Increased eye pressures?

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   Posted 2/11/2009 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello all
Has anyone ever experienced increased pressures in the eyes due to taking methotrexate. I'm a little concerned because I have been taking it for a good 8 years and my pressures had never been checked. However, at the start of the week, after a visit to the opticians, I've been told that I have got high pressures in both eyes, possibly due to methotrexate and that I need to see an eye specialist for further investigation.
Bit concerned really because I have no idea how long the pressures have been elevated. And from my reading, high pressures are a major risk in glaucoma...Does anyone have glaucoma? Is this a definite sign of the disease? I'm only 19 and am a bit concerned. Trying not to worry too much but it's hard isn't.
Hope everyone is well..

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   Posted 2/11/2009 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
The only time I have experienced that was when I was on Prednisone. Once I was off it my pressures returned to normal. Have you been on any added Pred lately?
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   Posted 2/11/2009 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
No I haven't been on any pred lately...I was on it quite a bit when I was younger but it has been a while now... Did they inveisgate your eyes and found that everything was fine?
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   Posted 2/11/2009 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Did they do the test where they actually touch your eye? Or was it the one where they just blow a puff of air on it? The air puff I've heard is pretty unreliable. Mine was a little high at my last visit, with the eye puff. They felt it was because I moved and jerked back giving it a bad reading.

My Mom has had elevated pressures for years, but it has NOT progressed in to glacoma. They just keep a watch on it. So try not to panic. I think it's good that you'll be seeing a specialist to rule any problems out. But don't go down the worst case senarios yet!
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   Posted 2/11/2009 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
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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   Posted 2/12/2009 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   



Thank you. I do feel a lot calmer about things now. And yes so far the only test I have had is where they blow the puff of air into the eye. I guess when I see the eye specialist I'll know a lot more. My Crohn's has been quite well actually lately so I'm unsure if it's linked to the inflammation. But it's nice to be aware of things.

Thanks again
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