Exam and Treatment for Ocular Complications of Autoimmune Disease


Autoimmune diseases, a complex group of disorders where the immune system erroneously attacks the body’s own tissues, can have a profound impact on ocular health. These conditions, often misunderstood, can lead to a range of eye-related complications, significantly affecting your eyesight and comfort. At Novel Eyes in Everett, WA, we specialize in understanding and treating the unique ocular complications that arise from these complex conditions. Our approach is rooted in a deep knowledge of how autoimmune diseases can impact eye health, ensuring that every patient receives the most effective and compassionate care tailored to their specific needs.

What Are The Common Symptoms Of Ocular Complications In Autoimmune Diseases?

Autoimmune diseases can manifest a variety of eye-related symptoms. Being aware of these symptoms is crucial for early detection and effective management. Here are the common symptoms associated with ocular complications in autoimmune diseases:


  • Dryness and Irritation: Persistent dry eyes, a feeling of grittiness, burning, stinging, or itchiness, and general discomfort, often worsened by autoimmune disorders.
  • Redness and Swelling: Indicative of underlying ocular inflammation.
  • Blurred Vision: A common sign of ocular complications.
  • Light Sensitivity: Often associated with inflammation of the eye’s internal structures.
  • Pain in the Eyes: Can indicate deeper ocular issues.
  • Vision Loss: In severe cases, autoimmune diseases can lead to vision loss.
  • Floaters or Flashes of Light: Symptoms of retinal issues in autoimmune conditions.
  • Tearing or Discharge: Signs of infection or inflammation.

What Are The Available Treatments For Ocular Complications Caused By Autoimmune Diseases?

At Novel Eyes, we offer a comprehensive range of treatments for ocular complications caused by autoimmune diseases, tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Our approach includes advanced therapies such as Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), Radio Frequency (RF), and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments, which are effective in managing various symptoms and enhancing overall eye health. For conditions like dry eye syndrome, we provide specialized treatments aimed at improving tear quality and reducing discomfort. In cases of inflammation, such as uveitis or scleritis, we employ targeted medications like corticosteroids or immunosuppressive drugs to control the immune response and alleviate symptoms. Our practice also emphasizes the importance of regular monitoring and adjustments in treatment plans to respond to changes in the condition. By integrating these advanced treatment options with a personalized care approach, Novel Eyes ensures that patients with autoimmune-related ocular complications receive the most effective and compassionate care possible.

What Are Ocular Complications Of Autoimmune Diseases?

Awareness and understanding of these complications are crucial for effective ocular disease management. Here are key ocular complications commonly associated with autoimmune disorders:

  • Immune System Attacks Ocular Tissues: In autoimmune diseases, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues, including those in the eyes, leading to various ocular complications.
  • Dry Eye Syndrome: One of the most common issues, characterized by insufficient tear production or poor-quality tears, causing discomfort, redness, and potential vision impairment.
  • Uveitis and Iritis: Inflammation of the uvea or iris, respectively, can cause pain, blurred vision, and light sensitivity. These conditions require prompt treatment to prevent long-term damage.
  • Scleritis: A severe inflammation of the sclera (the white outer layer of the eye) that can be painful and may sometimes lead to vision loss.
  • Retinal Vascular Disease: Autoimmune disorders can affect the blood vessels in the retina, potentially leading to vision changes or loss.
  • Optic Neuropathy: Inflammation or damage to the optic nerve, often causing pain and vision loss, can be a complication of autoimmune diseases.
  • Cataracts and Glaucoma: Increased risk of these common eye conditions is observed in individuals with autoimmune diseases, often as a result of the disease itself or as a side effect of certain treatments.
  • Corneal Damage: Autoimmune diseases can lead to corneal dryness, ulceration, or scarring, impacting vision clarity.
  • Episcleritis: Causes inflammation of the episclera, which can lead to discomfort and redness in the eyes.

Our team is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to address these challenges effectively.

Your Path to Healthy Eyes with Novel Eyes

Your vision is invaluable, and we are here to protect it. At Novel Eyes Optometry, we’re not just about treating symptoms; we’re about forging a path to lasting ocular health and overall wellness. With a focus on innovative treatments and patient-centered care, we stand ready to support you every step of the way. Allow us to be your trusted ally in eye care in Everett, WA, where we turn challenges into opportunities for a healthier vision. Reach out to us today!