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.
In the early 20th century, Swedish physician Henrik Sjögren (SHOW-gren) first described a group of women whose chronic arthritis was accompanied by dry eyes and dry mouth. Sjögren's syndrome (SS) can develop on its own (called “primary SS”) or as a complication of another autoimmune disorder (called “secondary…