Prednisone and blurred vision

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   Posted 8/26/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys,
I'm not sure if this has happened to anyone on steroids but I feel like my eyesight is not as clear from a distance.  I am having a hard time seeing things that are far.  I was watching world poker tour- lol- and had to squint in order to see the players cards.  Does anyone know if this is a side effect?  or even a long term side effect from 6MP- i took it for 4 years.  any input would be helpful. thanks
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis 1999, changed to Ulcerative Colitis 2002.  Currently taking 6MP 50mg, Prednisone 30mg, Lialda 2 tabs/day, Colocort enemas, Canasa suppositories

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   Posted 8/26/2009 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Steroids can cause a variety of eye problems, including cataracts and glaucoma. If you're on steroids periodically, you really should be checked by an opthalmologist yearly.
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Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001. Flared for 5 years, finally in remission with Remicade since March 2006. Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
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   Posted 8/26/2009 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
UC can also cause eye problems. Before surgery my prescription was -675 and -650 a year after surgery its -550 and -525
So tht could be part of your problem also.

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   Posted 8/27/2009 5:10 AM (GMT -6)   
My eyes changed markedly with the steroids and the crohn's. Then I am older every year and hey, maybe it's that. Had to get glasses, and seem to change them eachyear. This is expensive!! Now maybe things will settle down. No steroids, no crohn's--no glasses? would be nice
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