Posted 28 September 2008 - 02:20 PM
I have pretty healthy eyes. I am 40, have worn reading glasses a few times on and off as an adult, but my eyes will strengthen and the need to wear them changes.
Both my mom and brother wear glasses to see (my dad wore glasses too). Glaucoma and cataracts run on my mom's side of the family, but I have not inherited any of the other eye traits (bad vision and cataracts). Her whole family wears glasses with the exception of a small few of us.
I can see fine, but have a difficult time focusing some times. My eyes feel strained and I guess I'm feeling some pressure at other times. I am just wondering how much of this is sclero related and what is hereditary?
Posted 28 September 2008 - 04:42 PM
Posted 29 September 2008 - 03:06 AM
Our situations do sound eerily similar. Keep me posted and I will do the same.
Posted 29 September 2008 - 04:13 PM
Sorry to hear you are having problems with your eyes. The only time the pressure in my eyes went up was when I was on prednisone and returned to my normal when I stopped taking the prednisone. The opthamologist noted some other kind of change and it is being watched and has not progressed. Glaucoma runs on both sides of my family. My sister was just diagnosed with it too.
The dry eyes started this past year along with dry mouth and nose. The opthamologist did all those tests for dry eyes which were all positive and she said it was the worst she had seen. I have refresh tear drops, saliva lozengers and nasal spray. Sjogrens lab is negative. Go figure!
I have never read where sclero caused glaucoma but I have not read everything yet and maybe wrong.
Posted 30 September 2008 - 05:35 AM
I'm sorry to hear you might be developing glaucoma. We have a page on Scleroderma Eye Involvement by Dr. Liz Irvin and Dr. C. Stephen Foster. Dr. Foster is is founder of the Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institute (MERSI) and of the Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation. Eye symptoms and diseases that may be related to scleroderma, including Normal Tension Glaucoma and Autoimmune Iritis or Uveitis. Glaucoma-type abnormalities are reported to be more common in systemic sclerosis patients, than in controls.
However, that does not mean that all cases of glaucoma in a scleroderma patient are due to scleroderma, either. Diabetes is also a well-known cause of glaucoma, as you know.
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Posted 30 September 2008 - 12:51 PM
Posted 01 October 2008 - 03:13 AM
Glaucoma is an issue in my family with my mother already being blind in one eye with it! It runs through her family, my grandad being blind as well. My sister also has it so my optician keeps a close check on me but so far I'm OK. But I also have some problems with my eyes which has caused some poor vision in one eye. I also have dry eyes, nose & mouth and been told it's Sicca / Sjogrens Syndrome so take drops for my eyes, a nasal spray along with a saline nasal spray for my nose and use saliva lozengers for the dry mouth.
Posted 01 October 2008 - 04:07 PM
Does your dry mouth cause your lips to be dry too? I have had a big problem with my lips being dry and nothing seems to relief it for longer than an hour or two. I keep chapstick and petroleum jelly on me at all times.
Posted 02 October 2008 - 02:39 AM
Posted 02 October 2008 - 10:54 AM
Let me know how the rehydrating creme works. I was in the pharmacy today and bought a tube of medicated lip balm. It has helped and I have not had to apply it as frequently (only twice so far).