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Can You See Me Now?

Can You See Me Now?

I remember years ago, seeing a sign that said “caution eye protection beyond this point”.

Since being told over 50 years ago that I have psoriasis, I can see that my eyes are not the same at times. Psoriasis has affected my eyesight over the years. There have been days where I have itchy eyes that are red and puffy. It is so important that we get our eyes examined. The same inflammation that is in other parts of our body can show up in our eyes too.

There was a time in my life where I had psoriasis in my eyes. I was put on a new medication that triggered this to happen. Somehow the psoriasis was on the underside of my eyelids and I felt like I had sand in my eyes. The buildup of scaly patches around the eyes would make it difficult to close and open my eyes. The skin was very dry and would crack and bleed and cause pain when I tried to move my eyelids. I would get eye dryness because scales were pulling the eyelid outward. I would get blisters that would pop and sting my eyes. It was uncomfortable for a short while, but would feel better in a few hours. My eyes were very irritated at this point.

My doctor had me use artificial ultraviolet light to help ease the signs and symptoms of psoriasis around the eyes. He also warned me that my psoriasis could get worse and I could get skin cancer because of the delicate skin on my face. This was a chance I had to take. I needed to see.

Understanding the signs

Psoriasis was all around and in my eyes, but there was no itching. I eventually had to change medications because it would affect my eyes every time I took it.

I knew years ago that I had to take very good care of my eyes. When you have plaque psoriasis on your eyelids and you attempt to put anything on them you have to be very careful not to get the ointment in your eyes. These creams can be very damaging to the eyes. I would also use eye drops to relieve the pressure in my eyes.

I was told by my doctor that psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis can lead to infections, because of the autoimmune system. Psoriatic disease puts us at a risk of the immune system attacking the gland in your eye that produces tears.

No matter my travels or wherever I find myself, I’m thankful for the friendly reminder of that caution sign to warn me — eye protection beyond this point. I want to take care of my eyesight and realize that psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis affects the eyes as well as other parts of the body. At the end of the day, no one wants vision loss. I must treat my eyes with love and see to it that they stay healthy.

Now, do you still think psoriasis is just a skin disease?

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  • Littledove
    2 years ago

    I would like to know how to heal my psoriaisis the natural way. I cannot use biologics or metxrate. It started on my feet and hands then spread to tops of feet up legs, arms, back and I think it coming on my head. and the itch is almost unbearable, I feel like pulling the flesh off my bones.

  • RichardF moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Littledove. First let me echo RebeccaB’s sentiment about being sorry to hear that you are having such difficulties.

    I thought you might be interested in this article from our editorial team on complimentary and alternative therapies:

    You also might want to look into light or phototherapy. This article describes how it is used and potential benefits:

    Hope this information is helpful. If you would like some additional voices, you might want to checkout our Facebook page at Best, Richard ( Team)

  • RebeccaB moderator
    2 years ago

    Hello Littledove!
    I’m so sorry to hear you’re in such pain – and please know that you aren’t alone. While we can’t give medical advice (for your safety!), you may want to look into your diet and current skin care regimen to start. Many of our members have seen an improvement in their symptoms by addressing nutritional needs, pinpointing ingredient triggers, and the like. This article can get you started:
    Always be sure to discuss anything you try with your treating physician!

    I’ll reach out to one of our writers, VickiN to see if she can point you in the right direction as well.

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