Features January 2004 Issue

Arthritis And Your Eyes

Your vision can be affected not only by arthritis, but by the drugs you take to relieve it.

While you might think of arthritis only in relation to your joints, inflammation associated with arthritis and related diseases can also affect your eyes. Other eye complications may be caused by medications used to treat arthritic conditions.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

RA, an autoimmune disease resulting in painful inflammation of the joints, can also cause scleritis, an inflammation of the sclera, or coating of the eye. Scleritis starts at the outer layers of the sclera and moves…

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