Vision Problems - Blurring & focusing..

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Dara, Jun 15, 2003.

  1. Dara

    Dara New Member

    These are eye problems that have just started within the past month or so. When I went to see my FM specialist I mentioned them to her. She looked into my eyes with her little light, said she saw something strange and had another doctor come in and look. The other doc said she thought it looked normal. Well, because I've just started having these new problems I decided I'd go see the Optomologist. The pressure in one of my eyes is way up. I now have to go in for a field vision test. I'm sure what he's looking for is glaucoma. My change in vision started with it being hard to focus. When I close my eyes, or even blink, it takes several seconds for my vision to come into focus - almost like I'm crossing my eyes!! The FM specialist thought it was all related to the muscles in the eyes, but that wouldn't explain the increase in pressure. My sister has had Glaucoma since her early 40's and macular degeneration runs in our family. My Mother and two of my Brothers went blind from this.

    Has anyone else had any problems with their vision being blurred and hard to focus?

  2. elaine_p

    elaine_p New Member

    I know fuzzy vision is a symptom of CFS. And I think the difficulty changing focus from close-to-far or far-to-close is, too. (I *think* the source for the last is the CFS Research Review or the CFIDS Chronicle.)

    So it wouldn't surprise me at all if it's also common in FMS.
  3. Shazzy

    Shazzy New Member

    Hi Dara,

    Yes i have terrible time with my vision. It get worse when my dizziness is playing up. Also gets worse with faigue.

    Your not alone
  4. Myth

    Myth New Member

    I have blurred vision (also fuzzy around lights in particular), I have double vision, and poor night vision. I have FMS and have been told these eye problems are caused by it. Still I worry about the double vision and I will be seeing an eye doctor for it (I have trouble focusing but that may be because I see two images of everything! :) It is good you are seeing the eye doc becuase you never know, but it could easily be because of the FMS.
    Myth :)
  5. LynneH

    LynneH New Member

    Dara, it's good to get everything checked out. The pressure in your eye would be a concern that needs to be followed up on.
    We do have a lot of eye problems caused by our syndromes, but I don't believe the eye pressure is one of them.
    We are prone to ever changing eyesight, floaters, optical migraines....the list goes on.

  6. judywhit

    judywhit New Member

    this is also a symptom of MS. Chances are it is fms but better to get a check up. good luck.
  7. ssMarilyn

    ssMarilyn New Member

    I don't know how old you are, but focusing problems start in the early 40's for everyone, bar none. That would also explain the blurred vision....your eyes just aren't focusing like they used to.

    Marilyn :)
  8. LadyMT

    LadyMT New Member

    My eyesight was one of my first symptoms. I could explain exactly what the problem was. When I tried to watch a basketball game or sometimes even TV it drove me crazy! Then I realized that it was because it took my eyes longer to focus than it did before I got sick.

    My eye doc put me in glasses. (I was not too happy about this since I had laser surgery three years ago.) He said in this case glasses would be better than contacts. However, it does seem to help, so I wear them :).

    Now... did I answer the question or did I get off track? lol

  9. ChiaPet

    ChiaPet New Member

    one of the symtoms of FMS is blurred vision.But I have been wearing glasses sinse I was 10 anyways.[This Message was Edited on 06/16/2003]
  10. teach6

    teach6 New Member

    I have both CFS and FM and I also have vision problems. Whwen I wake up in the morning my sight is always blurry for several minutes. It doesn't matter whether or not I have my glasses on. Sometimes I can't even read my alarm clock, which has large numbers.

    When I saw my ophthamologist last month my astigmatism had doubled in both eyes. My understanding of astigmatism is that it is when your eyes are not focusing together.

  11. garyandkim

    garyandkim New Member

    I have the pressure checked every 3 months and my vision is constantly changeing. I have nite glare when I first wake and had dry eyes till I had the 4 tear duct plugs in. Good luck and take your pain and spasum meds before the VF you have to sit in the same position for about 15-20 mins each eye. Ask for a foot rest if you need one.

    Good luck, Kim
  12. Susan07

    Susan07 New Member

    I had to start wearing glasses in my early 40's, am now 51.

    Last year when I went for my regular check up (my vision hadn't felt "right" for several months) the optometrist noticed closed angle glaucoma. I went to glaucoma specialists and had laser iridotomy done on each eye. This surgery helps to balance the eye fluids from in front and behind. A small hole was lasered into my iris (under the lid where it can't be seen or cause weird vision) and now the possibility of a glaucoma episode is supposedly gone. I can even take benadryl again!

