Got a fit in today with Optometrist, people cancelling before holidays.
Yes, opt. does agree that it may be the start of scleritis. And not episcleritis. I named off a few possible complications to opt and opt said wait, wait, don't get too far ahead right now.
Episcleritis is a bit different, less severe than scleritis and is quite normal for people to get this, causes could be part of stress, wind or others. Yes, opt. does agree that because of my UC that want to stay on top of this and I see opt. again in about 3 weeks January 9.09 and to get a complete eye exam then also.
I did notice that my left eye, the one that was affected on Dec 5.08 has just a little bit blurring than the last time I had my eyes checked last year. The right seems to be the same, no major change in that. When I watch TV and try to read the guide on the screen, it's like I have to push up my (pop bottle bottom) glasses a little closer to my eyes. Yes, I have very bad eyesight and vain in that dept. (especially when it comes to work, my co-workers never saw me in glasses ever!) My left eye could only read about the 2nd line on the eye chart and the right the 4th to 5th line.
Had my eyes dilated also to check the retina. Good so far. First course opt wants to stay with for now is lubricating the eyes or artificial tears called Systane. I have to put 1 to 2 drops in my eyes about 4 times a day. I was so glad to hear I'm not the only patient my opt has with this problem and with UC, there are about 8 others. Then there are other courses also one of which may last resort be oral steroids if not calmed down, but that wouldn't be until after other options checked into. I will ask more on this on Jan9.09, this time I'll make a list of questions. Opt said that sometimes in people with UC, something that one ate and didn't agree with them could cause the redness in the eye to flare or if stressed too.
Since Dec 5.08 my left eye has simmered down quite a bit and the red spot closer to my eye almost disappeared now. I asked if I can put my lens back on, I could try but it might turn red again. So we might look at soft lenses again if I'm going to wear them only at work and not for any length of time. (I had to change from soft lenses to hard lenses because of the lack of oxygen going to my eyes which was causing more blood vessels to form.)
So that's about it for now, I'm going to try to take it easy. Has anyone heard of anti-depressants helping calm down UC? Just thinking about that....
Thanks for taking time to read my endless blabbering!
44 yrs old, only 3rd experience with flare-up start oct29.08, Ont.Canada.
current: asacol 400 mg - 2 4x/day
last flare in 2004 with c-diff, went into shock, hospitalized 2 wks, rec'd transfusion
prednisone, asacol, metronidazole
in 2000 rec'd antibiotics(sinuses),c-diff,ulcerative colitis