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Learn about Sympathetic ophthalmia (SO)

Sympathetic ophthalmia (SO) is a rare, bilateral inflammation of the uveal tract of the eye. It typically occurs after a penetrating eye injury or less commonly, eye surgery, causing the uninjured eye to suffer an autoimmune inflammatory attack. This condition is of particular interest due to its potential to cause vision loss if not properly managed. Its prevalence, though rare, is significant enough to warrant attention, especially among individuals who have experienced eye trauma or have undergone ocular procedures.


The exact cause of Sympathetic ophthalmia remains unclear. However, it's believed to stem from an autoimmune response. When one eye is injured or surgically intervened, the body's immune system may mistakenly recognize the eye tissues as foreign, attacking both the injured and uninjured eye. This misdirected immune response leads to inflammation, which is characteristic of SO.


Signs and symptoms

- Decreased vision - Eye pain - Light sensitivity (photophobia) - Redness of the eye - Floating spots in the vision (floaters) - Blurred vision

Diagnosing Sympathetic ophthalmia (SO)

Diagnosis of SO requires a thorough medical history and a comprehensive eye examination by an ophthalmologist. Special imaging tests, such as fluorescein angiography and optical coherence tomography, can help assess the extent of inflammation and involvement of the retina. In some cases, a biopsy of the eye tissue may be necessary to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other conditions.


Prevention and natural treatment

Preventing SO is challenging since it involves unpredictable immune responses to eye injuries or surgeries. However, immediate and appropriate management of eye injuries and cautious planning and execution of ocular surgeries may reduce risk. Treatment of sympathetic ophthalmia leans heavily towards conventional medicine, including corticosteroids and immunosuppressive drugs, to control inflammation. However, the realm of functional medicine can offer supplementary approaches. Emphasis is placed on overall wellness, focusing on a healthy diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods, stress reduction techniques, and possibly the use of specific supplements known to support immune balance, such as omega-3 fatty acids and curcumin. It’s crucial, however, to approach these natural strategies as complementary to, rather than replacements for, traditional medical treatments and always under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

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