Scleritis anybody?

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   Posted 3/3/2008 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to the eye doctor this morning because my eyes are still having problems.  Anyhow I have had Episcleritis but the eye doctor said today that it is Scleritis. 
Anyone else on here have or had Scleritis?  My eye doctor also said that Scleritis is a definite sign that something is going on in the body, where as before with the Episcleritis, it can go either way.

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   Posted 3/3/2008 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
What's the difference between the two? I used to get episcleritis all the time and was told it was linked to my crohn's.

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   Posted 3/3/2008 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Episcleritis is an inflammatory condition affecting the episcleral tissue that lies between the conjunctiva and the sclera. The sclera provides a protective, tough casing around the eye and a healthy sclera is white. The episclera is the layer above the sclera in the eye.

Scleritis is quite a rare eye condition. It is almost always associated with auto-immune diseases.

Two thirds of all cases of episcleritis are idiopathic in nature [meaning no known cause] and will get better, often without treatment, in 7-10 days. The other third of cases are associated with an underlying disease that the person has like RA, CD, gout, etc.
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