iritis eyeball

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.



DAY FOUR IRITIS, by Nawfal Johnson Nur, 7 July 2012

DAY FOUR IRITIS, by Nawfal Johnson Nur, 7 July 2012



I’m having fun with Iritis again – NOT!

But what I am doing is giving you who come to my blog, more photos and information about Iritis, because I hope it helps you determine if you may have Iritis so you can get to your doctor – STAT!

This may be a repeat for anyone who has seen my other blog entries on Iritis, but if you are new here, then this may be of some help.

Signs that you May have IRITIS!

  1. If you are POSITIVE for HLA-B27 (genetic marker) and also, Ankylosing Spondylitis.
  2. If your eye feels “heavy”.  You’ll know what I mean is you have this feeling – but all I can think of to describe it is that the affected eye feels “heavier” than normal.
  3. Photophobia – you are very sensitive to light, especially sunlight – even shaded light is painful!
  4. Seeing things close up gives a sudden pain in the eye.
  5. Pain in the whites of the eye when gently pressed (with eyelid closed, of course).
  6. Blood vessels seem to POP out in the whites of the eye.
  7. Vision appears foggy in the affected eye.
  8. The iris may become persistently stuck to the lens, then the dark center portion of the eye may appear smaller than that of the healthier eye.

What Should I Do!

  1. Go see an Ophthalmologist – PRONTO!
  2. Don’t spend time at the computer, like I’m doing right now!
  3. Get rest and take your meds.  Follow up with your Doctor if it is required or if there is no improvement with the initial regimen of medication.

Warning!  The computer screen looks kind of blurry right now, so I just hope that what I’m typing here is making sense.

Best of Luck if you are suffering from Iritis!


Day-3 Iritis, Edit B, btl

This is what Iritis looks like.

This shot was taken on Day-3: Right now, I’m on Day-7, and it’s getting worse I think.

I’m putting this up here because I get a lot of people coming to my photography journal [ right here… ] who are seeking information about Iritis and it helps to see a good photo of what Iritis looks like, and this is it!


If your eyeball is having any of these symptoms, or if you have any of these conditions, then take it serious…"Listen" to what your eyeball is telling you (so to speak):
1) Eyeball is Feeling Painful.
2) Eyeball Feels Heavy/Sluggish.
3) If you have Ankylosing Spondylitis (like I have), or another Auto-Immune Disease.
4) If your eye is turning red (like this in the photo).
5) If your eye is VERY SENSITIVE to light.
6) If your eyesight is getting blurry or cloudy.
7) If your eye is feeling scratchy (like a sandpaper type of feeling).
8) If the affected eyeball’s pupil appears smaller than the other eyeball’s pupil.
9) If the affected eyeball is sensitive (painful) to the touch (close eyelid and gently touch around the eye).


If Iritis is left untreated, it can possibly cause Glaucoma or Blindness.

The Following is the Treatment for Iritis as I Usually Get Treatment (and this will probably vary depending on doctor and severity of Iritis):

Beginning Treatment:
1) Prednisolone Drops (4 times daily) [PRED FORTE – Prednisolone acetate 1% ]
2) Infectoflam (applied at nighttime) [NOVARTISA – FLUOROMETHOLONE 0.1% & Gentamiin 0.3% and other active ingredients ]

IF the pain continues and the Iris gets stuck (the dark pupil stays small even in dark conditions), go back to your doctor for more aggressive measures.

For me, the next step FOR TREATMENT will probably be…

1) Steroid Pills. These can and usually cause Gastritis (the rolling around on the ground in pain type of Gastritis). You may have to take something to protect your stomach when taking Steroid Pills.

2) The scariest treatment I’ve had FOR IRITIS, is a SHOT of Steroids directly into the eyeball. This is usually the quickest way that I know to start the curing process for Iritis, but it is also the most severe measure as well (that I am aware of).

Note of Caution – This is only an informational write-up on Iritis, IF you even suspect Iritis as a cause of your eyeball pain – GET TO THE DOCTOR TO SEEK OUT THE CAUSE AND GET A TREATMENT BASED ON YOUR SEVERITY OF IRITIS!


