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At Serena's last eye test the optometrist advised that Serena had cloudy lenses even though her vision is very good.. he said he had noticed it in her previous check up but did not say anything until he was sure.

Has anyone experienced this? Is is a Lupus symptom?

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Hey there,

Lupus can certainly cause all kinds of eye troubles, but I've never heard anything about it being able to cloud one's lenses.

It is my understanding that cloudy lenses are sometimes a sign of cataracts (amongst a lot of other things), though of couse cataracts usually have noticeable symptoms that go along with the lens clouding (i.e. blurry vision et cetera).

Has Serena been on steroids for a long time? I do remember my doctor mentioning needing to get one's eyes checked for caractacts and/or increased eye pressure a couple of years ago after I'd gotten iv steroids a couple of times. Does she see an opthamologist for her yearly plaquenil eye checks? If so then he would have picked up on anything that might have been going on with her eyes. If she gets her checks at the optometrist's it might be an idea to mention this to the gp or rheumy when you next see them and see if they think you should investigate more (ie. by going to an eye doc for a check-up) or not.

Do bear in mind that this might be something that Serena just happens to have, something that might be perfectly normal for her and that it isn't something necessarily abnormal. I have a blue patch in the sclera of my right eye and I was bounced from eye specialist to eye specialist in my teens when if first appeared as they were all quite impressed with the odd colouring and didn't know whether it signified anything sinister or not. Well, after hearing some fancy and strange eye (and bone amazingly!) disease names flying about, turns out it's just a harmless blue patch in my eye :lol: !

Hope you and Selena are doing ok,

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Thanks Zoi

I will speak to the Rheumi and the Lupus clinic... she is on Plaquenil and has a full eye exam every 6 months... he had seen her a few time before but only noticed it the previous exam and the last exam but he has written to the GP to advise them.. but I will still make sure the Lupus clinic are aware as well. Serena says when she is tired her vision is blury but that could be down to tired muscles.

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Hi Marine,

Cloudyness can be also dry patches which in turn can cause pressure on the cornea.

Perhaps Serena can request a report from the optometrist to see what is acutally documented about her eye test.

If indeed it is dry eyes perhaps your daughter is in need of some eye drops (artifical tears) to help with the patches.

Is the optometrist at the hospital, if not perhaps a specialist eye appointment should be requested!

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hi Martine, have you ever had Serena's blood sugar checked? Sometimes people with high amounts of blood glucose in their systems, have cloudy lenses. I am concerned that the doc saw it last time and neglected to say anything because he wasn't sure. Absolutely wouldn't give me any confidence there.

Anyway, a couple oof things. First, have Serena checked out by her primary and see what he would think about a blood glucose check. Second, I would get another doc for check ups. If a doc won't commit t a change in someones eyes, then what will he commit to?


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