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Chronic Conditions

Certain chronic conditions may also affect the eye. Choose a condition and learn how the disease may affect your eye. There may be preventative measures to help avoid eye problems associated with these chronic conditions.

Bell's Palsy

The effects of Bell’s palsy on the eyes usually come in the form of dry eye, excessive tearing, and inability to close the eye.

Diabetes Related Eye Problems

Having type 1 or type 2 diabetes may put you at risk for common diabetes-related eye problems, including cataracts, glaucoma, macular edema and diabetic retinopathy (damage to blood vessels that lead to the retina), which may lead to retinal detachment.

Graves’ Disease (Graves’ Ophthalmopathy)

In Graves’ Ophthalmopathy, the overactive thyroid targets the area surrounding eyes and may cause inflammation, redness, achiness, eyelid retraction and bulging eyes.

Rheumatoid Arthritis-Related Eye Concerns

Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition in which joints of the body experience pain and inflammation. As it relates to the eye, rheumatoid arthritis may lead to conditions such as dry eye, scleritis, or uveitis.

Sjogren’s Syndrome

As it relates to the eyes, Sjogren's syndrome targets tear glands, causing those who have it to suffer from extremely dry eyes.