Uveitis occurs when then middle layer of the lining of the eye called the uvea becomes inflammed. This condition can happen without any known underlying cause but can also occur in people with rhuematic conditions such as, ankylosing spondylitis, juvenille rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and sarcoidosis. Eye pain, redness and light sensitivity are the most common symptoms. Severe pain and vision change requires emergency attention. Steroidal eye drops which reduce inflammation are commonly used but sometimes they are not adequate and swallowed immunosuppressive treatments or injectable biologic treatment is required.
If you have an autoimmune condition and notice redness and pain in your eye, know that prompt attention is needed and your specialist and/or an opthamologist should be seen.
Carolyn Whiskin is the Pharmacy Manager for Charlton Health. Carolyn specializes in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, pharmaceutical compounding, women’s health, pain and smoking cessation. Carolyn has won provincial and national awards for her commitment to patient care and public service.