A 37-year-old member asked:
does inflammatory bowel disease affect your eyes?
5 doctor answers • 17 doctors weighed in
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
It can: Can cause iritis, an inflammation of the eye, rarely scleritis, a dangerous inflammation of the sclera (white of eye) or marginal keratitis, of the cornea.
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
It can: More often than chron's. See an eye md, gi, pcp, rheum, regularly.
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Yes.: All the seronegative spondyloarthropathies can cause eye problems. This includes ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, reiter's syndrome, enteropathic arthritis. All can cause uveitis or iritis. This can lead to anterior chamber glaucoma. All can cause conjuctivitis, which can be mistaken with allergy or infection. These illness are associated with cryptic or overt crohn's or enteritis.
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
It may: If are having any symptoms let your md know as a formal optho eval might be necessary.
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Inflammation: Inflammatory conditions tend to run together so inflammatory bowel disease is associated with inflammatory conditions in other parts of the body including the eyes. In the eyes, uveitis is most common inflammatory manifestation but scleritis is also known to occur as well. Google these terms to read about them.
Last updated Oct 4, 2016
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