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How are eyes affected by inflammatory bowel disease?

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If you’re over 40 and you have joint pain with your inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), you might also have problems with your eyes. The most common is episcleritis. Mild symptoms include redness, burning, and sensitivity. They’ll go away as you treat your IBD. More painful eye conditions include uveitis, an inflammation in the middle part of your eye, and scleritis, which affects the white of it. It can cause vision loss if you don't get it treated.

SOURCES:

Levine, J. S., Gastroenterology & Hepatology, April 2011.

Vavricka, Stephan R., Inflammatory Bowel Disease, August 2015.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): “What People with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Need to Know about Osteoporosis.”

TeensHealth.org: Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

WomensHealth.gov: “Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fact Sheet.”

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: “Liver Disease and IBD.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 28, 2020

SOURCES:

Levine, J. S., Gastroenterology & Hepatology, April 2011.

Vavricka, Stephan R., Inflammatory Bowel Disease, August 2015.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): “What People with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Need to Know about Osteoporosis.”

TeensHealth.org: Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

WomensHealth.gov: “Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fact Sheet.”

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: “Liver Disease and IBD.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 28, 2020

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