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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Division of Transplantation

Eye Exams

You should have regular eye exams (every 6 months) especially if you are diabetic. Kidney transplantation does not cure the diabetic retinopathy which damages the small blood vessels of your eyes. Careful glucose control along with regular medical check ups are the most effective ways to prevent damage to the precious blood vessels of your eyes.

You may notice some changes in your vision after your transplant. This is one of the effects of the high doses of the steroid, Prednisone, that you must take in order to prevent your body from rejecting the kidney.

These changes in your vision should improve as your Prednisone dose is decreased during the post transplant period. For this reason it is recommended that you put off corrective lens changes if possible until your maintenance dose of Prednisone is reached (about two months).