1) GO to your doctor right away! Don’t wait if you suspect Iritis!
2) Take your meds on time.
3) MUCH REST!!! Don’t use the computer (like I’m doing right now, but this is important to me also, to share info…I’ll rest soon).
4) Follow up with your doctor IF the eyeball continues to cause you pain. You may need another plan of treatment.

Hope this helps anyone who suspects Iritis as causing your eyeball pain:  I have two other entries on Iritis here at Behind the Lens – if you do a search in my blog, you should find them.   For me, this is a recurring condition, WHICH I DO NOT ENJOY!

Good Luck!

IRITIS – Part Un

Iritis Eyeball macro image of iritis infected eyeball - Nawfal’s eyeball to be exact.

Does your eyeball feel painful? Blurry? Can’t stand to look outside in the sunlight? Your eyeball is bloodshot and achy? You could have Iritis!

[The photograph above is my eyeball on 7 April 2007. I have a Part Deux to my Iritis blog, and you can follow that link by clicking on the “Part Deux” or on the image above. In Part Deux, I go into more medical details and the symptoms I get before getting full-scale iritis. It may be helpful to you, although, I’m sure that symptoms may be different on an individual basis, but it never hurts to be informed and be aware of some red-flag symptoms.]


{start of original post Part Unbut edited…}

Most of the technical information you may want to know about iritis is in “Part Deux.” This first post was from January 2006, and now, the iritis saga returns for me (April 2007).

So you made it to my blog, and you see my eyeball in the photo above. You think to yourself, “That’s just like my eyeball,” (well, maybe not the same eye color, but perhaps the redness is the same).

You go to your eye doctor and he tells you, you have iritis: Not such good news. I’m not sure what other doctors prescribe for iritis, but I know what my regimen is for treatment.

If I was lucky enough to get into the doctor early, then he will typically prescribe Indocid [Indomethacin belongs to the class of medications known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs). It works by reducing pain, swelling, and inflammation.] As typical nowadays, NSAIDs come with all kinds of warnings and side-effects for prolonged use – just check it out carefully, ask your doctor about any drug interactions, allergies, side effects, and risks about taking these medications.

In addition to the Indocid, I’m typically put on Prednisolone drops for the affected eye – starting with 3 times a day and then after a few days, 2 times, and then 1 time a day.

Just because you have faithfully followed your doctor’s instructions doesn’t mean all will be healed when the meds finish. Keep in mind the symptoms and pain in the eye. If the eyeball does not feel considerably better after the meds finish, then followup with your doctor.

In my case, if things get really bad, then there are usually steroid pills, dilation drops, and in the worse case (that I can think of), is when I have to get a shot-of-meds right in the eyeball: I’m not quite sure how to describe that experience, but it’s no fun! Thus, get to your doctor early so you don’t have to have that done to your eye.

Nobody wants to be without sight! Seeing is a wonder, it is a miracle, it is something that you never want to be without. Most of us, however, probably don’t think about this gift of sight much. We probably just take it as a natural part of our “being” and expect it to work all the time. You wouldn’t even appreciate it much until you are threatened with losing it.

On average, I get iritis about every one and a half years and it is horrible. It takes AT LEAST 2 to 3 weeks of pure rest:  That should mean no detailed computer work, for which my doctor keeps reminding me.  However, I’m quite a bad patient at times.  I hate not doing anything!  It really makes a mess of my nerves if I’m not being productive.  However, believe me, to get over iritis you need to rest your eye, take your meds on time and follow instructions.

So, if you ever have a serious eye condition, don’t mess around with it, go visit an eye doctor right away.

ps: I shouldn’t even be here at the computer working on my blog because I still have pain in my eye. However, I see that a fair number of folks are looking for information about iritis; therefore, I thought I would sit here a few minutes and update this post. I hope my iritis posts help you if you are suspicious that you have this eye condition.

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