Enbrel eye problems

Question

I am 23 and have had ra for 20 years i have the condition called stilis this year i got myo carditos very badly and nearly died i have been on emberel for 2 years about 6 months ago i started getting visual problems halos afterimages and what looked like shooting light spots when i look into the sky or anthing white has anyone else had these problems the condion i have got is called visual snow i think

Answer

I hope you are being seen by an eye doctor. I am not aware of any problems with the eye with Enbrel or the other TNF drugs, Remicade and Humira with one exception. In very rare cases the optic nerve of the eye can become affected– called optic neuritis. This can be ruled out by your eye doctor.

Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

About Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

Part-time Faculty, Division of Rheumatology
Johns Hopkins University