I am 48. In June I almost lost sight in my left eye due to Uveitis. In my lifetime, this was my 3rd bout with it, but this was the worst. I had a steroid eye injection, and had been on Predeforte every hour and Atropine dilating drops 1x a day, until September starting out in June every hour, then dropping Predeforte to a few times a day by September, stopping the Atropine. By September my IOP went up to 26, and the inflammation was there but better, and the Dr switched me to Durezol. He gave me a choice between Durezol and Lotemax and I chose the Durezol based on people's postings here. I went to the Dr today, October 30th, having been on Durezol for a little over a month, and my pressure is now up to 33, and my vision is slightly blurred. I was not using dilating drops. I told the Dr that I don't want to be on steroids anymore. The Doctor also noticed that my cornea seems "rough", dry and irritated since using Durezol, which is another reason he is taking me off of it. He told me that Durezol and Lotemax are not steroids, that they are non-steroidal. That confused me. I'm looking at the paper inserts and online and they seem to be steroids. Are they or aren't they? So now I am to take Lotemax for one week, once a day, and then stop those drops altogether. Starting today I am using Combigan 1x a day to decrease the pressure. He also gave OTC Refresh Optive lubricant for the irritation.
I forgot to also mention that I have the HLA-B27 antigen and painful joints, especially the shoulders, which are threatening to "freeze", specifically the left one being the most painful. ...Interesting that it is the left eye and the left shoulder, ...must be the weakest part of my body? I am seeing a rheumatologist as well, and he is assuming I have ankylosing spondylitis, though it can't be proven. He prescribed first Naproxen and then Meloxicam since Naproxen made me nauseous. I also had 3 blood tests and an X-ray which showed nothing significant other than the HLA-B27 antigen and I am now to get an MRI on the shoulder. I am supposed to go to Physical Therapy for the shoulder, but the pain is so severe, and my sister had the same antigen and shoulder problem and PT tore something in her shoulder, so that scared me and I am not sure I want PT, though I know that cautious movement and exercise of the joint is imperative to prevent freezing.