Rheumatoid Arthritis-Related Eye Concerns
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system mistakenly targets the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis causes inflammation and is a systemic disease meaning it can affect the entire body. As it relates to the eye, rheumatoid arthritis may lead to conditions such as dry eye, scleritis or uveitis.
Dry eye is a common condition in which the eyes do not produce adequate tears, leading to redness and irritation. Scleritis affects the sclera, or white portion of the eye, causing pain and inflammation. Uveitis is an inflammatory condition that affects the uvea, or inner portion of the eye.
Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis-Related Eye Concerns
In addition to the common joint pain and inflammation experienced with rheumatoid arthritis, you may experience symptoms of associated eye conditions, including:
- Eye redness
- Eye pain
- Eye dryness
- Blurred vision
- Dry/gritty feeling in eyes
- Sensitivity to light
Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis-Related Eye Concerns
If you have rheumatoid arthritis and experience persistent dry eyes, inflammation, or irritation, talk to your eye care professional, as well as your rheumatologist.
If you have rheumatoid arthritis you should have your eyes examined regularly to help identify any eye health issues early.
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