Eye problems with glare, flare & halos

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by marcus1243, Nov 3, 2002.

  1. marcus1243

    marcus1243 New Member

    Anybody else have these with their FM? I actually had mine investigated at an eye clinic, and the optho noted that there were areas of increased opacity of the lens in each eye, accounting for the flare/halo effects. Some might say this is coincidence, but it's only happened since I've had the FM. Now this is worrying, because these are physical, structural changes that the illness is possibly causing, and we've all been told that FM doesn't do this. Any similar stories from anybody?

    Marcus
  2. marcus1243

    marcus1243 New Member

    Anybody else have these with their FM? I actually had mine investigated at an eye clinic, and the optho noted that there were areas of increased opacity of the lens in each eye, accounting for the flare/halo effects. Some might say this is coincidence, but it's only happened since I've had the FM. Now this is worrying, because these are physical, structural changes that the illness is possibly causing, and we've all been told that FM doesn't do this. Any similar stories from anybody?

    Marcus
  3. jpswife_4boys

    jpswife_4boys New Member

    I too have halos around objects. I just had my eyes examined this past year but I didn't mention it because I thought that my prescription was old and I need another one. My eyes keep getting worse. I was just diagnosed with FM in August. But I have been having flare after flare since May. My night vision is also getting worse. It's so bad that I'm afraid to drive at night. My vision is getting very blurry during the day as well. Part of FM? I don't know for sure but i suspect so.

    Best wishes
    Crissie
  4. marcus1243

    marcus1243 New Member

    And I get terribly blurry vision throughout the day, as well as ocular migraine-type headaches. The blurry vision would scare me more but it seems so on-off -- one minute, my sight seems pin-sharp (light intolerance notwithstanding), the next it's swimmimg in-and-out of focus. Can't figure out anything that particularly makes it worse (heat doesn't, frex), it just seems to come and go. Maybe it's eye muscle fatigue..?
    Take care,
    Marcus
  5. sybil

    sybil New Member

    sometimes they water a lot.then they feel like i have grit in them.i aalso have acute sensitivity to light,that kills my eyes.i wear sunglasses every time i go outside,even if there is no strong sunlight,we don't get much sun in the u.k. in winter!!
    if i open my eyes at night,which is often because i don't sleep well,i get a sort of bright flash occasionally,like a lightbulb being turned on and off.
    i used to have lots of migraines,with accompanying aura,but i don't have many of those now,


    sybilxxx
  6. joyof3

    joyof3 New Member

    i am very new to FMS. i also have bad night vision i felt that it was just this DD. stephanie
  7. Dara

    Dara New Member

    I have night vision to the point that I can't drive anymore after dark, especially if it is raining, can't even see the lines in the road, or where a street or driveway starts. I also have very blurry vision during the daytime, this just started about a month ago. We have macular degeneration and glucoma that runs in my family, so obviously I'm a little worried. I have had night vision problems for years and always tell my eye doc when I get my eyes tested every two years, but he's never really seemed particularly worried about it, why should he, not his eyes!!! Are you going to an eye specialist to make sure something new isn't going on? Let us know, OK??

    Dara
  8. karen55

    karen55 New Member

    My vision has been deteriorating the past few years to the point of worrying me. I was wondering recently if any of this had anything to do with the FM. I am extremely sensitive to glare, from sunlight, and traffic light at night. And there's also the halos, even when I'm watching TV. I'm going to get my eyes rechecked soon. It's hard for me to drive at night now if I don't know exactly where I'm going because of the glare from headlights. During the day at work, I close the blinds by my desk because the glare from outside bothers me so much.
  9. klutzo

    klutzo New Member

    I have not been able to drive at night since I got FMS 17 yrs. ago.
    I get blurry vision, esp. when changing from looking far away to up close, and vice versa. I have 3 different lense prescriptions and they go back and forth all the time. This is due to dysautonomia with denervation of organs due to FMS. (Excellent article in library here by Dr. Stephen Yue.)
    I sometimes need sunglasses even inside due to glare hurting my eyes. I was told this is due to the illness affecting the optic nerve. It comes and goes like other flares.
    My eyes are extremely healthy according to my eye doctor. So, yes, I think it is usually part of the illness, but always get any new symptoms checked out before assuming that.
    KLutzo
  10. latracy

    latracy New Member

    I was having terrible vision problems which came on suddenly. My eye doctor said that my eyes were getting older and I would have to learn to live with it. After seeing a new FM doctor who found that I was lacking calcium, zinc, b-12 started me on some suppliments. Suddenly my vision has returned. I researched this and found that your eyes need nutrients as your body does to function. So I suggest that you get tested to see if you are lacking any essential nutrients. Latracy
    [This Message was Edited on 11/04/2002]
  11. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    There are supplements formulated especially for visual health.

    Love, Mikie
  12. Roxi

    Roxi New Member

    I was a medical assistant in Ophthalmology for many years. Marcus is right...eye muscle problems. FMS affects the muscles. Sybil, and I, having problems with dry eyes. Moisture eyedrops needed, moisture ointment in the eyes at night very helpful. We all need to remember that the eyes are a direct part of the brain and we all know about the brain problems we have. That accounts for most of the visual goofiness. Reading used to be my favorite hobby...note the used to be. Driving is a challenge due to the excess of things to look at. Brain can't handle all the imput.Everybody take the backroads!