    My regular vision still bothers me; hard to focus at times, etc. probably "just" the FM.
  13. Dara

    Dara New Member

    I do wear glasses, trifocals to be exact. I've worn glasses for reading for over 15 years now, I am 56, soon to be 57. I had a complete eye exam by my Optomologist in January and everything was fine, no problems with increased pressure.So, whatever this is it has just started. I was suppose to go in last Saturday for a field vision test but they called on Friday to cancel. The person who does the testing is only in every other Saturday. I do hope I don't have to wait too long. Fatigue is definitely what makes it worse. I was taking Zanaflex and thought maybe that had something to do with it, but I quit taking that several weeks ago and still have the problem.

  14. spatialbean

    spatialbean New Member

    also have your thyroid levels checked. You may have Graves disease, hyperthyroid. This can cause increased pressure in your eyes. One of my eyes is worse than the other and I have the same focusing problems.

  15. JHG

    JHG New Member

    I had cataract surgery about a year ago and my vision was wonderful, but recently has gotten worse. I have to get glasses changed in R eye, L eye is Ok. The doc said when your vision isn't even, it can account for some confusion. I'm not sure if that's so or not. Haven't had glasses changed yet. He also said I had the beginning of macular degeneration, a disorder from which my mother, now 93y.o. is legally blind. That scares me. Good luck with you vision problems. I guess it just another one of the things we are blessed with. Joyce
  16. Dara

    Dara New Member

    I have been tested many times for thyroid problems and my tests always come out "normal", but yet I have had all the signs and symptoms of thyroid problems. I even had a large tumor removed from my thyroid back in 1991 and now have only 1/3 of my thyroid, no thyroid medication though. They told me I don't need it.

    Macular Degeneration definitely runs in our family. My mother was legally blind from it when she passed away at age 87. She had it for at least 15 years before that, also had cateracts in both eyes. Two of my Brother's have it, one is legally blind already and the other Brother's eyes are getting worse with time. My sister had Glaucoma before the age of 40 and has had the surgery where they "drill" a hole in the eye to release the pressure.

    I am very worried about the increase in pressure in one eye and the vision problems, plus my eyes actually hurt. When I move my eyes from side to side it definitely causes a pain, or discomfort, that I've never had before.

    I called the eye doctor today to find out when I could come in for my field vision test. They told me they would call me back when they had a chance to look at the examiner's schedule. I've decided that if by this Friday I'm still not getting a definite appointment, I will ask my doctor to send me somewhere else where I can have the test done.

    Thanks again to all of you for your reply's and concerns. What would I do without all of you??

  17. dhcpolwnk

    dhcpolwnk New Member

    I think you're wise to have this checked out by an opthalmologist. Visual symptoms were my first signs of MS. (I have both MS and fibro.) First, my vision suddenly (over the course of half an hour) got much worse (three times worse in one eye and four times worse in the other, according to the doctor I saw). Then about 11 years later, I developed optic neuritis, which is very common with MS. With the optic neuritis, I sometimes felt as if I were looking at life through a scrim (one of those fine-mesh screens that are used in some theater productions). I also started to lose pieces of my visual field. I could see something one minute, and the next minute it would be gone; then I could see it again. I felt crazy. But the opthalmologist I saw that time (a much better doctor, by the way) didn't seem to be thrown at all when that happened during one of the tests he gave me.

    After that, he frequently mentioned that although the optic neuritis had gone into remission, he could see some atrophy in the disk. (An optometrist I saw later said he *couldn't* see that, but I don't think an atrophied nerve can regenerate.)

    Even if you do have optic neuritis, it isn't *always* associated with MS. But if that's what the doctor says you have, I would recommend being checked out by a neurologist to be on the safe side. There are MS medications that can help reduce the severity and long-term disability associated with the disease if you start on them early enough.

    --Laura R.M.

  18. Dara

    Dara New Member

    Thanks to all of you who replied. I have an appointment next week for my field vision test. I'm still having problems with my eyes, definitely seem to have a focusing problem. I am hoping this is nothing serious. I wonder if any of the medications that I take could cause an increase in pressure, just one eye??

  19. Kingskid

    Kingskid New Member

    I am 53, never had problems.
    I have FM CFS, a yr. ago I was sensetive to light, eyes tear up, blur vision, & pinches as if one was poking my eyes with needles.
    I will be seeing a eye doctor next mo. FM has alot of sensations going thru body,
    I think it is from Lack of sleep tired eyes, my eyes feel like the lids on them are sand paper also, it is probably a combination of age, Fm & CFS, make sure you see an eye doctor thats a must.
    Blessings to all
  20. Adl123

    Adl123 New Member

    Yes, I have vision problems. I can read for only a short time, and paint for a little longer. My vision blurrs and it takes forever for it to normalize agan. When I bend over I loose focus in my eyes and my left one feesl like it is falling. I never had there symptoms before CFIDS/Fibro, so I guess they are fom that. My opthomologist had no answers for me. My pressure in fine. I do have hemorrages in my eyes, but that is from diabetes. Hope this helps.
    Take care,