Common Eye Problems For Dialysis Patients
Diabetes and elevated blood pressure are the leading causes of eye disease and loss of vision — which is why patients who have chronic kidney disease (CKD) are at risk for many common eye problems. Recognizing the symptoms and treating these conditions early can help catch eye disease before further damage is done.
Retinopathy is an eye disease that can be caused by diabetes and hypertension in which the small blood vessels of the eyes are damaged over time. Early symptoms of the disease include floaters, dark areas of vision, and difficulty seeing colors.
A cataract is a condition where the lens in the eye, which should be clear, becomes cloudy. The lens focuses incoming light from the front of the eye to the back of the eye (the retina) and when cataract forms, the light becomes scattered and creates blurry vision. The first symptoms are often a halo or glare in your field of vision.
Glaucoma is a group of diseases of the eye which affects the optic nerve. Over time, if left untreated, this can result in vision loss. There are usually no symptoms, so for early detection, it’s vital you get a dilated eye exam. The earlier it’s found, the more treatment options you have to prevent further damage.
Remember, prevention is key. Speak to your eye doctor if you are experiencing any new vision symptoms, and make sure to attend your regular appointments.