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Why would inflammatory bowel disases affect our eyes ? Do all patients need an annual eye doctor exam?
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
In brief: Not common
Inflammatory bowel disease is an autoimmune process in which your immune system attacks your bowel.
This is sometimes generalized and you can get an inflammatory condition termed uveitis inside the eye(s). Also prednisone is commonly given for bowel inflammation and has a side effect that can affect the eyes. Best to get the eye exam annually if that is what your doc advises.

In brief: Not common
Inflammatory bowel disease is an autoimmune process in which your immune system attacks your bowel.
This is sometimes generalized and you can get an inflammatory condition termed uveitis inside the eye(s). Also prednisone is commonly given for bowel inflammation and has a side effect that can affect the eyes. Best to get the eye exam annually if that is what your doc advises.
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