Eye health can be a concern with rheumatoid arthritis, as Sjogren's Syndrome is a common comorbidity. This can cause dry eyes and other complications. It is an inflammatory condition that typically affects the tear and saliva glands. If you notice irritation and a painful burning in your eye, go see your doctor. Having dry eyes puts the patient at an increased risk of eye infections and damage to the cornea.
See the accompanying comic! At my first visit with a rheumatologist, I was steadfastly against being on methotrexate because, well, I like my wine and I’m not afraid to say so, and the idea of taking a chemo drug just felt wrong wrong wrong for me. Luckily, my rheumatologist was obliging and put me on hydroxychloroquine instead…