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Does rheumatiod arthist affect the eye? if so how can we prevent eye demage?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: Uveitis is more familiar in sarcoidosis and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis; eye problems are famously seen in reactive arthritis (formerly misnamed "reiter's"), but if you have known RA and an uveitis, there's a fair chance that the arthritis is the cause, though one would not want to jump to that conclusion without ruling other entities in or out. Interdisciplinary consultation is in order.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
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If both eyes and mouth are dry, there may be coexistent Sjogren's
Jul 30, 2013
Dr. Matthew Goren
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Yes: Ra can affect the eye in many, many ways. The most common is probably simple dry eye. There are more severe manifestations as well including vasculitis, corneal melts, etc. Keeping the RA in check systemically is the best way of protecting the eye. Eye complications are a definite sign of RA that is not controlled adequately.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Episcleritis is probably second most common to dry eyes.
Jul 31, 2013

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