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Old 09-08-2012, 08:19 AM   #1
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Double blurred vision, ongoing problem!

I have had problems with both my eyes for 6 months now.

My eyes constantly water, they ache and feel strained, at times they have appeared infected.

I've been given various oitments, drops and eye creams. I have seen a GP several times and have spoken to three pharmastists.

First i was told it was an allergy or perhaps hayfever, then it went on to being told it was a general infection, thirdly i was treated for conjuctivitis and soon after eye olcers (as it was the only eye treatment left the GP could prescribe to see if there was any improvement.) None of these treatments cleared up my eyes, at all. Some appeared to be making my eyes worse. I also tried various items from over the counter at my local pharmacy.

The past few weeks, my eye sight has become screwed. I am 20 years old and have never had any eye problems, there is no history of eye problems within my family either, i have never worn glasses or contact lenses - my sight has always been immaculate.

My vision is now doubled, when i focus on something especially - for example when speaking to someone, they will appear to have four eyes rather than two. I have difficulty walking down steps as i cannot judge the distance nor can i see where the next step is. I cannot see from distance, if i look at a person i can see a smear which is their face, however i can not make out their eyes or even tell what they look like to be honest. When reading, again the words double and blurr over.

Although i had problems with my eyes for months, my vision wasnt affected it was just a massive burden having eyes that cried all day. Sometimes my eyes would be real angry and read, however that doesnt seem to happen anymore.

My GP took swabs from my eyes 2 weeks ago and sent them off to work out what kind of infection i had, when he swabbed my eye there was what appeared as gunk on the swab - the swabs came back stating there was nothing in my eyes and they werent infected at all.

So i went to the opticians to have my eyes tested. My vision was clearly dodgy. They took a photograph of the back of my eye (Sorry i dont remember the technical name for the test!) all was fine looking at the photos.

The optician said he couldnt diagnose what the issue was, again he checked for infections and the test come up negative. He did say the top of my eyeballs were dry, but didnt seem to fussed about it. Although i dont know how they can be dry when they water often..

After the tests, i was prescribed some glasses with a tint (my eyes are worse in sunlight) and he has refered me to the hospital to try and work out what the problem is.

He said nothing is wrong with my actual eyes, i have glasses just to try and help my vision until the hospital can sort the issue, he thinks there is something behind my eyes which is perhaps having a spasm, which is affecting my pupils. Unfortunetly the glasses dont help a lot, i still have poor vision when wearing them.

Has anyone ever experienced anything like this before? My GP is rather baffled.

I am very worried about my sight, although they have been an issue for 6 months, the lack of vision has been very sudden and it is hard to deal with. I am also worried as i have no idea whats behind my eyes.

I am waiting to receive a letter with my appointment, however im not sure how much longer i can wait and may visit my GP again this week to try and put it forward.

I occasionally have headaches, but my eyes constantly feel strained and achey.

Does anyone know what it could be? What can i expect to happen at the hospital when i see a specialist? I've never really had to go to hospital before, and would like to know what to expect.

Any information or ideas are highly appreciated!

Thanks xx

 
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Old 09-08-2012, 04:44 PM   #2
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Re: Double blurred vision, ongoing problem!

Hi missemii

I know your healthcare system works differently than where I am located, here in the US. But if you can at all please see an Opthamologist, not an optician or regular MD, or if necessary ask to be referred if that's how it works there. An Opthamologist can get your care going in the right direction.

This problem is something that can seem to improve on its own but is not something to ignore. You may have an underlying health problem yet to be discovered, and some problems need discovered and treated ASAP. For instance, if you have Giant cell arteritis you need steroids immediately.

Some diseases make the extraocular muscles behind the eye malfunction from underlying nerve damage. You may have Sjogren's syndrome, Grave's disease, thyroid imbalance, Astigmatism, Multiple Sclerosis, a brain tumor, head trauma or have had a stroke. Don't let the doctors ignore these possibilities. They need to be checked out.

Of course we hope those things are not the issue, but ignoring this can allow the brain to suppress symptoms, leaving you with a deteriorating health condition.

Please make an appointment with an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. The sooner you get treatment the better are your chances of seeing clearly again.

Let us know how you are doing and what you find out.

Last edited by jillian4; 09-08-2012 at 04:46 PM.

 
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