Visual Disturbances, NOT blurry vision

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by abcanada, Oct 15, 2006.

  1. abcanada

    abcanada New Member

    I have extremely irritating visual disturbances, along with very sore/tender eye balls quite often. I discribe the visual disturbances as ALOT of dark floaters/shadows(this occurs 98% of the time). Any kind of light background, or to look at the sky things will be shimmering as if there were tons of tiny bright stars. I have seen an eye surgeon and a neurologist who both said my eyes were fine. Does anyone else experience anything like this? Thanks Laura
  2. sleepyinlalaland

    sleepyinlalaland New Member

    I remember mentioning those dang SPOTS to my mom and she explained what they were. Of course SHE had FM also and she was familiar with most all of my early childhood complaints (migraines, chest pain, sinnusitis, low blood-pressure, sleep problems).

    At 60, I have weirder stuff than ever going on visually. Recently---overnight---I had a huge floater develop. It is unlike others, it is not a floating "black spot", but an area of my vision that is blurry...I keep cleaning my glasses. I went to an eye doctor right away, because sudden changes are worrisome. He examined my eyes and said it was just a large floater (vitreous fluid) and that it should "settle down". It hasn't yet, and I'm looking for a second opinion.

    Also, I have problems with flourescent pink. My eyes have trouble focusing (vision JUMPS) whenever I see it even out of the corner of my eye. I actually think it started in the 80's when neon colors were so in vogue and my daughters wore so much bright pink! (only half-kidding on that one)

    I think it's reasonable to assume that FM affects vision, as good vision mostly depends on muscles (as in how you use eye muscles). I would bet that many of us are myopic, I certainly am. Very myopic people are more prone to other visual problems.
  3. rose52

    rose52 New Member

    This was a very interesting article for me.
    Approximatly 10 to 15 years ago.. my eyes just went out on me but not like being complelty blind. I just couldnt focus.. and everything was so blurred. I remember crying cause I couldnt see the Christmas lights that year. I was diagnosed with fibro not long after.. but still have trouble from time to time with my eye feeling like its going to bust out of the scoket.. only to have the opthmologist tell me.. he can find nothing. Apparently there are trigger points behind the eye that causes this when I go into a flair.
    I am hoping the best for you in finding something or someone who can help you.
    Rose
  4. Marta608

    Marta608 Member

    Hi, Laura. I've been dealing with this problem since before (early) cataract surgery in August. I say early because I can't possibly be old enough! The doctor, seeing my dismay, assurred me that they do cataract surgery on children. Well, that made me feel a lot better...

    Anyway, YES. The floaters are not only the dark specks, they're also shadows and flashes of light. As long as you've had it checked out by a specialist and know that your retinas are OK, I'd say it's a combination of aging (although I have no idea how old you are or what your dx is) and the neurological stuff that goes with CFS/FM.

    Welcome to my world! ;>)

    Marta
  5. abcanada

    abcanada New Member

    Good to get some ideas and know I'm not the only one. I'm 31 and have had a CT Scan 9 months ago(was normal). I have an upcoming MRI in 3 weeks. They say this is the last until they are going to call my condition FM. I've had alot of things supposedly ruled out from other tests, but they do say it can be hard to detect things like Lupus and they will do tests again later. It seems to me that what I feel with my eye soreness is not just nothing, but I just saw a Neurologist the other day, and he took a good look and suggested the fact that I get overall body aching and pain may be why mt eyes hurt??? I'm not sure, but I think I will get them checked by someone else. Just to be sure. This all started with last pregnancy and migraines(almost two years ago), but I have visual disturbances whether I have a migraine or not. Anyway, they were not present when migraines began and seem to have worsened over the last few months. They've tried four separate rounds of prednisone(short term) to see if that would help, but it did not. Any way it drives me crazy, and I don't even drive because of it and other medical factors.
  6. Chootik

    Chootik New Member

    WEll I can identify with this too!

    I started getting floaters and a little bit of double vision about 5 or 6 months ago. It sucked!

    About 3 months ago I started on Anti-viral medication for my chronic EBV and low and behold, most of the floaters went away after a few days of the Anti-Virals. I've been on that for 3 months. A few weeks ago I took a break for about 5 days, and I noticed the foaters were back.

    So what this tells me is that the EBV and who knows probably other infections are in my eye and they cause inflamation, which is why I have red itchy eyes everyday and this causes the floaters.

    Now I don't know if you have red or itchy eyes, but you might want to check yourself for any infections, if you have any they could be causing the inflamation and pain in your eyes and therefore the floaters as well.

    Just an idea to check out.
    Good luck.
    Chootik
  7. mrdad

    mrdad New Member


    I think what you are discribing is very common. I have
    the exact same problems. The dark "floaters" however
    in my case began 40 years ago while in Kollige. Only
    one eye then. Now it's quite notable in both! The vis-
    ual thing is like one has with the flu in my case but
    without the fever. Think it comes wiff the territory.

    Stay warm upthere "K"?
    MRDAD
    Ya seen SGT. PRESTON lately? And KING?