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#519476 - 03/01/19 04:55 PM Can this be a symptom of AS?
thebluedog Offline
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Registered: 12/09/18
Posts: 6
Hello - I have been having sporadic back/spine symptoms of AS for several years now. I've had this redness near the outer edge of my iris for quite some time. It's generally very mild but can be more apparent sometimes.
I'm curious to know if this could be a symptom of AS. I know that AS can cause eye inflammation. Has anyone else experienced this?
Thanks so much!

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#519477 - 03/02/19 10:10 AM Re: Can this be a symptom of AS? [Re: thebluedog]
Cymro Offline
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Registered: 11/01/18
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It has been many years since I had any eye problems due to my A.S. and that was only the one occasion. But such a thing should not be ignored so best get it checked out by a professional.

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#519484 - 03/03/19 12:58 PM Re: Can this be a symptom of AS? [Re: thebluedog]
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Hello, thebluedog:

I have had iritis many times in distant past and also conjunctivitis. If there is no pain, it is probably not iritis, but it could be something unrelated to AS and really only an ophthalmologist can properly evaluate the situation. If You are HLA B27 positive, or have AS, it would be much easier to get in for a quick evaluation by informing the office of this fact. Please do not hesitate to find out what this is and if related to AS, kindly let us know the details.

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#519523 - 03/24/19 12:59 PM Re: Can this be a symptom of AS? [Re: DragonSlayer]
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Registered: 03/07/19
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Hello John, in regards to iritis, can the pain in the eye come and go? I've had two eye appointments and they couldn't see anything that was obviously wrong, but I've had the redness, vision that goes blurry, and pain that comes and goes in both eyes.
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#519524 - 03/24/19 05:35 PM Re: Can this be a symptom of AS? [Re: Has777]
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Hello, Bryan:

If You went to an ophthalmologist who used a slit lamp to inspect for characteristic cells damaged by iritis, then You are probably good. The iritis causes severe photophobia (one cannot even look at any light source, no matter how dim) and not normal pain, but flaming hot icepick sensation.

Eye redness, blurry vision, and mild pain can be due to several other problems we are more prone to--even conjunctivitis. Like when we awaken and our tears have welded shut our eyelid and the eye is very red and can be slightly painful. We get this more often than the average population because we have Sicca or "Sjogren's-like" syndrome that stops the proper lubrication (which contains our primary immune system elements). Tooth problems are also rampant in the AS community for the same reasons.

Conjunctivitis will jump from one eye to the other, but iritis is thankfully (usually) attacking one eye per episode. It is good You have been to have it checked out because some people have chronic iritis that is "smoldering" and not as painful but just as sight-robbing; it is a primary cause of blindness.

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