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HIV Related Issues

HIV

HIV breaks down the body’s immune system causing all areas of the body to be susceptible to infections, including the eye. It is not uncommon for HIV patients with low immunity (T cells less than 100) to get eye infections. 2 out of every 3 people with HIV or AIDS develop eye problems. These eye problems, often infections, can develop in the front or back of the eye and cause vision loss or even blindness if left untreated. Our staff is trained specifically to identify any of these problems; fortunately, these problems/infections are often treatable if diagnosed soon enough.

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Eye problems due to a suppressed immune system include the following:

  • Cotton Wool Spots
  • CMV Retinitis
  • Detached Retina
  • Kaposi’s Sarcoma>
  • There is an increased chance of an eye infection with a lower CD4+ T count
  • Cytomegalovirus retinitis, cataract, and retinal detachment are the three most common causes of vision loss in AIDS–these can all be identified.
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  • All people with HIV should have annual eye examinations to ensure that their eyes are healthy
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