Learning about Uveitis and other forms of OID

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Learning about Uveitis and other forms of OID

Postby Mike Bartolatz » Thu Nov 12, 2009 1:04 pm

http://www.parsplanitisforum.yuku.com/directory

I have just completed rebuilding the above site, it has allot of information for people about Uveitis, Pars planitis, autoimmune diseases associated with ocular inflammatory Diseases of all kinds with cross links to other topics.
if you are researching your condition, I suggest you go to the GENERAL Discussion forum which has sub forums with content mentioned above. You are welcome to post there as well as here. I monitor that site just like I do this one repeatedly throughout the day.

wishing all the very best,
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Sue Blackwood
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Re: Learning about Uveitis and other forms of OID

Postby Sue Blackwood » Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:07 pm

I had caaract surgery last Sept. Had a bad job, was sent to a retinal specialist who had to take out vetrius in order to get rest of cataract which had been dropped into lining. I have been on Prednisolone since then in different amounts (per day). Have developed a problem which has been referred to as "inflamation", another time as "iritis," another time, " it will just take time. " Each time drops are reduced, I have the problem, red eye, swollen, blurred vision, some aching. When I have asked the othomologist about causes, how long treatment, etc. - he is very vague. I had the other eye cataract removal in July and have not had a problem with it. The treatment thus far has been to increase the number of times perday. Is there a danger in long usage of the steroid? Have been told none to sometimes can cause pressure in eye to go up which then could lead to glaucoma. Don't know if uveitis is involved.
Thanks Sue

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Re: Learning about Uveitis and other forms of OID

Postby Mike Bartolatz » Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:53 pm

your iritis is caused by the trauma of surgeries to the eye. it can be one of the most difficult to control forms of iritis. Iritis can lead to cataracts, glaucoma, changes to the retina which can be blinding in some individuals. because of your type of uveitis I HIGHLY recommend that you get an EXPERT in treating uveitis involved NOW rather than later.
steroid eyedrops used over time are cumulative as are all steroids in the way the body is impacted. they can lead to Cataracts, they can also lead to glaucoma. if oral steroids are used, then those can lead to additional complications of osteoporosis and in some individuals type II diabetes. after about 850 drops of corticosteroid, cataracts develop in about half of those using these drops for any condition. Steroids are a mainstay of treatment of all ocular inflammatory disease processes not related to a virus, bacteria or other pathogen. if not related to one of them, then autoimmune reaction can cause it to occur and then Disease Modifying Anti Rheumatic Drugs are used to stop the immune system's attack on the eye.
there is a list of the specialists in the patient information section of http://www.uveitis.org the website of the Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation, Cambridge, MA USA. there are forums there for online support as well:
http://www.uosg.org
http://www.parsplanitis.org

wishing you the very best,
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