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Rheumatoid issues + glaucoma
trishf429 posted:
Hi there,
2.5 yers ago I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis and ankylosing spondylitis, for which I take methotrexate and Humira. I was recently dx'ed with glaucoma, and I was sure that it was totally unrelated to my rheumatoid stuff. But there a connection? (My rheumatologist doesn't know about the glaucoma yet, but the eye doc does know about the arthritis. He did not mention a connection.)
Alan M Kozarsky, MD responded:
Sorry that you are having all of these medical issues.

The possible connections between the ankylosing spondylitis and glaucoma include the use of systemic steroid medications which will cause a rise in eye pressure in many people. You may have been treated with steroid in the past prior to the present regimen. Also, you can get a form of eye inflammation called iritis which is associated with the ankylosing spondylitis and the inflammation as well as the treatment with steroid eye drops can cause a rise in eye pressure.

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