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Old 05-09-2007, 05:04 PM   #1
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Glaucoma from TMJ? My Eye hurts

OMG Im freaked...i went to the eye doc yesterday and he said I have a small bucket in the back of my right eye. Thats the side where my jaw and facial spasms are REALLY bad and my eye never feels like it will open properly OMG can I lose my eye sight? someone help Im scared. Is this a side effect? Can bone shifting put so much pressure on the eye this happens?

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Old 05-09-2007, 05:30 PM   #2
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Re: Glaucoma from TMJ? My Eye hurts

What did the eye dr say about it in terms of what it is, what caused it, what danger it poses, how it is treatment? Maybe you should go see an eye specialist before you totally freak out. I've never heard of a "bucket" behind the eye - like a gap? What's supposed to be there?

About a year before my tmj started I started getting fuzzy vision and blurriness, inability to focus, etc but since I had lasik surgery a few yrs earlier I thought it was related to that - but the dr couldn't find anything wrong. When the tmj spasms started and the eye pain, my dr sent me to a eye specialist - I thought I had glucoma as well, but he said all was fine but did see evidence of cranial pressure - so I am sure its possible. Right now my head shape is really whacked out - I have one ear protruding and further forward than the other - so imagine what such changes can do in terms of affecting your eyes.

I know you're worried - I would be too, but many of us are here for you.

Do you need a laugh - my whole body has become twisted by this horrible condition and today my left hand curled up and then suddenly started to spin as if I was turning a jump rope - although I am kind of used of weird things going on (my eyes squint a lot, mouth pulls left, etc) I was in a bank at the time and got plenty of strange stares. LOL.

Have you ever been to a chiro that specializes in cranial disorders - I am heading to one my tmj dr referred me to in a few weeks.

Old 05-10-2007, 11:49 PM   #3
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Re: Glaucoma from TMJ? My Eye hurts

What do you mean by "small bucket"?? Did he actually say the word "glaucoma"??

My neurologist said I am at high risk for glaucoma...she could tell by looking at the nerve in my eye. But that has absolutely nothing to do with TMJ. Honestly...NOTHING to do with TMJ disorder. Where did you get the idea that this is glaucoma? Even if it was, when it's caught early, most people do not get serious problems. But again, I'm reiterating that this has nothing to do with TMJ. If you are concerned, make sure to see an opthalmologist, not an optometrist. The opthalmologist is a medical doctor trained in eye problems...the optometrist is also very knowledgeable, but for complex problems, you are better off seeing the MD.

Old 05-12-2007, 02:40 AM   #4
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Re: Glaucoma from TMJ? My Eye hurts

Well the right side of my face is the side that is so to speak smooshed down a little, the muscles on the right side of my face are so spasmed all the time no matter what splints shots meds, PT I do even botox didnt do that much. Anyway he said my bones could have shifted as to put more pressure on my eye and that could be scary

Old 05-12-2007, 10:45 PM   #5
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Re: Glaucoma from TMJ? My Eye hurts

oh that does sound scary, me I'm having alot of problems too, I wish there were more people that have been through this and can be a better help eh.

Old 05-17-2007, 10:06 PM   #6
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Your bones could have shifted to put pressure on the eye? hmm...the bones of the face don't typically move...

It sounds like you are having a lot of muscle spasms...and, even if the bones of your face DID move and cause pressure...that is pressure from OUTSIDE THE EYE. That is not the same as "intraocular pressure" (pressure from within the eye). Increased intraocular pressure would be something to worry about (i.e. it could be a sign of glaucoma), but that is not what you are describing. What you are describing has nothing to do with glaucoma.

If you are concerned, see an opthalmologist.

Have you tried Topamax, by the way? It is an excellent medication for me so far...helping a lot with the pain of TMJ...even the wretched pain around and behind the eye!!!

Old 05-26-2007, 09:09 PM   #7
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Re: Glaucoma from TMJ? My Eye hurts

When my TMJ flares up, I get sharp pain in the right eye socket. This is the same side that I hear/feel popping in my jaw. I've had very thorough eye exams and they came back normal. I believe the nerves in the jaw joint spread out to the eye area. Sometimes I feel like the movement of my right eyeball is slower on that side compared to my left eye.

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