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Old 11-26-2003, 07:17 AM   #1
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blurred vision

Hiking Saturday, branch in eye, foggy and blurry. Foggy cleared up but not blurriness.

Went to eye doc. Tuesday (3 days later), claims to see no scratch. Proceeds to do other tests (eye pressure), states pressure in both eyes higher than normal, 24/25 range. Stated another test needed in two weeks for glaucoma and now taking lumigan to lower pressure.

It seems I have two separate problems. No diagnosis on blurry vision in right eye. Wondering if anyone experienced this and if a scratch that is not seen by eye doc. could take longer than three days to heal. Doc gave no meds or diagnosis for blurred vision, focused attention on eye pressure and did not say the two problems were related.

Any comments are appreciate!!

 
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Old 11-26-2003, 08:54 AM   #2
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Re: blurred vision

Hi,

First of all, welcome to the boards!

If you had a scratch in your eye, you would have pain. It would feel like there is something in there. It would be very red and maybe a little swollen. You would need an anti-biotic drop if that were the case. If you do have the sensation that something is in your eye, you could first try some preservative free artificial tears such as Bion Tears or Thera Tears to see if maybe that eye is just a little bit dry. (dryness can sometimes cause you to feel like something is in your eye.) If that doesn't work then you need to go back to the doc sooner than 2 weeks and insist that he/she does a more thorough exam. You also might want to seek out a corneal specialist if you are not happy with what this dr has to say. If you have a scratch that is directly in your field of vision, that could certainly blur your vision.

The blurred vision could also be directly related to the pressure. Sometimes when my pressure goes up I get blurry vision. Do you have any floaters or flashers?

Also, do you have any sort of discomfort, like a headache, when you move your eyes in either direction? It does seem a little bit odd to me that you would only have the blurred vision in one eye. I would say to wait a few days for the Lumigan to work, and go from there. Also, ask the doc for a visual field test. That will pick up on any changes in the optic nerve that the doc did not see during the exam. It is a real pain in the neck to do, but if there is anything wrong with your optic nerve (i.e. optic neuritis) this test will pick up on it.

Good luck and please keep me updated,

Elyse

 
Old 11-26-2003, 12:32 PM   #3
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Re: blurred vision

Thanks and we're glad to be on board. What a great site.

Your comments are very helpful. It seems that the eye doc discovered the pressure because of the scratch (which she claims she saw no scratch.) Have you ever heard of a scratch or abrasion that the doctor cannot see and perhaps is taking a little while longer than the norm to heal?

I'm glad you mentioned that the blurred vision could be from the pressure and it does seem odd that it's only one eye. There was pain on Saturday when I hurt my eye but it did go away and only the blurry in one eye remained.

I will continued with Lumigan. It has made my eyes red and somewhat itchy. Is that normal? Do you have any comments on the drops?

The doc. told me that the pressure was one point higher in the eye that isn't blurry so it all seems to make no sense. I am scheduled for the test you mentioned on 12/15 to see what's going on. I've had no problems to mention with my eyes until Sat when the branch hit and now other problems are uncovered. Maybe that's a good thing to get to the bottom of it.

I have some minor floaters that a doctor about 10 years ago told me to just "accept" with no major problems noted and I did have a regular eye exam about a year ago with no major problems noted.

Again, thanks for your very helpful comments and look forward to more information.

 
Old 11-26-2003, 07:19 PM   #4
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Re: blurred vision

I hope I am not asking a stupid question, but is the blurred vision in the same eye that you got the branch in?

It is of course, possible that the branch did not scratch your eye at all. I would think that any ophthalmologist who is worth anything would notice a scratch on your cornea. I have had both an abrasion and an ulcer (an ulcer is a deeper, infected scratch that takes a very long time to heal) and my ophthalmologist noticed both right away. Every time I have had a corneal problem he has found it. He has had to go "fishing" quite a few times to get an eyelash out of my eye, but he has always found and corrected the problem. Do you feel like there is anything in your eye? If you do, but she doesn't see a scratch, it is possible that there is actually something in there that she couldn't see. It could be up under your eyelid. Did the dr flip your eyelid and look under it? It is uncomfortable but sometimes necessary. I am no dr, but from my knowledge an abrasion would not cause vision problems unless it was directly in your field of vision. Both times that I had an injured cornea (abrasion and ulcer), neither was in my field of vision, so I had terrible eye pain but no vision problems other than extreme light sensitivity.

The Lumigan could be causing an allergic reaction. You said that it is making your eyes red and itchy, right? Definitely call the dr immediately if that is the case. You might be allergic to the active ingredient, in which case there are many many other anti-glaucoma drops out there for you to try. Or, since Lumigan has a preservative in it, you could be allergic to that like I am. When I need a prescription drop I try to get it made preservative free from Leiter's Pharmacy in San Jose, California.

Back to the blurred vision. Once again, I am not a doctor. But it seems to me that if the blurred vision were from the pressure being too high, it would be in both eyes. That's why I ask if the blurred vision is in the same eye that was hit with the branch. If that is the case, then it could just be a coincidence that the pressure is high too. The blurred vision could have something to do with an injury. Or you could have an underl;ing problem, which the visual field test will detect.


Now I have to ask this...... if you are having this problem now, why do you have to wait almost 3 weeks to get the visual field test done? I went to my dr last week because I was having new occurances of flashers and floaters, and he insisted that I get the visual field test right there on the spot. It is not something that the dr has to do. It can be done by a technician. The dr just has to read it. If I were you I would call back and tell them that you are very concerned and would like to get the test done sooner. Obviously it won't be done this weekend because it is thanksgiving, but why not early next week?

Also, if your pressure is high I would think that the dr would want to check it after a week or two of being on the Lumigan to see if it is coming down. Mine never lets me go more than 2 weeks without seeing him if I am having an episode of high pressure.

The blurred vision in one eye really concerns me. If it was in both eyes then I would attribute it to the high pressure. But being that it is in one eye (the eye with the lower pressure!) it really doesn't sound right. Do you have any headache type pain when you move your eye from one direction to another? (left to right, up to down)You need to get that visual field test done to see what is wrong. I would not be happy about having to wait so long. If you have blurred vision in only one eye along with a headache type pain upon moving the eye, it could be something called Optic Neuritis. That is an inflammation of the optic nerve. Ask your dr about that if the blurred vision doesn't go away within a few days of starting the Lumigan.

Anyway, I will try to answer whatever questions I can for you, from my limited knowledge. Unfortunately I'm not a doctor. But sometimes the best advice can come from a fellow patient.

Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!

Elyse

Last edited by purple2067; 11-26-2003 at 07:24 PM.

 
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