I've held of posting this for while because I wanted to do more research.
I recently went for an eye examination, its been about 2 years since my last one. I just figured I would need a stronger prescription because I was having more trouble seeing with my existing glasses.
During the eye exam, the doctor noted that the cataracts in my right eye has progressed significantly since my last exam.
Instead of doing the normal drops, she went for the eye scan (basically a MRI version for the eyes)
The results, my right eye has almost shut down because of the advanced cataracts. Ok, being in my sixties, I figured that was close to normal. But the doctor told me, that my cataracts was NOT a result of aging, but instead due to MEDICATIONS!
Wow, hold on, what is going on?
One of the number one leading factors into medication cataracts is steroids. I started to think, over the years I might have been on predisone a couple of times and a medrol pack 2 or 3 times. She didnt thin that would cause it.
I went home and the next day I called her. What I have had, was about 15 or 18 steroid injections within the past 5 years for Back,Thoracic,Cervical,Shoulder and Hip problems.
THAT WAS IT SHE SAID! I talked this over with a number of doctors for the past 3 or 4 weeks. Yes, they all agree, steroids can create cataracts!. But I said, why wasnt that listed as a potential negative impact! Only because there can be so many different impacts from long term medication usage and that it can vary from person to person, so its almost impossible to list them all
Well, now, I am in the process in figuring out when I need to have the cataract surgery. Considering the surgeries, I have had in the past, this is a walk in the park. But, I asked what about my other eye??? Who knows?
This is not a warning, it is something for everyone to think about. We all know that our medications are necessary to get us through day to day existence. And we do know that long term usage can have its impacts.
But just exactly what are they?
I am finding out just one of them.
This is NOT to say that spinal patients should not get the ESIs. But, I think it does say why many doctors and insurance companies limit the number of injections you can receive.
One thing does a good job in helping one area, but later on, it causes a problem somewhere else.
I am continuing to do some more online research about this. What I am trying to concentrate on is the difference between oral consumption vs injections. Plus I want to know more and more about the impact of steroids on our eyes.
The material is limited.. But I will continue to dig into this more and more and will post any updates I find ....
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences