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My co-worker isn’t allowed to drive anymore because he said he has an autoimmune disorder and he can’t see. What autoimmune disorder can make you go blind or otherwise affect your vision?
Autoimmune disease can affect any part of the body, including the eyes. Certain autoimmune disorders specifically target the eyes including ocular cicatricial pemphigoid, Mooren’s corneal ulcer, and some forms of uveitis.
Other autoimmune diseases are systemic and affect a wide variety of organs in the body, including the eyes. In multiple sclerosis or myasthenia gravis, double vision or drooping eyelids can occur. Graves’ disease can cause a bulging eyeball. Rheumatoid arthritis and lupus may cause eye inflammation and dry eye.
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C. Stephen Foster, M.D. Ocular Autoimmune Disease: An Introduction. 2018. The Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation. 26 December 2018