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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

How Does Polycystic Kidney Disease Cause Eye Problem

2013-05-04 11:20

How Does Polycystic Kidney Disease Cause Eye ProblemHow does Polycystic Kidney Disease cause eye problem? We know severe eye problem is a symptom of this genetic kidney disorder, but it doesn’t mean all PKD patients will suffer from vision loss finally. The following is a real story about today’s topic.

I am a PKD patient. Unfortunately, my eyes are starting not to see properly. What should I do? One patient leaves such a message on our website. We can deeply understand her suffering, so today, we are here to give the answer for those people who are also faced with this problem.

According to clinical research, high blood pressure and loss of kidney function are two big risks for PKD patients’ eye problem.

High blood pressure: It is reported that nearly 60% of patients with PKD have high blood pressure by age 20~30. In the early stage of hypertension, retinal artery is likely to have functional contraction temporarily. With this change, patients may have transient blurred vision. Fortunately, their vision can recover to normal after high blood pressure is controlled very well. However, if the patients have refractory high blood pressure, they may suffer from hypertensive retinopathy that is difficult to reverse.

Build up of too much toxins and wastes in the body: As the growth of cysts in the kidney, more and more normal kidney tissues will be replaced by enlarged kidney cysts. When a large part of kidney function loses, too much wastes and toxins will deposit in the body that can cause damage to many organs including retina. In addition, dialysis treatment can also cause vision loss.


From the above analysis, we can knowing high blood pressure control and kidney function protection is the key to prevent patients’ vision from losing. In Polycystic Kidney Disease, shrinking kidney cysts is the key to control their condition. You have eye problem? Your high blood pressure is difficult to control? You haven’t find effective treatment to shrink your cysts? You can seek kidney experts’ help to make a more scientific treatment plan, no matter what problem you have. 

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