I was diagnosised with RA 5 years ago. I have been on methotrexate for this period of time. Recently I have been diagnosied with catatracts. Went to have the catararcts removed and have been diagnoised with macular degeneration. Has anyone had a similar problem? I am 59 and this is young to develop these viosion problems.
I think we need more info on what you have been treated with over that period of time. For example, long term prednisone causes a specific kind of cataract. However, my brother in law had cataract surgery at 52 and for the same reason everyone does- sun without protection of the eye. We grew up that way, right? He wasn't taking any medication and is in excellent health. Either way you got them and will need to decide if you want the surgery.
Macular degeneration can have a number of causes including untreated or poorly treated diabetes. your doc ought to be telling you what he believes is the cause. since you will be seeing him again, that will be the time to bring a list of questions and hopefully someone with you to help keep you on track and take notes. Ask all questions until you understand. Don't be shy. No musky I ever caught was shy!
This may depend on your race & skin & hair color. I recently had my eyes checked & the doctor told me that being a strawberry blonde with blue eyes, & fair skin put me at greater risk for these conditions. I am 65, & was a sun worshiper in my day, but I have no problems other than just some poor nearsightedness. I have worn glasses all my life just about. I tried to read up on this & the only thing I found about methotreate is al follows:
Ocular side effects reported with methotrexate include conjunctivitis and serious visual changes of unknown origin.
This is all that is listed about the eyes. I don't know if this helps you or not. I hope so. Some of us unfortunately, are subjective to rare side effects or just plain bad luck it seems... Mary
- Methotrexate Information for Consumers
- Methotrexate Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Methotrexate (detailed)
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