Eyes and Chronic Kidney Disease
Numerous small blood vessels run through our bodies supplying our organs with oxygen. High Blood pressure and Diabetes are a mayor threat tose thiny arteries. Unfortunately to often Chronical Kidney Failure is the result. Meanwhile other organs have suffered tremendously as well.
Therefore it is very important to keep your Blood pressure and/or your Diabetes in check. Especially the eyes are a victim to the very same destruction. High blood pressure does not just affect your internal organs. It can also damage the blood vessels in your eyes resulting in sight problems.
High Blood Pressure and Diabetes
High Blood pressure and Diabetes are the leading cause of vision loss and eye diseases. Patients that are diagnosed with either one of the mentioned, should take particular care and prevention.
Let us have a look a the common eye problems that occur in combination with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
Cataracts are experienced as a blurry vision. With the natural process of ageing we form cataracts. Individuals that suffer from Diabetes have a higher risk to develop cataracts much earlier in life. The name of those cateracts are called“sugar cataracts”. The growth of this cataracts is rapid.
This eye condition is usually caused by High Blood pressure. The immense strain of the Blood Pressure on the thiny blood vessels damage those. Diabetes can also cause this condition by high glucose levels. When this damage was caused based on high sugar levels, it is called Diabetic Retinopathy.
This eye condition usually does not give any symptoms until the damage has already occured.
When the optic nerve behind the eye is affected, then we speak about Glaucoma. Through too much pressure, High Blood Pressure for example, this nerve becomes damaged. The result is a partial or complete loss of vision.
Diabetes and High Blood pressure are both risk factors for this condition to occur. If through pressure the nutrient and oxygen supply to the optic nerve are disturbed, then the nerve starves and dies.
How to Keep your eyes healthy
If you are diagnosed with Hypertension, Diabetes or Chronic Kidney Disease as a result of either one of them, then it is vital for you to make sure to follow your doctors instructions. Keep your Blood pressure in check. Make sure that when you notice an increase in your Blood Pressure, you counteract immediately. If you have Diabetes, make sure that your Glucose levels are in check.
Do not smoke. Smoking is an additional risk factor. Especially for cataracts and glaucoma, smoking can significantly increase the risk to damage the eyes.
Take your prescribed medications, follow dietary instructions and your personal excercise regime.
The abck of the eye is the only place where those thiny blood vessels can be viewed. Many people even discover High Blood pressure during an eye examine, due to the blurred vision.
Symptoms of eye damage
Make sure to inform your doctor or renal specialist, if you have any of these symtpoms.
- Pressure on the eyes
- Blurred vision
- Dark spots
- Double vision
- Pain on the eyes
- Difficult to see from the corner of your eyes
- Floating or flashing lights