Features September 2010 Issue

When Joint Problems Extend to Your Eyes

Vision disorders may accompany rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune conditions, so be on the lookout for the warning signs.

The effects of rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases don’t stop at your joints. Rheumatic illnesses also may manifest in the eyes, causing an array of disorders that, left untreated, can have serious consequences. "There are many different types of arthritis, and some of them really affect the eyes," says Careen Lowder, MD, with Cleveland Clinic’s Cole Eye Institute. "You shouldn’t disregard any of these conditions, because they can lead to blindness."

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