Table 1

Clinical information relating to the patients with rheumatoid arthritis who donated both tear and blood samples

Age/sex Duration of disease (years) Ocular complications Steroids (local/systemic)
62/F40Keratoconjunctivitis sicca–/+
70/F20Keratoconjunctivitis sicca–/–
71/F18Keratoconjunctivitis sicca–/–
75/F20Bilateral corneal melt; bilateral ECCE + PKP+/+
77/F20Left corneal melt; right central thinning; left PKP+/–
63/MUnknownLeft peripheral thinning
  • ECCE = extracapsular cataract extraction; PKP = penetrating keratoplasty.