I did a search on dry itchy eyes and found that an arthritis flare can cause these symptoms.
Thanks Yalinda. I didn't know that RA can cause dry eyes. Maybe I'll have my husband pick up some artificial tears. Why is Visine a no-no? I've never used it, but might have picked that up instead of artifical tears... I'm having more and more trouble with my contact lenses staying in--eyes get too dry.
When I saw an opthamologist for the plaquenil baseline monitoring, he told me to use artificial tears if I started developing dry, scratchy eyes. At the time, I wasn't having too many problems. He never said don't take visine, but he specifically mentioned artificial tears which are readily available OTC. I think they have stronger prescription ones, but I don't think I'm there yet. I'm going to try the artificial tears today. My eyes were so sore when I woke up this morning, I was afraid I wasn't going to be able to put my contacts in.
I also have very bad astigmatism (off the charts in one eye, but both are bad). I wear the toric lenses as well. I think when I first started wearing them years ago, it took some practice taking them out, as well as putting them in. I also have to pay a bit more for them, but they make toric disposables these days (yay)!
I have an appt. with my opthamologist for a visual field test (plaquenil monitoring) and an optic nerve imaging study (I'm a potential glaucoma suspect) in September. I doubt I could get an earlier appt if I tried. I see my rheumy in a couple of weeks and I'll mention it to him. In the meantime, if my eyes don't straighten up I'll ditch the contacts and wear my glasses.
Caprie, Thanks for sharing your experience with mtx. Do you mean that you live on the eastern shore of MD? I live in central MD, and yes the weather has been atrocious lately. However, I've had this dry eye thing for a while; long before the weather started misbehaving.
Hi Curley. Sorry to hear about your eyes. It sounds like your problems are strikingly similar to mine. I don't believe it's caused by the plaquenil, though. If plaquenil affects your eyesight, I believe it contributes to a peripheral vision loss--not related to near or far-sightedness.