Has anyone had problems with inflammation in the eyes? I get pink eye a couple of times a year (a risk of my school job...) and call my doctor for eye drops when this occurs. Last Thursday I woke up and had the tell-tale pink eyes and a small amount of crusty stuff in my eyelids. My family doc called in eye drops for me and today, after six days of drops, I went in to see the doc because my eyes, while they are better, are not completely clear. Usually the drops work in a day and I sometimes have been known to stop the drops after about
four days rather than the recommended five days. My eyes get reddish and itchy about
five hours after I use the drops and they are still a bit "crusty" in the mornings.
My family doc now thinks it might be from inflammation (lupus related) and that I probably don't have pink eye after all. I also kept wearing my contact lenses during the treatment (which I have always done) and the doc says I should not do that ever because it could cause lots of problems that could lead to blindness. Yikes, I was not ever told this but I have a habit of self diagnosis of minor things since I am always at the doctor's office. My doc usually trusts me but I really messed up this time! Contacts with pink eye is a big no-no.
Anyway, my question is has anyone ever dealt with eye problems from lupus before? I have had a lot of inflammation in the last few weeks and had even called my rhuemy for more prednisone to help control it. She did call me some in because I have an appointment with her on 12/18. She lets me monitor the dose based on my previous instructions from her and even called me in 1 mg and 5 mg scripts so I could taper how I needed. Could my eyes actually get a lupus rash? Or is it only inflammation? I plan to ask my rhuemy on the 18th but I was wondering if anyone here has any insight on this.
Regardless, it is glasses for me until this clears up! I am also considering a call to my opthamologist, too. I am constantly amazed at all the weird health issues we experience with this lupus! Kinda makes me wonder when the next shoe is going to drop.