Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can lead to complications throughout the body. The disease, or the drugs used to treat it, can damage the blood vessels that supply your retinas, the light-sensing
What is lupus retinopathy?
Lupus retinopathy is an eye disease that occurs when your retinal blood vessels are damaged. This damage means that your retinas can't get as much blood as they need, and the retinas may be damaged due to low oxygen levels. Also, when the veins are damaged, your body may try to grow new ones, but these new veins may leak, leading to bleeding inside the eye.
What are the symptoms of lupus retinopathy?
When retinopathy first develops, you may not notice any symptoms. As the blood vessels become more damaged, and the retina starts to be affected by the decreased blood flow, you will start to notice symptoms. These symptoms may include blurred vision, double vision, or changes in your color perception. You may notice blind spots in your vision. Once the disease gets very advanced, you'll also develop eye pain.
Can it cause permanent vision loss?
If you have mild lupus retinopathy, your risk of losing your vision is low. However, more serious cases of retinopathy can lead to
How is it treated?
Many treatments are available for lupus retinopathy. Before planning a course of treatment, your optometrist may need to consult with your family doctor or the
How common is lupus retinopathy?
According to the Review of Ophthalmology, retinopathy is very common among people with lupus. About 3% of people with well-controlled lupus suffer from retinopathy, while 29% of people with active systemic disease have retinopathy.
If you have lupus and are concerned about retinopathy, see your optometrist right away. To find out more about the eyes, contact someone like Kennedy Eye Clinic.