Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Eye Problems

Fibromyalgia Eye Problems

Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome affecting many people, mainly women that cause long-term pain in many areas of your body.  Fibromyalgia can cause joint, tendon, soft tissue, and muscle pain all over the body.

An area that is commonly overlooked in fibromyalgia patients is the eye. It is no surprise that fibromyalgia causes eye problems due to the eye containing six main muscles to control movement.  Because fibromyalgia affects the nervous system it can affect one’s vision.

Causes

The causes of eye problems with patients who have fibromyalgia are linked to the nervous system.  Fibromyalgia over time deteriorates your nervous system.  Because nerves play a key role in all body functions, it comes as no surprise it can affect your eyes as well.

Nerves that travel to your eye deteriorate and cause an array of problems. Fibromyalgia can deteriorate the nerves fully, or just a little. The fibromyalgia can cause a few symptoms, many symptoms, or sometimes none at all.

Symptoms

Symptoms of fibromyalgia in the eyes are simple, but can sometimes be over looked.  One may experience blurred or impaired vision.

These vision problems could start just at night while driving in the dark.  One may feel their eyes straining to see road sings, or squinting to see the lines on the road.

Fibromyalgia can affect ones vision, but might not be attributed to fibromyalgia. Vision changes can occur for many reasons such as old age.

It is important to consider that if you have fibromyalgia and experience changes in vision to contact your doctor.

Another symptom is that one may experience pain while reading print. Because fibromyalgia can negatively affect your vision reading smaller print may become more difficult.

When trying to read print becomes more difficult it may hurt to strain ones eyes. The eye pain could be a result of the fibromyalgia.  Along with blurred vision, double vision is also common in patients with fibromyalgia.

Double vision can occur while one is trying to focus on one object. Another symptom of fibromyalgia is dry eyes.  When the eye muscles cannot properly function, the eye cannot properly lubricate itself.

Due to this the eyes become dry. Dry eyes can be a symptom of many things, but if you have fibromyalgia is mostly likely the syndrome causing the dry eyes.

Lastly, a patient with fibromyalgia may experience light sensitivity. When stepping out into the sun one’s eyes may hurt and they will feel the need to squint.

Treatment

Treatment for Fibromyalgia eye problems is mostly management of the disease. To cope with the dry eye it is recommended to use eye drops for dry eyes.

These drops can be used multiple times a day. Using these drops for an extended period of time will help reverse the dry eyes and let the patient live more comfortably.

If the patient suffers from light sensitivity sunglasses should be worn when going outside.

By wearing sunglasses it will help protect the eyes. The sunglasses will limit the amount of light that reaches the naked eye. For patients who are experiencing vision problems an eye doctor will be able to help with the vision problems.

A doctor could prescribe contacts or glasses for the patients. The glasses or contacts could be worn at all times, or just at certain times throughout the day.  In some cases the nerves are damaged enough that glass or contacts cannot be worn.

The nerves are too sensitive to touch the bridge of the nose or touch the eye to put in a contact. In these cases the patient may use a magnifying glass to read, or rely on others to help.

In other cases the patient may learn to use braille to help continue their daily life.  Patients could also use voice activated systems to help with daily life.

Blindness

In some extreme cases fibromyalgia can cause blindness in some patients. The nerves that lead to the eyes can sometimes become inflamed and cause the eyes to become blind.

In some cases it is partial blindness while in more extreme cases it is complete blindness. When the fibromyalgia affects these nerves it can sometimes be caught early and treated with steroids. In certain cases the steroids can stop the inflammation and prevent complete blindness.

Fibromyalgia can lead to a variety of problems in one’s eyes. When dealing with fibromyalgia it is important to stay in contact with your doctor to track the symptoms you may be experiencing.

Through keeping diligent with your symptoms you can manage it and avoid extremes such as blindness.

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  • My eye issue is someone different. Sometimes when I an looking around it feels like it takes my vision awhile to catch up to where I’m looking and then it’s like looking through a fish tank you can see but it’s just not right. I don’t know if anyone else has similar issues.

  • Sherry and Patricia, I feel like you also, and this is why I started doing a research by my self, because not Doctors knows why and reasons to I am feeling like that. I have old the sensations that you ladies have mentioned before.

  • I also have this fishtank problem, though it seemed to happen just after i had a cataract removed. Everything looks surreal especially when looking at large spaces. I find it improves when i put my distance glasses on, even though i am long sighted. Also seems better when i wear sunglasses.

  • I am experiencing similar problems with my left eye. I had cataract surgery, thinking that was the problem . It remains a problem for which my doctor says there is no evidence . This has been going on for years. Now three months after the cataract surgery and complicated tests , I am told nothing is wrong with my eye. No surgery yet on the cataracts in the other eye and no follow up until end of December. The poor vision is affecting all aspects of my life.

  • I am experiencing, double vision, blurred vision, lack of vision at night, which i believe to be in both eyes. I had an eye exam in January and the optometrist said i needed bi focals, which did not change my vision, it actuaully continued to get worse. Im going to check into lasik surgery as an option. Does anyone know anything about lasik?

  • I too ,on occasion, have a sharp bolt of pain in my eyes, extremely quick and short lived. I have a delay in my vision catching up with where my eye is looking. I have what I call. “phantom” images; an image over another image like a double exposure on a film. Never associated any of these symptoms with possible eye muscle or optic nerve damage. Certainly would like to research this association in depth.

