Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disease that can affect the entire body, including the eyes. Systemically, RA is associated with joint stiffness, fever, weight loss, and feelings of illness. The disease is labelled as an autoimmune disorder, meaning that the body is essentially attacking itself. There are many ways that the disease can affect the eyes and below are a few of the most common ocular signs.
Headaches can be caused by a wide range of problems, but many people find that certain visual activities can trigger or worsen headaches. Many times, these headaches can be relieved with glasses or contact lenses. Sometimes vision training exercises are necessary to reduce vision-related headaches. It is also important to rule out more serious health problems that could be causing your symptoms. If you or a family member are frequently experiencing vision or eye-related headaches, it may be time to visit your optometrist. They can check to see if one of the common conditions listed below are the causes for your headaches.
General visual disturbances can be a sign of several different conditions. Most frequently, they are the result of a harmless phenomenon known as ocular or visual migraines. Ocular migraines are characterized by temporary visual disturbances, commonly including a central blind spot. While the symptoms of an ocular migraine can be alarming and may appear very suddenly, they classically resolve in thirty minutes or less and are nothing to be worried about. Continue reading to learn more about the causes, symptoms, and prevention of ocular migraines.
Diabetes is becoming increasingly prevalent in the American population. As more people are diagnosed with the disease, more are facing the sight-threatening risk of diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy, which affects the retina, or the light-detecting tissue in the back of the eye, is one of the leading causes of blindness in our country. Though the disease has the potential to be very dangerous and blinding, proper diagnoses, treatment, and management of diabetic retinopathy significantly reduces the risks of vision loss. By working with your eye care provider, primary care doctor, and endocrinologist, cases of diabetic retinopathy can be treated, or even prevented.
The eye is the only place in the body where blood vessels and nerves can be directly and noninvasively observed. This means each time you go to the eye doctor, they are evaluating important factors about your overall health. An overwhelming number of systemic diseases can have significant effects on the eyes, and these effects can be identified in comprehensive eye exams. Diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes can wreak havoc on ocular blood vessels if not properly controlled.