LOTS of eye pain-- Iritis?

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inflamed
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   Posted 8/30/2007 1:22 PM (GMT -7)   
My eye has been irritated for more than a day for no reason. I first thought something was in it, but I flushed it and poured drops in, but nothing helps. It was just as bad or worse this morning. It seems worse when I am in bright light or trying to focus on something (reading). At those times (like now when I am trying to kook at the scree) it gets almost unbearable and I have to rest both eyes.

Also, most of the eye is read but the outside corner hurts the worst. It waters a lot too. Any ideas on what it is, or how to bear it until I can get it checked out?


Thanks!
Currently in remission!

Post Edited (inflamed) : 8/30/2007 5:27:14 PM (GMT-6)


gogogirl
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   Posted 8/30/2007 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I personally have not had any problems with my eyes, but did visit a opthomologist for the first time . I was told to be very careful of eye problems because it is common with this disease. I was told that the first signs were red itchy eyes. It might be the best thing to have this checked out right away.
Good luck!

inflamed
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   Posted 8/31/2007 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Bump.

I know some people here have had this or other eye problems. I need tips to get through the work day (staring at a computer).
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Dave D
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   Posted 8/31/2007 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
There is another disease than Iritis. It's calleded Scleritis. While it's not as common, the symptoms and outcome can be much worse. Mine started when I went off Entocort. Steroids slow inflamation of the eyes as well as the gut. While my right eye did not appear red in any sense, it felt tired when I read alot and also hurt. I thought it was a cataract I knew was growing so I went to the Opthamologist who said I had a "mass" in the eye and referred me to another opthamolagist who was a retina specialist. Not good words to hear. My "mass" turned out to be inflamation in the rear of the eye, pushing the retina wall forward until it tore and detached. Treatment was 80 mg of Prednisone per day for more than a month, again not good words to hear. Unless yours turns out to be Scleritis, which is an autoimmune disease associated with other autoimmune diseases like Crohns, I'll spare you the rest.
Bottom line, don't fool with it. See an opthamolagist!
Dave D
Retired male in late 60's. Perforated Colon in 92. Diagnosed as Ulcerative Colitis in 93. Uncontrolled flareup in 97 dictated J-pouch surgery. 04 Capsule endoscopy diagnosed as Crohns not UC. Emergency surgery in 05 to remove lodged camera capsule. Biopsies positively diagnosed Crohns at that time. 12/06 Unsucessfully tried Naltrexone(LDN). 2/07 developed scleritis of the eye, tearing and detaching the retina. Treated with high doses of Prednisone. 6/07 Eye is healing and currently taking Entocort counting on the residual (non-systemic portion) treating the eye. In October if eye is stabilized, will need cataract removal (obviously old steroid associated). Then surgey to the back of the eye to remove scare tissue caused by the detachment. The upside? Right now I only have to clean one side (lense) of my glasses.
Married with 4 grandkids.


metoo50
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   Posted 8/31/2007 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
eye problems are related to crohn's. Currently using Prednisolone Acetate drops every 2 yrs. There is a lot of pain in the eyeball, and the eye is very sensitive to light.

HuskerFan
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   Posted 9/3/2007 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Good Luck to you...I have had eye problems when I was in a flare......and my eyes were very red...the whites of my eyes were red....alot of pressure..hurt with the light...Mine only went away when my flare did....

Hence I am on Remicade....now and hopefully I will not have this return...
Mis-diagnosed for two years--doctors thought I had RA!

Fistua surgeries in Sept 2006,Dec 2006 and Aug 2007
Centon placed in fistula track during last surgery..permanent open wound
Finally diagnosed w/CD & Fistulizing Disease in Jan 2007
Currently taking Remicade since May 2007


Brian84
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   Posted 9/3/2007 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
metoo50 said...
eye problems are related to crohn's. Currently using Prednisolone Acetate drops every 2 yrs. There is a lot of pain in the eyeball, and the eye is very sensitive to light.
are your eyes dry a lot too? Does the medicine work? I haven't been to an opthomoligist, just an optomitrist and I said something about how my eyes hurt all the time and are really sensitive to sunlight and water and they just said I had dry eyes or maybe allergies. I got this medicine but it doesn't really do anything and i can barely wear contacts anymore.

inflamed
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   Posted 9/3/2007 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks all. My opthamlologist Rxed steroid eye drops and things have really improved. Hope you guys get help too.
Currently in remission!

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