Eyes and CLL 2011 Nov

EYES AND CLL

It is probably wise for CLL patients to visit to an ophthalmologist every two years, perhaps annually in some cases.  CLL can infiltrate the eye. ..although fairly rare. 

"Ocular involvement in leukaemia can precede the diagnosis of leukaemia, can occur during the course of the disease, or be a sequel to therapy with steroids, chemotherapy, bone marrow transplantation or total body irradiation. From an aetiopathogenetic standpoint, ocular involvement can be direct as a result of leukaemic infiltration or indirect due to effects of anaemia, thrombocytopenia, hyperviscosity, immunosuppression or infections." (from www.nature.com)