Inflammatory Bowel Disease and our eyes, who would think that I.B.D. would mess with your eyes,I know, right? Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis can cause eye problems because of theinflammatory nature of the disease as well the medications can cause problems as well. For example, long-term use of corticosteroids may lead to glaucoma and cataracts (clouding of the lens of the eye that impairs vision). Last year at the time my Optometrist said I have the beginnings cataracts, yay.
The disease it’s self can cause chronic dry eye. Keratopthy, a disease of the cornea that doesn’t hurt, your eye Doc may see white deposits on the edge of the cornea. Episleritis or Scleritis, episleritis can cause tenderness and mild discomfort, it does not impair your vision. Scleritis can cause severe eye pain and impair your vision. Scleritis requires aggressive treatment. Uveitis, a painful inflammation that causes blurred vision and light sensitivity, it can set on suddenly. Iritis is a inflammation and is very painful. Iritis affects the only part of the uvea that controls the amount of light coming into the iris, you can absolutely be blinded by car headlights, sometimes flashing sunlight can blind you in the middle of the day. Iritis requires aggressive treatment. Uveitis and Iritis left untreated can cause scar tissue resulting in glaucoma and vision loss.
This little post is in hope that if you notice your vision changing, you seek help. People with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis should get their eyes checked every 6 to 8 months and should push their optometrist to look for these conditions. Please take care of your eyes and please take care of you, you are important to me.
Joshua E. Robinson
In Your Darkest Moment Always Remember There is Still Hope!!! 🙂