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Problems with vision

Postby Ribbonsrabbit » Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:31 am

I had my eyes tested probably 3 or more years ago and then again less than 12 months ago in the summer. So, the new glasses are much stronger so I tended to use my old glasses until my eyes got tired and then switched to my stronger glasses, which I also use if I want to see further into the distance, for instance to identify a bus number.
I recently have have a pretty massive health 'incident' where my back was injured, (waiting for an MRI to confirm disc injury) and the muscle spasms had me in hospital for the day blah blah blah but I am a bit concerned about my vision because it just seems like everythings blurry and I need my strong glasses a lot.
I think I have answered my own question and I must speak to my doctor about getting my eyes looked at because you can only have a free eye test every two years but if my gp asks for the test I wont have to pay because I genuinely cant afford it but that aside....
Do other people also have vision problems related to their FM and is it like when you have a flare and my sight will be a bit pants for a while but likely improve again as the other health problem relax.....
Only other relevent thing is that I started pregablin around that time too and the single dose twice daily made me go bonkers so the double dose once a day, that I do NOT advocate others copy, might have an affect?
Plus when I sleep I am going out cold for hours on end, last sleep was 27 hours....
FM is a bit pants isnt it.
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Re: Problems with vision

Postby millymoodoo » Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:34 pm

Hi

It really is worth getting your eyes tested again if you are worried about them!! I have mine done every year and i dont have to pay!! I have a fantast optition who is extremly thorough and she has a keen interest in fm, i was worried about my eyes as i really struggle with blurred vision and struggle to focus on anything especially in the morning. My optiotion explained that because the eyes are muscles it can be expected for us to have problems with our eyes as they are no different to any other muscles in our bodies that are affected by the fm.

I went to see eye specialist on monday regarding the blurred vision that i am getting particularly first thing in the morning and can last for up to an hour and it has turned out to be related to my diabetes. He asked me what time i had my tea at night and then when i have my breakfast and it turns out that as my body is fasting for approx 13 hours between meals it is causing vibrations in my eye muscles when my blood sugars dip. He has advised me to have a glass of milk or supper just before i go to bed to alleviate this and would you believe it, it has worked. The reason i dont have supper is because i am trying to get my weight stable, you just cant win can you?

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Re: Problems with vision

Postby moomoos » Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:07 pm

Hi,

Yes I am having problems with my sight too. I have had to have regular tests and I have one booked for today. My last test was in October 2012 and I can see that there has already been a change and will probably need stronger glasses already as I aqm struggling to see and am getting headaches and can feel my eyes ache when I try to focus. The test before October 2012 was the year before that I think. I worry where it will end to be honest as I am already needing a test after just a few months. Also, they say I am allowed more regular tests if I have health problems and the sight problem is due to the health problems.... for free

Hope that helps xx
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Re: Problems with vision

Postby moomoos » Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:03 pm

Yup needed stronger glasses. Deterioration in just a few months. She said muscles at backs of eyes will be affected by FM. I asked does she see a lot of FM patients with vision problems, she said one or two per week n most need stronger prescriptions and dont last out their 2 yearly check period. I have had 3 stronger prescriptions in less than a year now. I asked what covuld I expect? She said eyesight should settle mid to late 50's, take it from there? So no one knows basically, just with everything else for us sufferers

Hope this helps some more xx
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Re: Problems with vision

Postby Ribbonsrabbit » Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:21 am

Wow! Thanks soooooooo much you guys for answering. I cant even remember where I read it but I was joking not that long ago that I kept cleaning my glasses because I couldnt see properly but then I found it was more like I have snot in my eyes and they needed cleaning than my glasses but I guess this explains it...
Is there any end to how pants fm is?
Had another major incident with my back and will possibly end up in hospital tomorrow if I can stay awake....
I feel like a blasted 2 year old.... awake one minute and then just sucked down into tiredness so overwhelming nothing will stop the wave hitting..... I keep waking up with food in my mouth and I woke today with my dog lovingly eyeing up a biscuit half hanging out of my mouth.... I couldnt chew I was so tired so she got her wish but bearing in mind I have extreme ADHD and I am on so much ritalin, which is an amphetamine, that my blood has a street value..... when I konk out I just go and its like having narcolepsy.... Nothing will keep me conscious and ts so irritating when I have other stuff to do....
Anyways, thanks again so very much for the replies and it has been noted that my vision is down to my muscles being tired and not some other issue.... This site has helped me so much already. Thank you.
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Re: Problems with vision

Postby monica » Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:04 pm

Read this thread with interest. My eyesight is terrible first thing in the morning. I did wonder if it was a Fibro related thing. I can hardly read the computer screen, but after an hour or so it gets much better.
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Re: Problems with vision

Postby Iceskatemum » Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:40 pm

Please please folks , if you are having any problems with your eyes go & see an optician. I wokw up a few month ago with a painful left eye I could hardly open my eyelid , I used an over the counter eye spray which I had in the fridge and it seemed to help but the pain although reduced was still there .

To cut a short story shorter , eventually went to the optician who dx an ulcer and immediatly sent me up to the local eye A&E at a near by hospital. Here they fussed and shone various light in my eye and again agreed it was not 1 but a couple of ulcers on my cornea . They presecribed various drops and I now have to take a couple of times a day plus one at night.

Opticians will not charge if they feel your appointment is necessary for your health so please do go .
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Re: Problems with vision

Postby jennib54 » Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:33 pm

:-) Hi' i also suffer with vision probs in a morning. had to got to the docs last week for some tests to see whether i had RD as it turns out i have but he told me to make an appointment for eyes yess have'nt done so as yet but now that i know that it can be related to FM which i already have amongst other things so will deff make an appointment on monday.

thanks for the info on extra eye tests being free if they're illness related. its 2 yrs anyway since last test. but if i need them more often that i won't have to pay.

so thanks again for info.
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