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.

Dry eye is a common condition in which the eyes do not produce adequate tears, leading to redness and irritation. Scleritis affects the sclera, or white portion of the eye, causing pain and inflammation. Uveitis is an inflammatory condition that affects the uvea, or inner portion of the eye.

Symptoms for Rheumatoid Arthritis-Related Eye Concerns

In addition to the common joint pain and inflammation experienced with rheumatoid arthritis, you may experience symptoms of associated eye conditions, including:

  • Eye redness

  • Eye inflammation

  • Eye dryness

  • Gritty feeling in the eyes

Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis-Related Eye Concerns

If you have rheumatoid arthritis and experience persistent dry eyes, inflammation, or irritation, you should talk to an eye care professional, as well as your rheumatologist.