  • I was told by my eye doctor years ago that I had fibromyalgia and converted this to my doctor during visits for pain she dismissed it and said they don’t know what their talking about…years went by the pain got worse. I was sent for cateract surgery and had one eye done in July and the other one done in September. I had complications and had laser on both eyes in November 18, 2014. Still seeing things blurry at times and having pain in my eyes. I have been off work because of my eyes. In December 2 I went to a rheumatologist and was diagnosed formally with fibromyalgia she said I have been living with a lot of pain. Finally know what’s happening in my body and have some of the answers I need to be able to understand and look for treatments for relief. I felt like I was just a chronic complainer as I was always in pain and telling people how sore I was ….no one understood especially my family doctor. It’s been 15 years of living like this and I really hope others don’t have to suffer that long before they get a diagnoses and know treatment options.

  • I had cataracts removed (I was 42 at the time) and had torric lenses put in to improve my distance vision. The fibromyalgia is worsening my vision a little more each day. I didn’t need glasses after the surgeries but now I need them for reading and will need them soon for my distance vision as well. Thanks for telling me that fibro does this. I couldn’t figure out why I was losing my vision! Now I know.

  • I’ve had FMS/CFIDS for 22 years. When I saw this article I wanted to sign up for the newsletter, I get quite a number of them. I tried four or five times but it said, “apologize can’t …..” Would you add me to your mailing list please?

  • Right now I’m going through quite a number of problems with my eyes. After 22 years of FMS/CFIDS, and now being 67 years old, I’m sure the cataracts are partially from age. I can’t have the cataracts removed until I clear up my dry eye, which is funny,because my eyes were running all the time. With the help of a eye doc for the past few months we continue to try to clear it up. Still not there yet. Now I’m using Refresh/Celluvisc, a thick eye drop which makes your vision blurry for a few minutes, I was told to use them every hour. A bit of an inconvenience but in six weeks I’ll hopefully be able to have nodules removed from my eyes, it’s called Salzman’s Degeneration. After six weeks healing on each eye, and if all goes well, I then can have the cataracts removed. Wheww! Never thought they’d be a problem.

  • I’m beginning to have strange eye problems … seeing double when i look at things after a few seconds. I had a branch vein retinopathy in 2005 and I and I still have problems trying to see around the “hole” in the center of my eye, which left me with a limited amount of depth perception. My eyes ache at times, which takes an ice pad to ease.

  • I also have the double vision and blurriness at time. I am also diabetic which adds another layer of issues related to my eyes. A few years ago I was diagnosed with Asteroid Hyalosis… floaters behind the lens so bright light affects me by making white wavy lines and now I am getting darkness in front. I saw the image of my eye and there are a lot of the orbs on there ? I am seeing my optometrist at the end mod the month. Hopefully it’s not a sign of things to come and or cataracts!

  • I have had fibromyalgia for years and am being treated with Gabapentin 2400 mg. a day. My pain is mostly in the balls of my feet and burning eyes. Any one have any ideas on how to help the pain?

  • Do any of you have probs opening your eyes i have to manually open my right eye in a morning thanks sue x

  • Fibromyalgia is not a progressive illness. It doesn’t cause any nerves to “degenerate” because it doesn’t have a direct effect on nerve cells. It has an imbalance of neurochemicals (produces too much substance ‘P’ in the brain) which heightens the perception of pain.
    If you have dry eyes you may be suffering from Sjogren’s Syndrome which can co-occur with fibro. If your eyes are stinging or stabbing it may just be the way your headache is manifesting. Your eye nerves are not deteriorating and you should not be concerned that fibromyalgia is going to cause blindness. You may want to check your symptoms with your doctor because it could be something else entirely.
    I think this was an inflammatory article designed to sell supplements. Fibromyalgia can’t be the root cause of all your actual, perceived or imaginary health problems.

  • I have fibromyalgia. X 10 years
    Yes, it effects your vision.
    I have had to get prescription readers. I am unable to read in the mornings. I noticed this when I started working in the mornings….

  • If fibro is not progressive , how come when I first started with it 40 yrs ago pain and attacks were milder ? Now the pain is intense and constant and effects the whole of my body .

  • I have fibromyalgia. My eye site has been fading in and out since October 2015, Doctors don’t think it is the fibro causing the problem. It gets blurry to were I can not read anything, not even big marquee signs and billboards on the highway. The blurriness is random sometimes just for minutes but most of the time for hours, occasionally all day. Been to primary care dr, Optometrist, Ophthalmologist. Neurologist. They don’t find anything wrong. Had Mri, Ct scan both of those where normal. ER Dr said he thought maybe silent migraines. But that would mean I am having them every single day. The blurry eyes coming and going is affecting my job because I cannot read the documents or computer or even my phone. It is really getting frustrating that no one can figure out what is causing the eye problems.

  • Figbromyalgia gets progressive in one respect-YOU are getting older so the affects and effects of aging layer over any past illnesses. And, please don’t fall down or get in an auto accident! Your non progressive fibro will kick in a level that will haunt you for years, and that is after treatments! Trust me it gets progressive!

  • I had complications from Lasik. I have chronic migraine. I have cervical disc problems. I have fibro. I have taken preventative medication for migraine – propranolol & botox. They have Helped to reduce the # and the severity but I still get headaches almost every day. Lyrica and flexeril also help with nerve issues. Some of the headaches start with eye pain. And the eye pain which feels like severe pulling of my eye muscles. Asked my Rheumatologist and she said my eye pain can e from fibro and blue light waves can affect it. So tinted glasses can help. I need tinted readers!. My eyes get dry & filmy at the saMe time!

  • fibro isnt progressive but there are many different stages, from mild to severe and you can go back and forth
    this is what i have learned from my studies on the illness

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