Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect various parts of the body, including the eyes. Eye problems are relatively common in people with lupus, and they can range from mild to severe.
One of the most common eye problems associated with lupus is dry eyes. This occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears, causing discomfort, redness, and irritation. In some cases, dry eyes can also lead to blurred vision and sensitivity to light.
Another eye problem that may occur in people with lupus is uveitis, which is inflammation of the uvea, the middle layer of the eye. Uveitis can cause redness, pain, and blurred vision, and it can be a sign of a more serious complication called choroiditis.
Other eye problems associated with lupus include scleritis, which is inflammation of the white part of the eye, and retinal vasculitis, which is inflammation of the blood vessels in the retina. These conditions can cause pain, blurred vision, and even vision loss if left untreated.
In addition to these specific eye problems, people with lupus may also experience general symptoms that affect their vision, such as sensitivity to light, floaters, and difficulty focusing.
If you have lupus and are experiencing any changes in your vision, it's important to talk to your doctor. They may refer you to us for a comprehensive eye exam to determine the cause of your symptoms and develop an appropriate treatment plan.
Treatment for eye problems related to lupus may include medications to control inflammation, lubricating eye drops for dry eyes, or even surgery in severe cases. By working closely with your healthcare team and monitoring your eye health, you can help protect your vision and manage the effects of lupus on your eyes.