People who have
sickle cell disease can sometimes have vision
problems. Blood cells that change shape or "sickle" can get trapped in blood
vessels, blocking the blood flow. When this blockage occurs in the small blood
vessels in the inner lining (retina) of the eyes, it can cause
vision problems. This most often occurs in people who have hemoglobin SC
disease, a type of sickle cell disease.
In the worst cases, the
retina may come loose, leading to permanent blindness.
This may happen suddenly, without any warning.
Hemophilia refers to a group of inherited disorders that cause abnormal bleeding. The bleeding occurs because part of the blood -- called plasma -- has too little of a protein that helps blood clot.
Symptoms of hemophilia range from increased bleeding after trauma, injury, or surgery to sudden bleeding with no apparent cause. There are two types of hemophilia:
Hemophilia A -- also called classic hemophilia -- is most common and occurs in about 85% of people with hemophilia.
Early detection can
help prevent these problems. Have your child's eyes checked during the newborn
period and again at all routine well-child visits.
And get routine eye exams as an adult. Try to go to a doctor who specializes in
eye problems (ophthalmologist).
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Martin Steinberg, MD - Hematology
October 7, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 07, 2010
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