Link Between Eye Health & Chronic Kidney Disease

From the Show: The Wizard of Eyes
Summary: What is the link between your eyes and kidneys?
Air Date: 6/6/16
Duration: 10
Host: Robert Abel, Jr., MD
Guest Bio: Theodore (Ted) Saad, MD
Theodore SaadDr. Theodore Saad is a partner at Nephrology Associates, P.A. in Newark, DE, and Chief, Section of Renal & Hypertensive Diseases at the Christiana Care Health System. He graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in physics, and then trained in both internal medicine and nephrology at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a nephrologist in the U.S. Air Force from 1989-1993, and subsequently was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine and director of dialysis at the University of TX Health Science Center in San Antonio. In 1999 he moved to Delaware to enter private practice & develop a new program in “interventional nephrology,” dedicated to maintaining vascular access essential for hemodialysis patients. He also practices as a general nephrologist caring for patients at all stages of chronic kidney disease through dialysis and transplantation. His interests include management of cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators in hemodialysis patients, arteriovenous fistula maturation, and the use of stents for treatment of stenosis in arteriovenous fistulae and grafts; he has multiple peer-reviewed publications in these and other areas.

Dr. Saad is Past-President and Fellow of the American Society of Diagnostic & Interventional Nephrology, and founding member the Vascular Access Society of the Americas. He is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, National Kidney Foundation, Renal Physicians Association, and numerous other professional societies. He has directed or contributed to numerous scientific programs in the U.S. and internationally.
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Link Between Eye Health & Chronic Kidney Disease
Diabetes and high blood pressure aren’t only the leading causes of chronic kidney disease (CKD).

They’re also the leading causes of eye disease and loss of vision. If your renal disease is a result of either condition, your vision may be at risk.

Kidney disease is quite common and associated with many other common diseases, particularly diabetes and hypertension.

Kidney disease can be detected early with simple blood and/or urine tests. Properly managed, the disease may be managed. 

Relatively few people with chronic kidney disease will progress to the later stages where dialysis or transplantation may be required.

Dialysis is a “modern medical miracle” and can allow a person with end-stage kidney disease to live with very acceptable quality of life... limited mainly by complications of other diseases, particularly heart and vascular.

Host of The Wizard of Eyes, Dr. Robert Abel, welcomes Air Force veteran and nephrologist, Theodore Saad, to discuss the advancements in the treatment of kidney disease and the link between your eyes and kidneys.