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Date: 16.02.2011
From: PETER PLANT

Subject: eye tests and rheumatoid

hi there, i have ra and ankylosing spondolitis and i am experiencing dry eyes, i was wondering if i should have my eyes tested at a opticians or through the hospital, i think i might now need glasses, any info would be apreciated, pete
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Date: 16.02.2011
From: KayJay

Subject: Re: eye tests and rheumatoid

Yes Peter I would I think ra can make the eyes dry . A qualified Optician would be able to see any problems with the eyes and then send you to the Hospital if neccesary.
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Date: 16.02.2011
From: kylee

Subject: Re: eye tests and rheumatoid

hi peter i suffer with my eyes caused by the arthritis they are dry and feel like i have grisle in them i went to see my gp and i now use tear drops and i also have to apply a cream at night that looks like vasaline to moisturies my eyes all perscribed by my gp hope this helps
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Date: 18.02.2011
From: PETER PLANT

Subject: Re: eye tests and rheumatoid

i have had r/a and a/s for 32 years since i was 11 but i am new to the message board, thanks for the replies, i have bought some eye drops and started using them, can i ask how roughly long the drops take to make any difference and does the cream help
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Date: 18.02.2011
From: cookie

Subject: Re: eye tests and rheumatoid

Hi peter these should start to work pretty much straight away if they dont your gp may be able to prescribe somthing a little better x
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Date: 18.02.2011
From: PETER PLANT

Subject: Re: eye tests and rheumatoid

thanks cookie, i have been using the eye drops for a day and half now, i have found no improvement at all so far, am i being impatient? i have got to wait another 4 weeks to see my consultant so i dont want to wait that long to stop my eyes feeling like they are full of grit, so i think i will be off to my gp monday, thanks again, pete
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Date: 18.02.2011
From: kylee

Subject: Re: eye tests and rheumatoid

hi peter depends how often you are using the drops mine were from the doctor and i had 2 different ones to use the vasaline type i used b4 bed and then i also had tear drops that i could use as often as i liked through out the day some days i didnt need them at all but to start with i applied 6-7 times a dy after a week i found i could apply less often and would just do it 2-3 times aday
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Date: 18.02.2011
From: bsk

Subject: Re: eye tests and rheumatoid

What drops have you been using Peter? Some of the over the counter ones are not suitable. I have been prescribed liquid gel tears and hypomellose for my dry eyes. I use them as and when and they make a difference straight away. You can get them on prescription.
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Date: 19.02.2011
From: PETER PLANT

Subject: Re: eye tests and rheumatoid

hi, i have been using the hypomellose drops and they are making my eyes worse as they feel sorer than before so i have stopped using them, i do find that when my jaw feels worse my eyes are not so good also, my consultant says i am a very awkward case to deal with as i had juvenile ra and as i have got older he says it has progressed into a number of different types of arthritis, thanks again for your help, pete
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Date: 19.02.2011
From: bsk

Subject: Re: eye tests and rheumatoid

Had you had a referral to an eye specialist?
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Date: 19.02.2011
From: PETER PLANT

Subject: Re: eye tests and rheumatoid

hi bsk, i hae had a referral but i am still waiting for the appointment, i was told to use the hypomellose by my ra consultant,
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Date: 19.02.2011
From: bsk

Subject: Re: eye tests and rheumatoid

I was recommended several other things too, I will see if I can find the paperwork and tell you what they were. I saw a specialist at the hospital when I was in-patient.
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Date: 19.02.2011
From: Paula

Subject: Re: eye tests and rheumatoid

This is being discussed on another forum that I read. Viscotears seems to work well, better than Hypermellose from what I have read. Its a gel so it stays there for longer.
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Date: 19.02.2011
From: bsk

Subject: Re: eye tests and rheumatoid

Viscotears is no good for contact lens wearers though!
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Date: 20.02.2011
From: cookie

Subject: Re: eye tests and rheumatoid

Hi pete gritty eyes can also be a sign of infeection might be worth checking that you dont have conjunctivitis dry eyes can make you.more prone as your tears or lack of them dont wash bacteria away like " normal " eyes / tears do x
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Date: 20.02.2011
From: PETER PLANT

Subject: Re: eye tests and rheumatoid

hi there, i dont wear glasses or lenses at the moment, one of the other problems i have with my eyes is that i have so many floaters in my eyes they are getting in the way now , as i see them before anything else now, i will have a chat to my gp when i can get a appointment, thanks, pete
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