RA and dry eyes

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Kimber
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   Posted 12/16/2006 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
 
  I was wondering if anyone with RA also suffers from extremely dry eyes?  I recently went to see the opthamologist for my six month check up for Plaquenil and he asked if I was having any problems.  I told him that I've had some dizziness and light sensitivity for years but lately it has gotten much worse.  He literally had to pry my eyes open when he shined that light into my eyes, which to me felt like I was looking into the sun!  Never really knew I had a problem with dry eyes until I started using the artificial tears he recommended.  The relief doesn't last too long, maybe an hour or so, but it's funny to me how you can think something is normal until it's pointed out it's not.  Eye exam was fine btw, told me we'd "start" with the drops and see if that works and helps some of the symptoms I'm having.  I sure hope so.
 
Thanks for any input.
 
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TeeB
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   Posted 12/16/2006 11:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I too suffer from dry eyes. I also take the plaquenil. It is worse at night. I noticed my eyes are always tired and I squint alot and it is harder for me to read at times.

Tee
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yalinda
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   Posted 12/17/2006 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   
i have RA and dry eyes. i was told it is not uncommon with RA i also take natural tears drops when it gets bad. i tend not to wear my contacts as much since and i have less problems. although i will be vein during the holidays i am certain :)

curley
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   Posted 12/18/2006 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I have RA and i suffer from dry eye's as well.I also get a gritty feeling in both of my eye's and I was told that it was from my RA and my crohns.I to use eye drops and it does help some what.My eye's have gotten worse I to am on Plaqunile and it has started to effect them.
Curley
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Kimber
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   Posted 12/20/2006 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
The drops do seem to be helping with the blurred vision and "tired feeling" as TeeB described.  Hopefully in time it will help with the other stuff too.  Thanks so much for your replies! 
 
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ReactiveConstellationNE
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   Posted 12/20/2006 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Eye issues are a key diagnostic symptom of Reiter Syndrome which is a close relative to RA....you might want to look into that as an alternate diagnosis, especially if you have had any urogenital or other pelvic issues!
Conditions: Chronic Pelvic Pain, Severe Lesioning of the Spermatic Cord, Reiter Syndrome (Reactive Arthritis and Myalgias along with a slew of other symptoms), Sacroiliitis, Costochondritis, widespread Tendonitis, and on and on. Typical daily pain levels exceed 8.5.

Medications: Oxycodone, Fentanyl, Dilaudid, Opana (Oxymorphone), Lidoderm (lidocaine) Patches, Flexeril, Soma, many herbs & supplements.


TeeB
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   Posted 12/30/2006 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
my eye doc told me to use "Refresh Liquidgel" drops they do help some.

Tee
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Kimber
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   Posted 1/2/2007 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Tee,

   Yes!  That's what I'm using as well.  The eye doc said they are thicker and what he uses himself.  He gave me some samples of other kinds, but that particular one is working better than anything else.

 

 


 
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