Sarcoidosis and Your Eyes: Do You Know Enough?

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In general, sarcoidosis can affect various organs in the body including the lungs.

Sarcoidosis causes granulomas, which are tiny masses of tissue clusters, to form.

This leads to malfunctioning or damaged organs. Typically, this disease occurs in people between the ages of 20 and 40. Some people do not experience any symptoms while others have weight loss, feel fatigue, or have fevers often. Other people just feel sick overall. Symptoms do vary and that is depended on which organs the disease affects.

Sarcoidosis affects the eye in about 25-50% of those who have been diagnosed with the disease.

Uveitis is the most severe eye-related problem patients complain about. Uveitis occurs when the uvea, the center of the eye, is inflamed. The white blood cells make the eye feel sticky. This can sometimes lead to an increase in a person’s eye pressure. If left untreated, it can lead to blindness, but it is rare for that to happen.

Patients with the disease also complain about the following:

  • Itchy eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Redness in the eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Blurred vision
  • Pale yellow bumps on the eye

If you have sarcoidosis, it is recommended that you have a complete eye exam by an ophthalmologist or optometrist for at least two years after receiving the initial diagnosis.

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