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Eye Problems and Lupus


Conjunctivitis (inflammation of tissues around the eyeball) is more common among lupus patients since they are more susceptible to infection.

Iritis (inflammation of the iris) is a recurrent problem in 1-2% of patients, & is managed with steroid eye drops.

Dry eyes (keratoconjunctivitis sicca) can be caused by Sjogren's syndrome, which some lupus patients also suffer from.
It may also be a side effect of certain medications.
 It happens when you do not produce enough tears to keep the front surface of the eye lubricated and comfortable.

Symptoms may include a gritty feeling & redness in the eye, increased irritation from wind, smoke, heat, or fumes, sometimes with blurring of vision. It is managed with artificial teardrops.

It can be diagnosed using the Schirmer's Test or Slit-lamp test.




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