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What causes scleritis?

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There isn’t always an obvious reason it happens, but most of the time, it’s caused by an autoimmune disorder (when your body’s defense system attacks its own tissues). Some of those that are linked to scleritis include:

It also can be caused by an eye infection, an injury to your eye, or a fungus or parasite.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Scleroderma
  • Wegener’s granuloma
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

From: What Is Scleritis? WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on September 09, 2017

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American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Scleritis Diagnosis,” “Scleritis Treatment,” “What is Scleritis?” “Causes.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Scleritis.”

Merck Manual: “Scleritis.”

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on September 09, 2017

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