If you or someone you know is suffering from an autoimmune disorder, then you’re probably already aware of just how devastating its effects can be. Autoimmune disorders affect just about every part of your body, and your eyes are no exception. While there are over 80 types of autoimmune disorders known to science, there are five in particular that can have serious effects on your vision according to a trusted eye doctor.
Multiple sclerosis is a progressive disease that damages the brain and spinal cord and vision problems are among its most noticeable symptoms. Multiple sclerosis or MS often causes blurred vision, color vision loss and dim spots.
Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes red, itchy patches. While primarily seen as a skin disease, psoriasis can also cause pain and redness in your eyes, blurred vision and sensitivity to light.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, progressive and disabling autoimmune disease. While it primarily affects the hands and feet, rheumatoid arthritis could also warrant a visit to the optometrist as it also causes dry eye syndrome and scleritis.
Nearly all patients that are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and over half of those with type 2 diabetes suffer from retinopathy. According to Diabetes Care, it is the leading cause of blindness among adults between 24 and 74. If you are a diabetic, it is very important that you have your eyes checked regularly to spot early signs of diabetic retinopathy.
Whether you want to come in to get fitted for new eyeglasses or would like to seek consultation for other vision problems, turn to Joel H McGahen OD today. You can book an appointment by calling us at (717) 470-7496 or by filling out our online contact form. We serve patients in Chambersburg, PA, as well as its neighboring areas.