Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada Disease Quiz

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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease?

This disease occurs when the body's own immune system accidentally attacks a particular type of pigment cells called "melanocytes". The eyes are often affected, causing blurring of vision, flashing lights, or floaters. Other areas that can be affected include the inner ear, causing loss of hearing. The surface layer of the brain can also be affected, causing headaches and neck stiffness.

Symptoms of Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease

  • Eye pain

  • Bloodshot eyes

  • Fatigue

  • Hair loss

  • Blind spots or blind areas in vision

  • Excessive grey or white hair

  • Eyes are sensitive to bright light

Questions your doctor may ask to check for Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease

  • Do you have eye pain?

  • Do you have bloodshot (red) eyes?

  • Do you feel fatigued?

  • Have you felt that you are losing more hair recently?

  • Do you have partial loss of vision?

Treatment for Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease

This condition is usually treated with strong immune-suppressing medicines initially. As the disease becomes controlled, the doctor may change the type of medication and lower the dose.

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