Opticians, optometrists, and others in the eye care field observe August as National Eye Exam Month. You may have seen more ads than usual about getting your eyes checked, along with information on taking care of your vision in the peak of summer. You may also wonder why a website for orthopaedic care would remind you of National Eye Exam Month.
At Bon Secours, our physicians and staff are concerned about the overall care of our patients. Those who come to Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists seek treatment for various joint pain conditions brought on by injury, illness or age, and at times one may experience discomfort or pain elsewhere in the body as a result. Some studies have suggested a connection between joint pain and vision health.
According to April Chang-Miller, MD, at the Mayo Clinic, people with rheumatoid arthritis may deal with other issues as a result of their joint stiffness and pain. Dry eyes are common among people with RA. If left untreated, dry eyes can lead to serious vision problems.
Glaucoma is another eye condition with a connection to arthritis, in particular psoriatic arthritis. Here, pressure buildup in the eye brought on by inflammation can lead to pain and vision loss. If you are taking corticosteroids for arthritis, glaucoma is a possible side effect. It’s important, therefore, to speak with your doctor about treatment. (Source: The Arthritis Foundation)
Conjunctivitis, commonly known as “pink eye,” may happen for a number of reasons – ranging from viral to bacterial causes. We often associate it with young children and babies, but people of all ages are susceptible, and those with reactive arthritis are likely to develop this condition. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases reports that 50% of reactive arthritis patients get pink eye.
Consultation with your eye doctor can help determine treatment for vision problems. If you have concerns about stiffness or pain in your knees, hands, elbows or other joints, the team at Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists are here to answer your questions. Contact us today to learn how we can help.