Doctor – I Have Rheumatoid Arthritis And My Eyes Hurt. How Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Affect The Eyes?
By Nathan Wei
While the most obvious symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis have to do with joint swelling and pain, there are multiple other problems that may occur that an arthritis specialist has to be constantly vigilant for.
For instance, rheumatoid arthritis can cause damage to the lungs and heart and be associated with significant damage to the skin and nerves. Also, it can cause serious problems with the eyes.
There a number of eye conditions that can be associated with rheumatoid arthritis and its treatment. These include:
• Dry eyes. This condition is often a tip-off that Sjogren’s disease, a common autoimmune condition coexists with the rheumatoid arthritis. Generally, patients with rheumatoid arthritis who also have Sjogren’s disease have a more severe course of disease and prognosis.
• Inflammation of the inner part …