I had quite high eye pressures for over 6 years. This was prior to my diagnosis with Crohn's. I was officially labeled a glaucome suspect and had to go to the ophthamologist every 6 months for extensive eye testing. Due to an insurance change I had to get a new ophthamologist in the midst of this. He happened to be have a lot of patients with autoimmune diseases and had become somewhat of a specialist in this area.
Eighteen months after starting Remicade my eye pressures suddenly returned to normal. It was also about
this time that my GI symptoms disappeared and the GI said my guts were in remission. My ophthamologist said he thought my high eye pressures were a result of systemic reaction to all the inflammation in my body and once it was under control, my eye pressures returned to normal.
I am still treated as a glaucoma suspect - eye exams every 6 months. Certainly medications can increase eye pressures. I just wanted to share my story to let you know that the disease process itself appears to play a role in this also.
Get yourself a good ophthamologist and be faithful about
keeping those appointments!
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