While most people associate rheumatoid arthritis with joint pain, that is not the only symptom of the disease.
Dry eye symptoms are experienced by 15% of the general population but among rheumatoid arthritis patients, that number jumps to 40%. The hallmark symptom is a gritty, sandy sensation in the eye.
It's important to contact your primary care physician if you are experiencing symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, because early diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis can help to reduce the risk of joint damage and the worsening of symptoms.
Dry eyes can be treated using artificial tears, prescription eyedrops such as Restasis and Xiidra, and punctal plugs. People often find nutritional support for dry eyes helpful in alleviating the symptoms of dry eye.