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spluxa
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   Posted 2/2/2009 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm confused...I start loosing my vision...sharpness. Could it be because of UC or medication? Should I mention it to my GI?
Diagnosed with left-sided UC on Sept 08 Colazal 5x2day, Lialda 2 per day (so unusual to take just 2 pills)
Canasa 1 supp. every nigh Cortifoam 1 at night
Vitamins: Zinc, B complex, Fleexsead Oil capsules, Multi. Digestive Enzymes (helps a lot)
***I'm not sick with UC, it's UC sick with me!***






ediekristen
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   Posted 2/2/2009 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Absolutely. I used to have perfect vision, and now I have to wear glasses at all times, and after one year I already need a new prescription. Prednisone is a major culprit but the UC itself can ruin your vision on its own.
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spluxa
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   Posted 2/2/2009 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
But I had no prednisone yet...:(( It there any chance to improve the vision?
Diagnosed with left-sided UC on Sept 08 Colazal 5x2day, Lialda 2 per day (so unusual to take just 2 pills)
Canasa 1 supp. every nigh Cortifoam 1 at night
Vitamins: Zinc, B complex, Fleexsead Oil capsules, Multi. Digestive Enzymes (helps a lot)
***I'm not sick with UC, it's UC sick with me!***






potty girl
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   Posted 2/2/2009 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I dont take pred either but my vision just gets worse and worse.
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nitroquick, proventol, plavix 75 mg, protonix 40 mg x 2, asacal 400mg x 9
carafate 1 gm x 4, zyrtec 10 mg, rhinocort aqua nose spray, fish oil,
potassium.


Red_34
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   Posted 2/3/2009 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   
My eyesight started going bad about 8 years or so ago. But one thing that was always constant is that during a flare, my vision would get blurry and then clear up, get blurry, clear up. It drove me nuts! But the opt doc said there was nothing wrong with my eyes. I found that as I get older then my vision tends to get a bit worse. I wear reading glasses right now and I should be wearing glasses for far away but I can't get myself to wear them! lol You might be able to get some help from Lutein. This is a supplement for the eyes - I couldn't take this though because it bothered my Uc a bit. Also too, Uc'ers are prone to get Dry Eye which is pretty common. Dry Eye can cause your vision to blur. It also makes your eyes sore and sometimes red. I have Dry Eye and use eye drops when I need to.
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spluxa
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   Posted 2/3/2009 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Sherry, it does get blurry and then clear up. At least I knoe it's "normal" with UC :-))
Diagnosed with left-sided UC on Sept 08 Colazal 5x2day, Lialda 2 per day (so unusual to take just 2 pills)
Canasa 1 supp. every nigh Cortifoam 1 at night
Vitamins: Zinc, B complex, Fleexsead Oil capsules, Multi. Digestive Enzymes (helps a lot)
***I'm not sick with UC, it's UC sick with me!***






mythreesons
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   Posted 2/3/2009 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
 Hi There , My GI has asked me to have my eyes check and to mention that I have UC when I do. This way they can run the tests they have to.  I can't remember what he called it but there is a inflamation issue associated with UC that effects the eyes and can cause a loss in focus as I call it or sharpness . I've noticed that with myself as well and thought it was just me getting older. While he said that could be part of it in my case he did say that infamation behind the eye  something UC sufferers have to be checked for.

qwerty1
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   Posted 2/4/2009 5:15 AM (GMT -6)   

Absolutely...I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan 08, and in the past year or so my eyesight has deteriorated. I had an eye test in Feb 08 and needed glasses for driving, watching TV etc. By September it had got worse still and I needed a new prescription, and it has got worse still since then so I need to go back.

My consultant at the hospital told me there was no link between the 2 whatsoever but the optician said there is a link to do with inflammation. And obviously there are lots of people on here with the same feeling!


mythmoon
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   Posted 2/4/2009 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
My mom has eyeritus which is inflamation of the muscles in the eyes which messes with your vision and it's related to UC because it's autoimmune type thing.
21 yr/old Uni student. Vancouver, BC
Imuran 150 mgs/day

Prednisone 7.5 mgs/day
Diagnosed UC Sept. 2007
Cal-Mag, CoQ10, L-glutamine and Iron supps. Also now trying probiotics Bio-K (acidophilus)


summerstorm
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   Posted 2/4/2009 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
UC and the meds associated can cause serious damage to your eyes.  While i was sick my eyes were so bad, and every time i went to the eye dr they were worse and worse.  I was at -675 and -650 the time before last. After i had surgery and the UC was gone, my eyes are at -550 and -525 now
i didnt connect it with the UC being gone until i read a couple of other people saying the same thing.  and then it made sense, lol.
 

katkat
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   Posted 2/5/2009 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes for sure, it happens with UC.  My opt said that even if you ate something that won't agree with you, it can do that for people with UC.  It happened to me, maybe was on the verge of episcleritis or scleritis.  But since my UC has settled down about 80%, my eyes have been doing OK.  I do eyedrops for dry eyes as told by my opt to do.  This happens with people with an "autoimmune" problem.  I still have a problem with that suggestion, i think it's a bacteria or something like that.  I try to rest my eyes a lot.  

