For those with arthritis, a trip to the eye doctor is recommended

Lynne Adkins
September 10, 2019 - 4:00 am
Patient with arthritis.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If you have arthritis, a trip to your eye doctor is a very good idea.

You won't be told that you have arthritis in your eye, but the rheumatoid arthritis or even lupus that causes inflammation in your joints can also attack the eye, according to Dr. James Dunn, a professor of ophthalmology and a specialist in eye inflammation at Wills Eye Hospital.

"The main thing is for patients to understand that patients who have rheumatologic disease are at increased risk for ocular problems, and the treatment for rheumatologic disease may increase the risk of eye disease. So anyone who has rheumatologic disease should have regular appointments with their ophthalmologist," he said. 

He says issues can vary and range from dry eye to blindness, so early and aggressive treatment is suggested.