Post Edited (Jen77) : 11/2/2008 10:55:14 AM (GMT-7)
Like Naboo57, my Crohn's first came on with eye problems. In fact, they never went away and that is what ultimately led me to further testing and the diagnosis of Crohn's (I had stomach problems, but blamed it on other things).
Anyhow, it started out looking like pink eye and I had the foreign body sensation. I did not have any discharge or itchiness, just redness that would not go away and pain that would gradually set in. My first eye doctor thought it was allergies at first, but I ended up having Episcleritis that gradually became worse in my left eye and was diagnosed as Scleritis.
I DO have to say that the pain I have had, especially from the Scleritis, is so intense you KNOW something awful is wrong.
I am so glad your eye is doing better! That is great news!
Ugh! That stinks prednisone can cause astigmatism! I already had astigmatism in both eyes before I ever went on prednisone...I wonder if it can make it worse?
Sorry I'm late to chime in. I have been fighting posterior scleritis of the eye now for two years. Finally, I have regained the sight in my right eye and am working now to correct the diplopia (wall eyed) in that eye. It was just a year ago my bad eye was 20/400 (blind as a bat) with my second retina detachment. Not only that but it was beginning to attack my good eye. I even bought a white cane and was considering learning Braile or more likely just checking out of life in general.
Although rare, you can go blind with Crohns related auto immune eye issues. Take it from me, don't take eye issues lightly. If your eye hurts, even like a persistent sinus headache, see an opthamalogist. I went through two before I esculated to a college professor level retina specialist before I turned the corner.
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