We often tell our patients that it’s possible for other diseases to be detected by your eye doctor during the course of a dilated eye exam. Diseases like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and even diabetes; sometimes sooner than your primary doctor. Did you know though that certain autoimmune diseases may also be detected?
Autoimmune disease, by definition, develops when your immune system, which defends your body against disease, decides your healthy cells are foreign. In response, your immune system attacks the healthy cells.
There are many autoimmune diseases that can affect the eye. Such as:
·         Bechet Disease
·         Lupus
·         MS
·         Psoriasis
·         Reiter Syndrome
·         Rheumatoid Arthritis
·         Sjorens Syndrome
The most common symptom of many patients is a complaint of dry eye. It’s important to clarify not all patients with dry eye have an autoimmune disorder. There are a number of reasons why a person could have dry eye. Certain medications can have dry eye as a side effect, it could be due to environmental reasons or even contact lens wear.
One of the things your eye care professional should do is look at tear break up time and assess tear film stability. Those tears and the quality of them can reveal a lot of information to your doctor. Your doctor may do some in office testing to measure tear production or look for signs of corneal erosions. This data will be evaluated along with your history to determine if perhaps an appointment to your primary doctor or a rheumatologist may be in order.
Other similar symptoms include a foreign body sensation, irritation or light sensitivity. This is why it is critical to mention anything that isn’t normal and bring in a list of your medications.  Your eye care professional is another extension to help you remain healthy.
If you’ve been putting off making your appointment – why not make the call today? Accepting new patients in our Fremont office at 419-334-8121 and Fostoria office 419-435-3842.

Contact Eye Centers Of Northwest Ohio

2311 Hayes Avenue
Fremont, Ohio 43420
(419) 334-8121
622 Parkway Drive
Fostoria, Ohio 44830
(419) 435-3482
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