Dr Eilish McConville is a General Internal Medicine Doctor (GIM), Rheumatologist in Ottawa, ON and Ottawa, ON. Dr Eilish Winifred McConville has 665 views and 3 reviews. 9 patients voted for the doctor, average rating 2.89 out of 5.
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  • Address Unit 105, 770 Broadview Ave., Ottawa ON K2A 3Z3
  • Practice name The Ottawa Hospital
  • Address The Ottawa Hospital, Riverside Campus, Division of Rheumatology, 1967 Riverside Drive, Box 37, Ottawa ON K1H 7W9, Canada

3 thoughts on “Dr Eilish McConville”

    Marc Joanette

    16 December 2021

    Probably one of the most uncaring, selfish practicioner I have ever met . Unqualified with very little experience in Rheumatology . Gives very inadequate care. Took 10 months before I saw her in person only to be told that the illness I was diagnosed with 10 years prior was in her estimation wrong . She is very rarely in her office . Never returns calls although the first thing she will say to you is ” If there is anything ca me ” . Her answer to every question is to contact your family doctor and it’s her secretary who delivers the message never herself in person . As I was saying took a diagnosis given to me 10 years prior and completely changes it to another creating havoc in your medical files . The previous diagnosis had been given to me by a 5 star Rheumatologist with years of experience who had passed on/sold his practice to this clinic after retiring . Very Unqualified!

    Marc Joanette

    17 December 2021

    I’d like to mention a little more information on an experience I had with Dr. Mcconville. I was trying to get in touch with her over my medication . I had had to get my stomach checked because of bleeding from you know where so I was told to stop taking my anti-inflammatories from my family Dr . turned out it was only hemmeroidal issues so before returning to taking these anti-inflammatories I decided to get in touch with Dr. Mcconville my Rheumatologist. I phoned and never received a call back from her . On the 10th day or so my eyelids became inflammed causing very dry eyes and permanent damage to my vision . My question is ” If Dr. Mcconville had returned mycall and answered my question which was is it th anti-inflammatory causing the bleeding “would I have permanent vision damage today ( floaters). I learned of the damage thru my eye specialist and he explained to me what to do and that I needed anti-inflammatories to reduce the inflammation. Of course Dr.Mcconville my Rheumatologist demanded who had given me this information inferring that it was wrong and demanded from me my eye specialist ‘s name and phone number . She of course is never wrong but the result to myself as I have mentioned is permanent vision damage. I wonder at times if she receives the messages from her secretary or just doesn’t get back in touch . My family Dr. says it would be a shame if I didn’t have a Rheumatologist and to keep her . I am hoping to find someone else very soon .she told me that the eye floaters were side effects of the anti-inflammatories I was on and told me that she would look into it and prescribe me a different anti inflammatory. 4 days later I had to call back to find out what was going on because she never returned my call .I am no longer on anti-inflammatories which is again her decision but the eye floaters remain to this day and she has told me that I show no indication of any inflammatory disease which I was diagnosed with ten years prior.

    Marc Joanette

    17 December 2021

    How Ankylosing Spondylitis Can Affect Your Eyes

    By Linda Rath

    Medically Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky, MD on June 17, 2020

    Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of arthritis. It causes pain and stiffness, mainly in your spine. But it can also cause eye inflammation called uveitis. Left untreated, uveitis can harm your vision and, in some cases, lead to blindness.

    What Is Uveitis?

    Uveitis is a large group of inflammatory eye diseases. It gets its name from the fact that these diseases mostly strike the uvea, the middle part of your eye. But uveitis can show up almost anywhere inside the eye.
    Doctors usually describe uveitis based on where you have it:
    *Anterior uveitis (also called iritis) happens in the front part of your eye. That includes the iris, the colored part. It’s the most common type of uveitis for people with AS. If it’s not treated, anterior uveitis can lead to cataracts, glaucoma, or a buildup of fluid called retinal edema.

    Intermediate uveitis is in the vitreous. That’s the big, fluid-filled space in your eye attached to your retina, a layer of cells that sense light and send signals to your brain.


    Posterior uveitis (also called choroiditis) attacks the back of your eye. It may affect your retina and your optic nerve, which connects your eye to your brain.
    Panuveitis affects all parts of your eye. It’s the most severe type. It can cause blindness if it’s not treated.

    Why People With AS Get It

    About half of people with ankylosing spondylitis have uveitis at least once. It’s one of the most common complications of that form of arthritis.
    Your eye doctor could actually be the first to figure out you have AS. That’s because the same inflammation that makes your back hurt can also cause inflammation in your eyes and other parts of your body.

    Some experts think the inflammation starts in a place you might not think of: your gut.
    It’s home to trillions of tiny organisms called microbes. They perform so many vital functions that you can’t live without them. One of their main jobs is to control your immune system. When the microbes get out of whack, your immune system does, too.
    Uveitis may start when gut bacteria tell immune cells called T cells to attack your eyes. But that’s probably not the whole story. Many people with AS and anterior uveitis have a gene called HLA-B27. This gene makes eye inflammation much more likely.


    Keep an eye out for:



    Blurred vision

    Sensitivity to bright light

    These symptoms can come on quickly in one or both eyes. Sometimes uveitis is a one-time thing. In other cases, you may go years between flares. In still others, it can also be long-lasting and need ongoing treatment.


    The goal of uveitis treatment is to ease inflammation fast. For anterior uveitis, doctors usually prescribe two types of eye drops:

    Steroid drops to lower inflammation

    Drops that widen your pupil to ease pain

    For other types of uveitis, you may need steroid pills or shots around your eyes. Sometimes doctors implant a steroid capsule inside your eye.
    Steroids can cause serious side effects, including eye diseases like glaucoma and cataracts. Usually, you won’t use steroids for more than 3 months. As you taper off them, your doctor may start you on another medicine.
    Some experts think a change in gut bacteria can ease uveitis. You might try:
    Probiotics. These are live, friendly bacteria. You find them in yogurt and other fermented foods. They’re in supplements, too.

    Prebiotics. These plant fibers feed healthy bacteria in your gut and make them stronger. You can find them in from foods like bananas and onions.
    Supplements for gut health like butyrate are another option. A diet that’s mostly plant-based could also help.
    Talk with your doctor to find out which treatment might work best for you.

    WebMD Medical Reference

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