Polish Dan asked me on another thread so I thought that since it was a new subject, it should be a new thread:
The sclera is the white part of the eye. Scleritis is inflammation of that area. Sometimes it might be called episcleritis but in my case, posterior scleritis meaning the back part of the eye so the front looked normal. It is an autoimmune disease like others we know (too) well. With me it started with an eye ache and reduced vision in that eye. I had always enjoyed great vision and although it was not my profession, held a commercial pilots license since the early 80's.
Because of the reduced vision and aching, I went to my family eye Dr. for an eyeglass change and when he looked into that eye said I had a mass in it and referred me to a retina specialist. The retina specialist did all sorts of tests on me (now eyesight was 20/100, legally blind) and said it wasn't cancer, but inflamation and immediately put me on Prednisone. I had been on Pred lots before and he did not have a clue how to administer it. He had me up to 100mg per day then -0-! My retina then detached and I was 20/400 (blind as a bat).
He fools around with me for nearly a year with another detached retina and I finally asked to be transferred to someone with an autoimmune specialty. I was about to start remicade with my gastro so she (My new Dr) asked if I could take Pred along with it and be infused every 4 weeks, instead of the usual 5 weeks. By this time I was blind in that eye and had gained 70 lbs and refused any more than 20mg of Pred per day. With my gastro prescribing what my new retina specialist wanted I got it cleaned up in about 5 weeks. But there is a lot more to the story and I’ll spare you the time unless you really want to know.
Post Edited (Dave D) : 1/19/2012 8:27:52 AM (GMT-7)