent impairment such as glaucoma etc, although I don't know how common that is. I already have a case of cataracts now so I figured it'd be hard to differentiate the side effects if I had them so it worries me. Have you had any experiences with patients coming in with severe eye conditions triggered from BP meds Dr. Hagan?
If you look at ANY medication and all the potential side effects you would probably not take any medications. Like if you went to an orthopedic hospital that treated victims of severe auto accidents you might be affraid to drive or get an idea about the relatively low risk of a fatal auto accident. HCTZ is one of the safest medications out there. The glaucoma you are coming up on internet searches angle closure due to ciliary body swelling and anterior rotation is extraordinaryly are, I have never seen a case in 40 years. It is so rare that when it happens it goes into a medical journal Look at the side effects of NOT TREATING HYPERTENSION: cardiac arrest, sudden death, stroke, heart attack, angina.  One of the main reasons people are living longer even though their health habits and diets are terrible is treating hypertension.
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