How Exams Can Reveal Autoimmune Diseases

While autoimmune diseases often produce a wide variety of systemic signs and symptoms, some of the most obvious symptoms may be revealed during eye exams. Autoimmune diseases refer to when your own immune system attacks the tissues, internal organs, and cells in your body by accident. Autoimmune diseases include type I diabetes, lupus, Graves' disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and Sjogren's syndrome. Here are some manifestations of autoimmune diseases that your optometrist may discover during your eye exam.