Hello, I am Dr. Liz Irvin, your ISN Guide to Eye Involvement. In addition to helping Dr. C. Stephen Foster develop resources for this section of the ISN website, I am happy to try to respond to questions that you may have or to redirect you to resources that may be helpful. Email [email protected].
LASIK in Autoimmune Disease
Rheumatic diseases, as well as some medications used to treat them such as Plaquenil, can affect the eyes so it is important to see an opthalmologist for regular screening and treatment. An opthalmologist is a medical doctor who specializes in eye diseases and eye surgery. They should not to be confused with optometrists who prescribe vision correction. (Also see Scleroderma Eye Involvement, What is Scleroderma?, Types of Scleroderma, Systemic Sclerosis and Sjogren's Syndrome)
Ocular Involvement in Systemic Autoimmune Diseases. The aim of this review is to elucidate to non-ophthalmologists the major ocular complications of rheumatic diseases and their specific management and treatment options. PubMed, Clin Rev Allergy Immunol. (Also see Systemic Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases)
Autoimmune Retinopathy (AIR) Presents a True Diagnostic Challenge. The clinical features of Autoimmune retinopathy overlap with a number of other retinal degenerative disorders. Review of Opthalmology.
Lasik Eye Surgery Risks. Certain health conditions can increase the risks associated with LASIK surgery or make the outcome less predictable. These include autoimmune disorders. Mayo Clinic.
Sjogren's Syndrome. The hallmark symptoms of Sjogren's include dry eyes, dry mouth, and dry vagina. ISN.
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