I am a 37 year old female and have had chronic eye inflammation for about 15 years, from epi scleritis, corneal ulcers and recently scleritis. This past year my flare ups have come more frequently and more severe. I have been on steroid eye drops for years and it has never cleared up completely. I also took oral steroids and that didn't clear it completely either. I recently went to an endocrinologist and he diagnosed me with thyroiditis but he wants to wait 3 months, redo the blood work and treat with medication if needed. I have been to a rheumatologist and all of my blood work seems normal. At this point I don't know what else to do. The pain in both eyes has increased. I take large amounts of Advil to help with the pain. Could I be allergic to something? Should I push the endocrinologist to treat me for the thyroiditis in hopes that it could help my eyes? Is there something else I should be looking at? Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated!!
I strongly suggest you see a uveitis/scleritis specialist ophthalmologist since your problem has been persistant. I can recommend Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami and Masschusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston as two excellent programs for starters. Your case requires a high level of expertise and special testing. Sometimes systemic treatments are needed with immune mediating drugs. Other times drops can be effective. See an expert at a major university teaching hospital in the field of uveitis and scleritis.
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