Most people think of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) as a joint disease. But did you know that RA often causes eye complications that may result in inflammation, pain, and even loss of vision?
Unfortunately, it’s true. But being informed about the danger to your eyes can help you manage complications before it’s too late.
4 Common Eye Complications of Rheumatoid Arthritis
1. Dry Eyes
One of the most common complaints people with Rheumatoid Arthritis have is dry eyes. Dry eyes are not only uncomfortable, but they can lead to more serious problems.
Some Rheumatoid Arthritis patients suffer from Scleritis, an inflammation of the sclera or white of the eye. Symptoms include:
- red eyes
- eye pain
- intolerance to light
3. Iritis & 4. Uvetis
Other issues for those with Rheumatoid Arthritis are Iritis (inflammation of the iris) and Uveitis (inflammation of the uvea). These conditions, if left untreated, can cause all kinds of other more serious eye conditions, including:
- permanent vision loss
Rheumatoid Arthritis Medications Can Impact Eyesight, Too
Those with Rheumatoid Arthritis should also keep in mind that medications prescribed by their Rheumatologist can have serious side effects for the eyes. At the first sign of eye trouble individuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis should see their Ophthalmologist or Eye M.D.
Eye Exams Can Make All the Difference
If you’re suffering with Rheumatoid Arthritis, be sure to make regular appointments with your Ophthalmologist or Eye M.D. to evaluate your eyes. Contact us to schedule an appointment today — we serve all of Central New Jersey and have experience working with patients who have Rheumatoid Arthritis.