Author Topic: Retinal Specialist? ...and Dental Specialist? (is there such a thing?)  (Read 1216 times)

sissyjane

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Good morning!

I'm in the testing phase, but my Opthamologist says I have Sjogren's. I have all of the symptoms, so I'm reading and researching. My blood tests haven't come in yet.

Will I need to go to a retinal specialist? When I went to the eye doctor Thursday, he said I have an Insignificant cataract, and my glaucoma test was at the high end of normal. Both of those changes are new, and I'm not happy about either of them.

Is there a special dentist I should consider?

I live in the mountains, and would have to travel for special care. My Rheimatologist is three hours away.
I will do whatever it takes...

SueAnn

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Re: Retinal Specialist? ...and Dental Specialist? (is there such a thing?)
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2010, 10:35:33 AM »
Sissyjane,

Welcome!  Yes there are retina specialist out there.  I was sent to one and found out that they don't treat dry eyes, so I was referred to another MD for that.  I ended up just going to a Optamologist that would do both.    I have collected an assortment of doctors, so it can get time consuming and expensive. 

I am planning on switching dentist as mine has no clue about SJS, but I am going to one who did her masters on sjs.   I heard her speak at a lupus meeting and she seemed very knowledgable.

I have found this forum to be very helpful.

SueAnn
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Calli66

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Re: Retinal Specialist? ...and Dental Specialist? (is there such a thing?)
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2010, 11:42:38 AM »
Retina specialists are needed if you decide to take Plaquenil, if you have a high degree of myopia, if you have had vitreous detachments---among other things. If you have dry eyes, you can ask for an ophthalmologist who specializes in "ocular surface" disease.

Calli

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Re: Retinal Specialist? ...and Dental Specialist? (is there such a thing?)
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2010, 08:15:46 AM »
I would recommend an Opthamologist and a dental school.