This is what IRITIS Looks Like

IF you ever wondered what IRITIS Looks Like, It is like this (see the photo):

"My Eye on Iritis!" Day 3 Iritis, 19 APR 2013, IMG_0915, EDIT E, NJN667. Copyright by Me.

“My Eye on Iritis!”
Day 3 Iritis, 19 APR 2013, IMG_0915, EDIT E, NJN667.
Copyright by Me.

I sit here and ponder life.

Well, being that I have Iritis AGAIN, for the umpteenth time, I am not even supposed to be at the computer:  I don’t make a very good patient.

I guess I feel obligated to share any information I can with other people who suffer from Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), because one of the possible complications you may face during your life’s struggles with AS, is dealing with eye problems, which seem to go together with AS.

First, if you are new to AS, you can find a lot of information about this Spondyloarthopathy disease at the American College of Rheumatology , or, from the Spondylitis Association of America !  Both are great resources for AS information.

Second, if you are new to having AS, and you have never had Iritis before, you need to be VERY AWARE of your symptoms, because if left untreated, Iritis can lead to blindness.

The main reason I go through the PAIN of taking photos of my affected eyeball is so that anyone coming to my blog for Iritis information will be able to see what an eyeball with Iritis can look like.

THUS, if your eye looks like mine (in the photo above), and you also have some or all the following symptoms, you may have Iritis:

  1. Eye feels “heavy”.
  2. Eye looks bloodshot.
  3. When you close your eyelid and touch around the eye, it is painful to the touch (even the smallest bit of pressure).
  4. Photo-phobia:  Very sensitive to light – especially sunlight (light causes pain).
  5. Looking at things close-up is very painful.
  6. Throbbing pain in the eye.
  7. If the affected eyeball’s pupil is smaller than the non-affected eye – THIS IS SERIOUS ALREADY – GET MEDICAL HELP NOW!

Symptoms can change rapidly (for the worse) with Iritis:

By day number three, this time, my iris was stuck (inflamed badly).   Thus, in number 7 (above), when the pupil does not get bigger, smaller, or change at all in different lighting conditions, then your iritis is very bad already and you need medical help.

In medical terminology, here is some information from

Iritis is inflammation predominantly located in the iris of the eye. Inflammation in the iris is more correctly classified as anterior uveitis.  The ciliary body can also be inflamed and this would then be called iridocyclitis.  When the iris is inflamed, white blood cells (leukocytes) are shed into the anterior chamber of the eye where they can be observed on slit lamp examination floating in the convection currents of the aqueous humor. These cells can be counted and form the basis for rating the degree of inflammation.  [Source: ]

In short, it is ‘like’ Arthritis of the Eye.

So, I am here pondering life.  In addition, if you are having an Iritis flare-up, then you should stay away from the computer as much as possible.  IF you need to be at the computer, then be disciplined:  Work for one hour and then rest for an hour.  If you do not rest your eyes, the condition can last longer, and you may develop Iritis in the other eye (the “good” eye)…this has happened to me before so I know it is true.

It is time to get away from the computer.  I’ll have more Art Photography posted here soon:  I have started a new Abstract series and I am enthusiastically hoping to show it here…when the eyeball permits.



  1. Nawfal, I am so sorry to hear that! Because you are an artist your photo looks like a beautiful abstract, however when one reads below …then it looks ominous!! I am familiar with autoimmune diseases as I “own” one. Mine does not affect the eyes however I have noticed that lately that I spend longer hours in front of the screen, my eyes are at a terrible state, so I can imagine how important being away from the computer is!
    The things they never tell us about ‘new’ technologies and we get to find out the hard way!
    I hope this thing occupying your eyes, leaves soon and never comes back again!
    All the best!


    1. Hello Marina:
      Thank you very much for your kind and thoughtful words. I like what you said about “owning one.” Yes, you are right; with autoimmune diseases, we own them, in most cases, for life. Coming to grips with a life-long disease is difficult, but more difficult than that is dealing with the disease when an artist needs to be most creative. We carry with us certain burdens and I just hope these obstacles make us stronger. Well, we just need to move forward as best we can. Thanks again, Marina! Best Wishes. 🙂 ps: Please take care of your eyes too,


      1. 🙂 You too my friend.
        I like to think that we autoimmune owners are lucky, as our own system has found ways to warn us and make us find better paths. A good set of ears is all we need and the rest will happily follow [art included!].


      2. Hi Marina: 🙂
        I have not been on the computer very much, but hope to see more of your work when my crazy-eye gets healed: It just seems to get worse by-the-day.

        You said that you also “own” an autoimmune condition: I was just wondering what it is that you have? If I were to come across any scientific/medical papers on your autoimmune disease, I would certainly pass them to you, or the web link, so you can read anything I come across.

        Take care, Marina! Wish me luck.



      3. I am wishing you the best, my dear Nawfal. Focus on getting better, my friend.
        I am fortunate as it’s a very light “cousin” of lupus, discovered 13 years ago and for years I am off medication.
        Again, focus on goodness and focus on being well!


    1. Thank you Victoria! Yeah, I have my timer set for 1-hour blocks to work – rest – work – rest – it sure slows down progress, but necessary to get healed of this. It can get really bad, as you know. I’m doing my best impression of a pirate with my eye patch on and working with monocular vision – seeing how it is to live with only one eye is very interesting, and a challenge. It gives me a new found respect and soft heart for anyone with eyesight problems. Take care and wishing you all the best.


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