Vision can play an important role in a person’s overall health and well-being. A person living with type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, or both may have a higher chance of developing issues with their eyes more often.

Type 2 diabetes can lead to prolonged periods of elevated blood sugar levels, affecting several areas of the body, including the eyes. High blood sugar can damage the blood vessels in the eyes, leading to vision problems or blindness.

Similarly, kidney disease can increase a person’s chance of developing eye conditions and diseases. 

Managing the conditions can help prevent eye damage or involvement. If a person notices issues with their eyes, it is important that they contact their doctor for a diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible. 

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases recommends that people receive a dilated eye examination at least once a year to prevent potential vision issues from worsening.

The following infographic provides some insights into possible issues a person living with type 2 diabetes and kidney disease may experience with their eyes.