Eye and Rheumatology Series : Ocular Surface Inflammation

Dr. Shilpa discussed briefly ocular surface inflammation including the different conditions i.e., Dry eye disease, episcleritis/scleritis, uveitis, allergic eye disease, and immune-mediated disease. A detailed description of Ocular allergy was discussed. Ocular allergy presents with symptoms of itching, redness, swelling, watering, burning, and photophobia.

Dr. Smitha discussed the immunological approach to ocular surface allergy disorders. Ocular surface disorders can severely affect eyesight and quality of life and in severe cases, blindness can occur. Though the prevalence of ocular allergies is high, unfortunately, cases often go undiagnosed or untreated due to a lack of understanding of symptoms and inaccurate evaluation.

Dr. Nandini discussed the investigations & treatment protocols for ocular surface inflammatory conditions. Perforation of the cornea and tear insufficiency often co-exists in PUK. Ocular cicatricial pemphigoid (OCP) is a systemic autoimmune condition and monitoring of disease progression and complications is important to prevent blindness.

Watch this video to learn more about ocular surface inflammation