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Common Eye Problems in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

Common Eye Problems in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)Two/thirds of all cases of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is caused by Diabetes or high blood pressure. If one's renal disease is a result of either condition, his or her vision may be at risk, because these condition are also leading causes of eye disease and loss of vision.

Common eye problems in CKD

* Retinopathy

Retinopathy refers to a condition in which the small blood vessels in the eyes become damaged due to diabetes or high blood pressure.

High blood sugar level can damage the tiny blood vessels in the kidneys, fingers, feet and eyes. Increased blood pressure puts strain on the walls of the blood vessels, weakening them to the point where they can break or burst. Both type of retinopathy occur over time and symptoms are usually not felt until the impairment is done.

* Cataracts

Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy. A cataract scatters the incoming light and can make everything look blurry. People with diabetes are at higher risk for this problem.

* Glaucoma

High blood pressure and diabetes are possible risk factors for this problem. Glaucoma affects the optic nerve at the back of the eye which sends impulses to the brain. Then the brain translates these impulses into images. If too much pressure builds up in the eye, the optic nerve can become impaired. This damage could result in partial or total vision loss.

Eye problems can be a severe complication of diabetes and high blood pressure. Patients with CKD as a result of these conditions are suggested to be aware that their eyes are at risk. Managing these conditions can help prevent further eye problems as well as help CKD management.

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