Let's talk my eyes--2 years ago at my optometrist visit, I ended the visit with 20/20 vision and no problems. Shortly after that, the AS decided it thought my eyeballs were joints and would attack them. I was having the worst pain in my eyes, light sensitivity, the feeling as if someone threw sand in them and rubbed it in. I visited Dr. Tackle in Griffin (yes, I'll be calling out Drs). See (ha) with AS, when you get that, you quickly run to Doc because AS causes iritis/uveitis in the eye.
Iritis attacks the eye quickly and in most cases occurs in one eye at a time. There are two forms of iritis, acute and chronic. Acute iritis if treated immediately will improve and heal quickly. Chronic iritis doesn’t respond as well to medication and can take months or years to heal. Chronic iritis can also cause serious visual impairment if not treated by an iritis specialist.
If you are experiencing the following symptoms get your eyes checked by a professional:
- Deep pain in the eye or pain surrounding eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Red eye around the iris
- Pupils of different sizes or unusual shapes
- Blurry or cloudy vision
- White blood cells and protein in the anterior chamber
I think, I've blogged about Dr. Miller before, so I'll sum this up...he's AWESOME! He's been treating me since! He KNOWS AS and that is sooo important! He knew that I have episcleritis/scelritis which is also caused by AS and seems to be the TWIN to iritis!
OK--the topic of the blog--AS IS DESTROYING MY VISION! Since the past 2 years of AS thinking my eyeballs are joints and it attacking them, my vision has changed. I've LOST vision. I'm now NEAR-SIGHTED. Folks you don't get near-sighted with "old age". Just like I don't have "old age-arthritis". My eye doc says, it's like I have glaucoma, but I don't. He says, it's odd that at my age, I'd become near-sighted, but that it's not because of the disease. So, can AS cause blindness--YES, IT CAN! Just as it can destroy a joint in my body..it can destroy my eyes....and it's doing just that. So, yep, I selected some stylish new glasses and we hope that the prescription will now change to quickly.
One quick note, don't take the little things for granted...like the beauty of a dirty house because one day...you may not even be able to complain about seeing it! Too much complaining folks...just too much complaining about things that really don't even matter. One question--those little things..will you complain about them tomorrow? in a month? in a year?...then why now....
AS has my body, but NOT me!