Newbie: Iritis with very cloudy vision - how bad is it?

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romanlutsk
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Newbie: Iritis with very cloudy vision - how bad is it?

Post by romanlutsk » Sun Jun 07, 2015 12:48 am

Thanks for the great forum. I stumbled upon it when researching about the very cloudy vision that happened this morning (see detailed history below).

The cloudy/blurry vision is very disturbing, just wondering if somebody can shed some light on the right course of treatment. Also, what's the prognosis, any chance of vision loss? thanks a lot!

History:
Lower back pain over the past 10-15 years

Feb 8-12, 2013: Iritis first time , self (mis-) diagnosed as conjunctivitis, following a common cold (Feb 4-17th) caused by cold wind/draft, proximity to other sick people, too much hiking (23K steps a day), volcanic smog (was on Oahu, Hawaii at a time). Started with inflamed left eye, then spread to right eye overnight. The eyes were very red, but I thought it was due to conjunctivitis - everything went went away on it's own in 4 days, didn't see a specialist there. Treatment: cough drops, hot tea, lots of sleep, multivitimans, tussin cough & chest de-congestant.


2015: May 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th: work in the garden, lots of wind and dust, stress, lack of sleep, going to bed late (1-2pm)

May 28th, 2015, 5pm on: noticed redness in left eye

May 30th, 5:30pm: used over the counter anti-redness drops

June 1st, 10am: went to see the optometrist and got Prednisolone Acetate Ophthalmic Suspension USP (1%), used 1 drop every hour for 12 hours, then 1 drop every 2 hours

June 3rd, 10am: went to see the optometrist again. Intraocular pressure is OK.

June 4th: no change in symptoms, saw optometrist again, got eye dilation solution (Bausch & Lomb Cyclopentolate Hydrochloried Ophthalmic Solution, USP, 1%), 1 drop 4 times a day. Intraocular pressure is at 17.

June 4th, 9pm: stayed outdoors and got a little cold, it worsened the symptoms

June 5th, 7pm: stopped using Prednisolone and eye dilation solution due to extreme burning sensation in the eye. Ate 10 cough drops and 5 cups of hot tea instead, thinking the inflammation was caused by plugged-up left nostril

June 6th, 7am: woke up with dull pain in the eye (no burning sensation any more) and very cloudy/blurry vision (can only recognize shapes of objects). Sweating during the night.

June 6th, 10am: went to the same optometrist, he restarted me on Prednisolone Acetate Ophthalmic Suspension USP (1%) (1 drop every hour for 48 hours) and Bausch & Lomb Cyclopentolate Hydrochloried Ophthalmic Solution, USP, 1%), 1 drop 4 times a day. Intraocular pressure is at 18. The doctor referred to see the Ophthalmologist first thing on Monday (in 48 hours).

June 6th, 8pm: no more burning sensation, less light sensitivity, extreme cloudiness remains. Just spoke to the optometrist, he suggested I go to Urgent Care now to see ophtalmologist.

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Re: Newbie: Iritis with very cloudy vision - how bad is it?

Post by Mike Bartolatz » Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:13 pm

how did your appointment go with the ophthalmologist?

it might be that you have HLA B27 related uveitis causing the back pain from ankylosing spondylitis, reactive arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis. all can have forms of arthritis to include the low back pain.

if negative for the HLA B27 gene it could still be linked to the above condition but due to the IL23R or IL1R genes.

you could also have other conditions linked to uveitis with our without the IL23R gene or IL1R genes.

sorry you were misdiagnosed as conjunctivitis but this is a common mistake by doctors, even some optometrists make this mistake.

please respond in the GENERAL discussion forum. click on BOARD INDEX at the top of this page to be redirected.

wishing you the very best,
Mike

PS: I have been on vacation for the past couple of weeks without cell or internet access fishing in a remote part of my state so I couldn't respond sooner. msb
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