HEALTHY LIVING: Don’t Ignore a Red Eye


HEALTHY LIVING IN THE FOUR CORNERS IS BROUGHT
TO YOU BY SOUTHWEST EYE CONSULTANTS,SPECIALIZED MEDICAL AND SURGICAL EYE CARE. A RED SORE EYE IS NOTHING TO BLINK ABOUT.
IN FACT, IT COULD BE AN INDICATION OF A SERIOUS INFECTION, IMMUNE DISORDER, OR EVEN CANCER.
THE CONDITION IS CALLED UVEITIS, A FORM OF INFLAMMATION OF THE MIDDLE LAYER OF TISSUE
IN THE EYE WALL CALLED THE UVEA, AND IT’S CHARACTERIZED BY REDNESS, SORENESS, LIGHT
SENSITIVITY AND BLURRY VISION. IT COMES ON SUDDENLY, DISAPPEARS, THEN REAPPEARS. IF NOT
TREATED, IT COULD CAUSE ,PERMANENT BLINDNESS. BUT IT’S EVEN MORE IMPORTANT TO SEEK TREATMENT
FROM YOUR EYE DOCTOR, BECAUSE IT COULD BE AN INDICATION OF A SERIOUS, UNDETECTED ILLNESS. THE EYE IS OFTEN REFERRED TO AS THE CANARY
IN THE MINE SHAFT, MEANING THAT IT’S OFTEN AN EARLY INDICATOR OF SYSTEMIC DISEASE, AND
IT’S, AND IT’S VERY SIMILAR IN ITS MOLECULAR STRUCTURE. WE CALL IT AN ANTIGEN. THERE’S
ANTIGENIC COMPONENTS OF THE EYE WHICH ARE SIMILAR TO THE JOINTS OR THE BOWEL OR ELSEWHERE
IN THE BODY, AND SO OFTEN WHEN THERE’S A QUIET DISEASE PROCESS HAPPENING THAT YOU’RE NOT
QUITE AWARE OF YET, YOUR EYE BECOMES INFLAMED, AND YOU COME IN AND SEE YOUR EYE DOCTOR, AND
THERE IS AN IDIOPATHIC OR UNEXPLAINED INFLAMMATION, IT’S KIND OF LIKE YOUR KNEE SWELLING. WHY
DID YOUR KNEEE SWELL? WE DON’T ALWAYS KNOW. OF COURSE, ALLERGIES CAN CAUSE RED, ITCHY
EYES, BUT UVEITIS IS OTEN MORE SEVERE, SO HOW CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE
TWO? TYPICALLY, ALLERGIES ARE SEASONAL, AFFECT BOTH EYES, AND INCLUDE SNEEZING, COUGHING,
AND RESPITORY DISTRESS. YOU SHOULD BE CONCERNED IF THE REDNESS IN YOUR EYE PERSISTS, AND IT
KEEPS RETURNING SPORADICALLY. BECAUSE UVEITIS MAY BE A SYMPTOM OF SYSTEMIC INFECTION OR
INFLAMMATION, TREATMENT CAN BE COMPLICATED AND MAY INVOLVE CONSULTATION WITH ADDITIONAL
SPECIALISTS. THE FIRST ONE IS FOR FREE, SO IF YOU HAVE
THE FIRST EPISODE, WE’LL TREAT IT WITH TOPICAL STEROIDS. WE, WE TRY TO SUPPRESS IT THE BEST
WE CAN. BUT IF THIS BECOMES A RECURRENT PROCESS, THEN WE BEGIN TO INVOLVE OTHER CONSULTANTS,
RHEUMATOLOGY ,VASCULAR HEMATOLOGY FOLKS, YOUR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN, AN INTERN, DERMATOLOGIST,
A GASTROENTEROLOGIST, OR OTHERS. ONE OF MY FAVORITE CLINICIANS WOULD TELL ME DON’T LOOK
AT THE EYE FIRST. STOP. TAKE A GOOD HISTORY, BECAUSE ABOUT 95 PERCENT OF THE TIME YOU CAN
ACTUALLY DETERMINE WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH A GOOD HISTORY LONG BEFORE YOU EVER LOOK AT
THE EYE. WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT IGNORE THE SYMPTOMS
AND SEEK TREATMENT, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE EPISODE. ONE PATIENT SOUGHT
TREATMENT FOR HER RED, SORE EYE, AND DOCTOR FENBERG, AFTER CONSULTATION WITH RHEUMATOLOGISTS
AND OTHER SPECIALISTS, DISCOVERED THAT HER UVEITIS WAS A RESULT OF AN AUTO-IMMUNE DISORDER. IN THIS YOUNG LADY’S CASE, HAD SHE NOT BEEN
RECOGNIZED AS HAVING THIS AUTOIMMUNE CONDITION, SHE WOULD HAVE LOST HEARING, EVENTUALLY HER
SIGHT, AND ALSO SIGNIFICANT MOBILITY ISSUES. SHE EVENTUALLY WAS SENT TO DENVER TO A RHEUMATOLOGY
SPECIALIST WHO PUT HER ON A HIGH-DOSE, ANTI-RHEUMATIC DRUG, AND HER SYMPTOMS COMPLETELY MELTED AWAY. IF YOU’D LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE CAUSES
AND TREATMENTS FOR UVEITIS, VISIT S W EYE CONSULTANTS DOT COM. I’M DEBORAH URODA FOR
HEALTHY LIVING IN THE FOUR CORNERS.

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