Re: How does Autoimmune disease cause inflamed eyes?
The autoimmune condition can attack the optic nerve causing it to become inflammed--see term Optic Neuritis. The medical suffix "itis" means inflammation. Optic Neuritis can be caused by either MS or Lupus. Lupus is a type of vasculitis which can affect many organs of the body including the eye. Like MS, it can cause brain lesions.
From what I've been told, the first symptom of an autoimmune condition can present in the eye. Did it affect her ability to see and is she responding to the prednisone?
For more research, see terms like macula edema, uveitis, peripheral vasculitis, hypercoagulable.
Re autoimmune conditions that affect the eye(s) see:
Temporal Arteritis or Giant Cell Arteritis (for patients age 50 and over only)
APS (antiphospholipid syndrome see Immune section about APS)
Factor V Leiden (for anyone who has had miscarriages and has blood problem)
Also, keep in mind that this may be idiopathic and the cause may never be known. The best defense against losing vision is to find the cause and treat it. The prednisone is a good conservative treatment. Is it the IV solumedrol?
Last edited by californiasunflower; 07-04-2004 at 03:08 PM.