Eye Conditions and Ulcerative Colitis
Eye conditions that can occur with Ulcerative Colitis include conjunctivitis, episcleritis, uveitis, and iritis. Most eye conditions will improve when progress is made in treating the underlying trigger of Ulcerative Colitis, but some may require treatment.
Conjunctivitis, or “pink eye,” is an inflammation of the tissue covering the eye and inner surface of the eyelid and may be treated with antibiotics.
Uveitis is the inflammation of the middle layer of the eye wall and symptoms include light sensitivity, pain, redness, blurred vision and headaches. Uveitis is commonly treated with corticosteroids; if left untreated it could result in glaucoma or detached retina. My son developed uveitis. His was treated with corticosteroidal eye drops. It went away and reappeared years later due to inflammation. He was treated again and it has not reappeared.
Inflammation in the white of the eye is called episcleritis, symptoms include pain and reddening. Treatment is with a vasoconstrictor or corticosteroid.
Iritis is inflammation in the iris and symptoms include pain, light sensitivity, blurred vision, redness, decreased pupil size, and floaters and treated with steroids or coticosteroids.
Eye conditions are serious. If you start having eye conditions and you have Ulcerative Colitis make sure you visit and eye doctor.