44 yrs old, only 3rd experience with flare-up start oct29.08, Ont.Canada. was 140lbs now 118
current: asacol 400 mg - 2 4x/day
multi vitamin - prairie naturals multiforce - 1/day for sure or 2/day if I remember
                          
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 


Peety
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   Posted 2/5/2009 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
My eyesight gets blurred when I'm on prednisone. Fortunately I only notice it at night. It clears up when I get off the prednisone.
BTW, I had lasik surgery, and my night vision in one eye is already not great.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder, then Forte, now a stronger one (50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


PSA
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   Posted 2/7/2009 2:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I do agree that the eyesight is affected by UC as well as side effects of Prednisone. Peety in so far as blurred vision is concerned, it is due to prednisone intake. If you are on heavy dosage or you have just started it after taper down, your tear glands become much heavier and the eyes become watery. This causes blurred vision. I have four brothers and sisters suffering from UC and all of them have this problem with eyes - you may call it blurred vision/double vision. Infact my eyesight has been getting worst in last couple of months, even though i am off pred now.
PS Male 45 years - attorney by profession
Diagnosed UC 1989
had J Pouch 2005 November

Pooie1981
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Total Posts : 274
   Posted 2/7/2009 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow.. I can't believe this topic is here... I had noticed a few weeks ago that I wans't able to fucus on things quite right. I started to get more concerned about it yesterday while I was driving. It has been causing me headaches. I find it hard to explain because I can still read fine and see things far away.. but its like I am in a bit of a haze sometimes. I am only 27 so I didnt want to think it was because I was getting "older" .... I made an eye appt anyways, but it is not until March 6th. I was glad to see this article, gives me some peace of mind.

Can UC and eye sight really be realted tho.. it seems EVERYTHING is somehow relate to UC.. what a disease to have.... ;o)
Jenn 26/female
Ulcerative PANCOLITIS diagnosed 2004
Asacol 3 pills once/day, Buscopan as needed
Daily Vitamin for Women and Folic Acid, Metamucil one tsp per day so far
Flare March-June 2008.. pretty much in remission again July


Pooie1981
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   Posted 2/7/2009 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Found this link... it has some actual names of the troubles associated with eye problems and IBD

http://www.asacol.com/ulcerative-colitis/colitis-eye-sight.jsp
Jenn 26/female
Ulcerative PANCOLITIS diagnosed 2004
Asacol 3 pills once/day, Buscopan as needed
Daily Vitamin for Women and Folic Acid, Metamucil one tsp per day so far
Flare March-June 2008.. pretty much in remission again July


spluxa
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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 2/8/2009 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Pooie, make sure you tell tem that you have UC, I went there, and my vision was FINE according to their test, and they did a lot! :(
Diagnosed with left-sided UC on Sept 08 Colazal 5x2day, Lialda 2 per day (so unusual to take just 2 pills)
Canasa 1 supp. every nigh Cortifoam 1 at night
Vitamins: Zinc, B complex, Fleexsead Oil capsules, Multi. Digestive Enzymes (helps a lot)
***I'm not sick with UC, it's UC sick with me!***






Pooie1981
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Total Posts : 274
   Posted 2/9/2009 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
spluxa, did you mention to them you had UC? What are your options now??
Jenn 26/female
Ulcerative PANCOLITIS diagnosed 2004
Asacol 3 pills once/day, Buscopan as needed
Daily Vitamin for Women and Folic Acid, Metamucil one tsp per day so far
Flare March-June 2008.. pretty much in remission again July


ticklengiggle
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 23
   Posted 2/10/2009 1:20 AM (GMT -6)   
spluxa, did you see an opthamologist? As pooie said, I think it's important for them to know that you have UC because they may do different/additional eye tests.
Last year, (I had not been diagnosed with UC yet) when I had episcleritis, the opthamologist used a super bright light and had me look up and down and sideways to examine the sclera of my eyes. It was really funky. The Opth put me on steroid eye drops.
Good luck spluxa. Keep us posted.
Distal UC (25cm), Nov 2008
Colonoscopy Nov. 2 08: Pathology showed inflammatory changes throughout colon, but ulcerations, friable tissue, etc. last 25cm of colon
Lialda (Nov 08) 3.6g; (Dec 08), 4.8g/daily
Canasa supp. 1g (for 3 weeks, from Nov. 5),
Prednisone 40 mg/daily 4 week taper (Nov. 17 ‘08), Back up to 15mg Dec. 20, taper 2.5mg/wk. Off Pred Jan 27…knock on wood.
Rowasa: 4g/bedtime Dec. 20 ‘08, 4g/bed time Jan 19 ‘09
Procotofoam: 1 application/bedtime, Jan 20 ‘09
Current UC meds are underlined.

My mother (UC for 20+ years) has been in remission for quite some time (at least a few years). :)
One of my cousins has Chron's dz. :(

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spluxa
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 183
   Posted 2/10/2009 6:41 AM (GMT -6)   
No, I didn't mention UC, so they said my vision is perfect :( I guess I will go again to another doctor.
Diagnosed with left-sided UC on Sept 08 Colazal 5x2day, Lialda 2 per day (so unusual to take just 2 pills)
Canasa 1 supp. every nigh Cortifoam 1 at night
Vitamins: Zinc, B complex, Fleexsead Oil capsules, Multi. Digestive Enzymes (helps a lot)
***I'm not sick with UC, it's UC sick with me!***





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