Page 1 of 1

loss of peripheral vision - advice please

PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 11:24 pm
by emmas2525
Hi, two and half weeks ago, I developed 3 large black spots in my peripheral vision in one eye. Within 24 hours it had reduced to 2 small gray spots. I sought medical advice and was sent to the hospital to the eye clinic and the doctor there said it was a visual migraine and would go of its own accord. A week later, it was still there so I went to my opticians who examined me who said the same thing. The only thing is, I still have the 2 small gray spots and its now 2 and half weeks since I first developed them. I would normally accept a medical diagnosis, particularly if I be told it twice, but its my vision and the spots still are there. Does anyone else have anything else like this? Is this normal with FM?? Should I push this further or am I just being a worrier?? Thanks

Re: loss of peripheral vision - advice please

PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 9:01 pm
by changeoflife
Hi, I too have two black spots or floaters as I was told by the optician and the nurse at pain management clinic. I first noticed them a couple of years ago and went for an eye test, the examiner said it was probably migrains as some people don't get the headache just visual disturbances. Now two years on and diagnosed with fibro, the optician said it's quite normal to have what's called floaters that are small particles that could be removed by surgery but are quite harmless. I too was concerned as I had read that I could be a sign of MS. The nurse as pain clinic reassured me by saying it's quite common in people with fibro, so I'm not so concerned now although I does get rather annoying now and then.

Re: loss of peripheral vision - advice please

PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 11:44 pm
by Queenie_70
Hi Emma,

I do have visual migraines, unfortunately, more and more often. I would describe mine as, if you can imagine the red and white posts outside a barbers that spins, well imagine that in black and white right across your line of sight. I also get bright pin pricks of light that seem to go from the centre of my line of sight outwards to the periphary. I too saw a consultant regarding the floaters and have been told that I have a great deal of them, in fact, they had never seen so many, and yes, it is all part and parcel of this lovely condition we call fibromyalgia.

Visual disturbances can be a number of things, or nothing. If you have been given the all clear, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Visual migraines tend not to be associated with pain, but are annoying and, in my case, prevent me from driving at times. On another note, because fibro can affect nerves and muscles, remember that the back of the eye has both, and therefore we can suffer from more issues due to this alone.


Re: loss of peripheral vision - advice please

PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 4:54 pm
by emmas2525
Hi, thank you so much for your posts. I can't tell you how much they help. I feel much happier to wait for my check up at the hospital in a month. FM is soooo horrible but it's soooo nice to talk to others who have the same thing. Thank you xx

Re: loss of peripheral vision - advice please

PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 8:50 pm
by TheHud
As long as they took your eye pressure and also a picture of your optic nerve (or had a good look when dilated) and all was OK and clear, it's optic migraine.

I had what I thought was Op Mi for a couple of years and it turned out to be ongoing damage to my optic nerve. Routine eye test (never had one before but vision had deteriorated badly) took a picture and hey ho off to the specialist with you.

Good thing is, nearly 8 years later and no further damage so far. Drops and laser treatment keep the eye pressure down to 10/11 just incase ;)