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Alternative Names Bloodshot eyes; Red eyes; Scleral infection; Conjunctival infection Prevention To prevent conjunctivitis: Do NOT share anything that has touched the eye of someone with this contagious condition -- like pillowcases, sheets, towels, or eyeliner. Wash your hands right away if you have come in contact with someone with conjunctivitis. Wash out any chemicals or objects from your eye immediately. References Wright JL, Wightman JM. Red and painful eye. In: Marx JA, ed. Rosens Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice . 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 32. Rubenstein JB, Virasch V. Conjunctivitis: Infectious and noninfectious. In: Yanoff M, Duker JS, eds. Ophthalmology . 3rd ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby Elsevier; 2008:chap 4.6.
Can rheumatoid arthritis affect the eyes and vision? Just as RA is an inflammatory disease which attacks bones and joints, it can also attack the eyes. Complications may include dry eyes, episcleritis, scleritis, corneal problems, glaucoma, cataracts, and Sjogren’s Syndrome. As patients living with complicated medical issues, we should get regular check-ups including annual eye exams.
Dry Eyes, Sjögren's Syndrome, and RA
Dry eyes is a common problem for patients living with rheumatoid arthritis. Patients may notice irritation, a gritty feeling, painful burning, sensitivity to light, and a sensation that something is in the eye. It is caused by a lack of tear production. Patients with dry eyes are at increased risk for infections around the eye and damage to the cornea.
Eye dryness is also a symptom of Sjögren's syndrome which is an inflammatory disease that can affect many different parts of the body, but most of...
I have eye allergies, and they're no fun. Any time of the year, but especially in the early summer and during ragweed season, I can expect to unexpectedly have itching, watering, and/or burning of one or both of my eyes. Usually, I don't even know why it starts. Sometimes it only lasts for a short time; other times, it can go on for days, getting steadily worse. One summer, it got so bad, I had a corneal abrasion and sustained permanent damage to one of my eyes, though thankfully it doesn't affect my vision. Can you relate? Have you ever woken up in the morning with your eyes glued shut from a nightime's worth of dried mucus? Can you imagine trying to make a living on the computer when your eyes are red, irritated and weeping? I can. I used to try treating my allergies myself with over the counter eye drops like Visine. I didn't know that could be dangerous until I had that bad corneal incident I mentioned above. it seems that most of those eye drop...
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