I don't know all the complications that CD can cause with vision and eye problems. I do know that pink eye is caused by fecal matter being in the eye, and usually the red swelling can be controlled with any OTC eye drops that reduce swelling and redness.
Recently, I noticed that my more than perfect vision was failing me. I was seeing blurry, and my eyes felt sticky and dry. I tried a bunch of different eye drops that helped the sticky and dry feeling, but my vision was still off. I went to the Opthamologist, who said that I now have astigmatism.
She said that many of the drugs that are used to treat Crohn's (and other auto-immune dosorders) can cause MANY problems. She asked if I had ever taken steroids to treat my CD. Sure enough, I had taken Prednisone in 2004. That, from her professional opinion, is what caused the astigmatism and the swelling.
Other medications, like Bentyl (Dicyclomine) and Nexium/Zantac/Rantinidine (sp?), can cause blurry vision. I don't know why, and the Dr. said she didn't exactly know why, but that it does cause that.
ARGH! I HATE PREDNISONE! STUPID STUPID PREDNISONE!
Sorry, had to get angry at it for a second.
The eye Dr. also recommended eye drops that are gel-like. She said she could give me a script for them, but it would be easier and cheaper just to buy OTC ones. Her pick was the brand Roto ZI. They are sometimes hard to find, but they have menthol in them which opens the pores in your eyes and does something good. Also, a brand called "Natural Tears" or something like that was high on her list.
Since I saw the Dr. and got the Roto drops, I haven't had anymore problems.
I'd personally recommend making an appt to see an opthamologist to make sure that it is related to Crohn's as opposed to having an infection from pink eye, etc.
I also know that for those of you who have bad eyesight, Bilberry is a vitamin (along with Beta-Ceratine) that can improve alot.
Take care and hope that you feel better!
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~Crohn's Dx'ed at 17 (2004), Multiple hospital stays, every test there could be (as we Crohnies know!) Taking Pentasa, Purinethol, Nexium, Neurontin, Cymbalta, Trazadone, Prazosin, Xanax, and Vicodin/Bentyl (prn Pain)~
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