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Sarcoidosis

Sarcoid effect on the eyes

05/23/2011

Question:

Can Sarcoid change the eye color of a female?

Answer:

Dear Sir/Madam- Sarcoidosis can cause inflammation in almost any part of the eye, including the nerves sending signals to and from the eye (optic neuritis), the back of the eye (posterior uveitis), the front of the eye (anterior uveitis) and the outer protective membrane of the eye (conjunctivitis).

Although the colored part of the eye (iris) is usually not directly affected by sarcoidosis, it is possible that inflammation in the anterior chamber of the eye (anterior uveitis) could change the appearance of the iris due to the presence of particles in the fluid in the anterior chamber of the eye causing a "cloudy" appearance.

If you have sarcoidosis involving the eyes, close monitoring by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) is recommended to avoid serious complications, including vision loss and glaucoma.

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Response by:

Elliott D Crouser, MD Elliott D Crouser, MD
Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University