Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that primarily affects the joints. However, rheumatoid arthritis occasionally affects other parts of the body — including the eyes.
The most common eye-related symptom of rheumatoid arthritis is dryness. Moderately dry eyes can cause scratchiness, redness, tearing, and discomfort for contact lens wearers. Severe dry eyes can cause damage to the cornea. Dry eyes can also be a sym…ptom of Sjogren’s syndrome — an autoimmune disorder that’s often associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
If you have rheumatoid arthritis and experience dryness, vision changes, or other eye problems, please contact Dr. Tabak for an eye exam and consultation.