Psoriasis = Dry Eye?
This is a topic that I should have brought up right from the start about dry eye, but never crossed my mind until recently.
The other day I went into my GP’s office to ask for a referral letter to see another ophthalmologist as I am going to ask to be put on RESTASIS (if they know what it is).
As I was ranting on about how difficult it is to deal with this condition he interrupted me and and asked me if I suffer from Psoriasis. My answer was my mother suffers from it and has so for many years now. One thing I never put together was no matter which health care professional I spoke to about my dry eyes they always asked me the same question of whether I suffer from psoriasis. I never bothered to question them on why they are asking me that. But when I say my mother suffers from psoriasis they leave it at that.
I wonder if there is a correlation between the two? Was my mother meant to have dry eyes but skipped her and got me instead?
Another thing that I should mention is in 2008 my ring finer on my right hand became extremely swollen. I was in excruciating pain. I was referred to a rheumatologist. The first time I met up with the rheumatologist he asked me about 10 questions in a row and they were yes or no answers. Two questions that stood out was whether I suffer from psoriasis and if I have red eyes. He diagnosed me psoriatic arthritis, a type of arthritis that is often associated with psoriasis.
This type of arthritis is mild and affects only a few joints. In my case it was only my finger. My rheumatologist said I have gotten this from my mum as she is the one more likely to get it due to her psoriasis. He said it must have skipped her and was passed onto me.
I’m starting to think that my dry eyes could be psoriasis related, even though I don’t have it the symptoms from the psoriasis are being passed onto me. Anyway I have been in remission after taking 4 sulfasalazine tablets a day for about a year and a half. Touch wood it won’t come back.