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Joint Pain (Arthritis) May Associate with Eye Problems – Know More Information

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Most of people think that Arthritis is an inflammation of body joints but it may cause unfortunately eye problems. People should be aware of these conditions and be careful of it to protect our valuable organ Eye.

The Affects of Arthritis on Eyes Are: –

Dry Eye:

Defects on tears production, the tear will moist our eye upper surface not only this, it protects the eye to remove outer foreign body and gives clear vision. Person with dry eye may has blurring of vision, infection to cornea, scarring of cornea. This dry eye syndrome is called Sjogren syndrome, mostly females are more affected than males. Artificial tears drop application may cause relief, mostly seen in Rheumatoid arthritis.


Inflammation of white part of eye known as sclera, symptoms are redness, mild pain, photophobia. This inflammation will control by corticosteroid eye drops, this case for Rheumatoid arthritis.


Uvea is a vascular in nature made by iris, ciliary body, choroid, very quickly affect by arthritis. Symptoms are redness, light sensitivity, pain, blurring of vision, if not treated it will turn vision loss. Your doctor may advice steroids drops, antibiotic drops, lubricating drops. Mostly seen in juvenile arthritis and spondylitis.

Retinal Vascular Occlusion:

Retinal artery will block with sudden vision loss and it may come back, sometimes vain blockage causes gradual vision loss, this happens due to lupus, scleroderma. Laser surgery is advised.


This will damage optic nerve, eye pressure will raise, visual field will gradually loss, due to ankylosing spondylitis, juvenile arthritis. Doctor will advise eyedrop for controlling eye pressure.

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By Banhi Maun

Being a Senior Optometrist With 10 years of experience on clinical optometry and ophthalmology. She is graduate in Optometry and vision science, worked at super speciality eye hospitals with her skillful knowledge. She shares lots of valuable information on eye health.

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