- CASE FILE
55 y/o nurse recently diagnosed with an Autoimmune disease in both eyes than can lead to blindness
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I have had Trichiasis in both eyes for approximately 5 years. Over the past 6 months I have been experiencing severe dry eyes, as well as noticing vision changes. I went to the Ophthalmologist in April and I was diagnosed with Symblepharon OU, Occular Cicatrical Pemphigoid OU, Trichiasis with Entropion OU, and Posterior Vitrious detachment OU. He informed me this is not something someone my age usually gets, as it usually strikes older adults in their 70s. It seems I have a 15 year head start on this disorder and I understand from my doctor and in researching this, the scar tissue that has began to cover my eye will likely result in blindness.
I have been tested for autoimmune disorders, including Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and Sjorgren's, which were all negative. My ANA was 0-80, but all other labs were normal, except for being anemic. I have a brother, 2 years older than me, who was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis over a year ago and is currently taking weekly Humira injections. I have been taking Flarex 2x/day for nearly 3 months and my Ophthalmologist just decreased the dose to 1x/day due to pressure increase of 5 points from prior visit in April, 2019.
In my current role as Chief Quality Officer for 2 hospitals, I estimate I am on my computer approximately 8 hours/day. I love working in a hospital and truly feel it has always been a calling by God and truly love being able to make a difference in the lives of others. My nursing career began in the operating room where I had the opportunity to see many exciting medical procedures and overwhelming improvements to people lives every day. Everything I do as a nurse, and more specifically a Quality nurse, requires me to be able to read patient medical records, observe hospital processes, and compile large amounts of data to help us focus on where we can improve the care we're providing to our patients.
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