Last Updated on February 12, 2020
What autoimmune disease affects the eyes? What’s the most common autoimmune disease to affect eyes? Well, there are many autoimmune diseases. I think there’s about 70 different autoimmune diseases. There’s probably at least a dozen that are linked with eyes. Uveitis is one, for example. I know in some Crohn’s, or ulcerative colitis patients can get visual problems as well. There is also, of course, what’s that condition called again? The common one, multiple sclerosis. That’s the other one where the optic nerve can get affected. But probably the most common one that I’ve seen in the clinic myself would be thyroid disorders. Many people with thyroid disorders get eye problems. If they’re overactive thyroid, or underactive thyroid, they can get a visual problem. You may have seen some people with even eyes that are a bit bulging. A bit on the large side. So that’s Graves’ disease. And those eyes can always like pop out.
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They get a lot of pressure and fluid build up around the eyes. Me having thyroid conditions in my family now for quite a few generations, I’ve had overactive thyroid on and off, particularly affecting the eyes where I get photophobia, or I find that the light too bright, and I need to wear sunglasses, even inside sometimes, I’ve had to wear sunglasses in the past. So if you’ve got a very light sensitive problem with your eyes, you may want to get some blood tests done, to make sure that the thyroid is not sort of doing a bit of a problem, becoming a problem for you. So get that checked out. But yeah, that’s the most common one. But thyroid conditions can create so many problems in the body, but also many autoimmune diseases can see, can create symptoms that you may not even be aware of. So always pays to get checked out, if in doubt.