How Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis can affect the eyes

Pediatric Ophthalmologist Kenneth Wright, MD, shares advice for parents on how Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis can affect their child's eyes without them even knowing
How Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Can Affect A Child's Eyes
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How Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis can affect the eyes

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Children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis can have inflammation in the eye and they won't even know it. They're "asymptomatic", without symtoms. So if your child has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, it's important to have an eye checkup to make sure that they don't have that inflammation. If they go and have that inflammation and it goes on without being detected, they can actually lose their vision. Children with rheumatoid arthritis should have routine eye exams and you're rheumatologist will know that but it's just good for you to know that it's important to have that exam.

Pediatric Ophthalmologist Kenneth Wright, MD, shares advice for parents on how Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis can affect their child's eyes without them even knowing

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Kenneth Wright, MD

Pediatric Ophthalmologist

A caring physician, Dr. Kenneth Wright is devoted to the health of children’s eyes. He is an internationally respected pediatric ophthalmologist, and is included in “The Best Doctors in America” and “Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care.”  Dr. Wright is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the USC Keck School of Medicine.  He has developed novel surgical techniques for pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus.  Dr. Wright received his medical degree from Boston University and fellowships in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus at Johns-Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, and Children’s Hospital, Washington, DC.  Following his fellowships, he then accepted a full-time faculty member position at USC School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles where he served for 10 years.  He was later appointed Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, before returning home to Los Angeles to establish a pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus center of excellence.  

Dr. Wright has authored of over 100 published scientific papers, seven textbooks including his renowned textbook, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and has lectured worldwide.  He founded the non-profit Wright Foundation with a mission to reduce blindness and suffering in children with eye disorders through research, education, and clinical care. He has established a pediatric eye clinic for underprivileged children.  Important to the Wright Center is the principle that patient care always comes first.  

An interesting personal note is that Dr. Wright’s youngest son developed crossed eyes as an infant requiring surgery and Dr. Wright operated on his own son.  The outcome was excellent and years later his son served in the United States Marine Corps as a top marksman.

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