View Full Version : interesting facts from my eye specialist.

01-24-2012, 05:21 AM
i went for my latest eye examination.

my cateracts are starting to effect my everyday vision,
but that is not why i am writing.

my specialist was talking about my dry eyes.
many of us suffer from this problem.

my specialist is involved in a study into dry eyes.
it is her belief that dry eyes and arthritis, (any form), are intermingled.

the chemical imbalance (or what ever it is), that causes arthritis.
also causes dry eyes.
if you have any form of arthritis......you have dry eyes.

this fact is not yet recognised by the medical fraternity in large.

she also reccommends for me that i use liquid drops 3 or 4 times a day,
and gel lubricant at night.
the combination rebuilds the tear drop layer on the outside of the eye.
any less, and you can slow the deteriation of this layer..... but not rebuild it.

so there is 2 points i am trying to make....
1. it is going to effect all of us.
2. it can be stopped with sufficient applications of the correct medication.
everyone will need different amounts, depending on there enviromnent and severity of damage.

01-24-2012, 05:34 AM
Thank you for the info.
I have dry eyes, about 90% of the time.
I will make an appointment with my eye doctor and talk to him about this.


01-24-2012, 08:30 AM
Dry eyes - along with joint pain, fatigue, etc, are primary symptoms of Sjogren's (SHOW-grenz) Syndrome - which is very closely related to Lupus, and often people have both. If you have very dry eyes and/or mouth, it's worth asking about. It gets treated a lot like Lupus, but there are some distinguishing features that make it worth testing for - there are some particular blood tests they can do that point to Sjogren's as opposed to (or in addition to) Lupus.

i had never heard of it until my Rheum did a blood panel - the results, along with my medical history, pointed pretty conclusively to Sjogren's being present along with the Lupus and APS.

Hope that helps somebody.....

01-24-2012, 10:23 PM
I agree with Sleepy - severe dry eyes can point to Sjogren's. Here's a good site for more information: http://www.sjogrens.org/
You know how we always say that these fraking AI diseases like to run in packs. Sjogren's seems to be one of them that likes to come along with it's buddies every chance it gets.
As Sleepy pointed out, high SSAs and/or SSBs in the bloodwork can point to SJS. Mine was "slightly positive". I also had a lip biopsy done when I volunteered for a study at UCSF. It was also on the low end of positive, but it was enough to confirm the SJS.
I don't know if Restasis is available where you live, but it has been helpful for me. These might be some good things to ask about on your next visit to the eye doc.

Angel Oliver
01-25-2012, 01:53 PM
Thanks for the info Steve.I too have srjogrens, i have the eye drops n recently lost my perifral vison.Having dye in the arm and the eye doctor gonna look at the back of my eye.Has anyone had that done in here? Just wondering what to expect.Doctor said my vision loss wont come back. I dont have the gel though,i may ask the doctor about that as at night my eyes feel so gritty.

01-25-2012, 04:36 PM
The gel is OTC here in the US. You might check with your pharmacy.
I think that I read about someone describing that dye in the arm thing lately. It might have been Chinadoll.
I hope that yours goes well.