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    Old 12-17-2003, 05:39 PM   #1
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    I Have Been Having Some Other Medical Problems Lately And Have Been Going For A Bunch Of Tests (for Multiple Sclerosis) (i Also Have Hypertension And Am Taking 2 Meds.). So Far Everything Is Negative. But I Have Been Having Some Very Bad Pain In My Eyes. Kind Of Like An Aching, Straining Feeling When I Move Them, My Vision Is Also Very Blurry, I Feel Like I Am Wearing Someone Else's Glasses! This In Turn Has Been Giving Me Bad Headaches. I Have A Hard Time On The Computer And Can't Stay On It Very Long And I Can Barely Read A Magazine. I Went To My Optometrist Today And He Said My Perscription Is Perfect (this Was My 3rd Visit In 6 Months). He Referred Me To A Neuro-ophthalmologist, For A Full Neuro-eye Exam. My Eyes Are In Pain And I Can't See! Does Anyone Have Any Input? I'm Only 26 And Have 2 Little Girls And It's Driving Me Crazy!

     
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    Old 12-17-2003, 06:13 PM   #2
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    Re: blurred vision, eye pain

    You may have "dry eyes". Have you tried using eye drops to keep moistened?
    Dry eyes will also cause blurring and pain.

     
    Old 12-17-2003, 08:04 PM   #3
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    You may have "dry eyes". Have you tried using eye drops to keep moistened?
    Dry eyes will also cause blurring and pain.
    MY EYES DON'T EVER FEEL DRY. I WEAR CONTACTS ALSO AND I USE SALINE DROPS. ACTUALLY SOMETIMES THEY WATER AND BURN. WOULD DRY EYES CAUSE PAIN BEHIND MY EYES? IT FEELS LIKE THEY STRAINED. IT'S KIND OF HARD TO EXPLAIN. EVEN AFTER I USE DROPS THEY'RE STILL BLURRY, I CAN'T SEEM TO FOCUS.

     
    Old 12-18-2003, 06:46 PM   #4
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    Re: blurred vision, eye pain

    Yes, dry eyes can cause symptoms you mention. The pain you describe can baso be due to dry eyes. I had the same symptoms and diagnosis was dry eyes.

     
    Old 12-18-2003, 08:45 PM   #5
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    Re: blurred vision, eye pain

    could be optic neuritis symptoms which is probably why your doctor is ref. you to a neuro-ophth and also to be evaluated for ms. best of luck to you.

     
    Old 12-18-2003, 08:59 PM   #6
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    could be optic neuritis symptoms which is probably why your doctor is ref. you to a neuro-ophth and also to be evaluated for ms. best of luck to you.
    thanks for everyone's input. this is really bothering me, i feel like i can't see!

     
    Old 12-19-2003, 02:48 PM   #7
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    I'm going through something similiar. Muscle tension and fatigue can cause that (there are 6 muscles that enable the globe to move), weakness, congestion...High blood pressure can affect the eyes that way too. Believe it or not, eye dryness can do a number. Try preservative free eye drops for a week or so 2-3 times a day and see if anything changes. I go through periods of blur and double especially at night. Bright lights bother my eyes so I adjust the lighting (monitor, tv, low watt lighting, soft light and I avoid if able flouresent lighting, sunglasses etc) to a comfortable level. Feel Better, G

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    Old 12-22-2003, 10:57 AM   #8
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    I'm going through something similiar. Muscle tension and fatigue can cause that (there are 6 muscles that enable the globe to move), weakness, congestion...High blood pressure can affect the eyes that way too. Believe it or not, eye dryness can do a number. Try preservative free eye drops for a week or so 2-3 times a day and see if anything changes. I go through periods of blur and double especially at night. Bright lights bother my eyes so I adjust the lighting (monitor, tv, low watt lighting, soft light and I avoid if able flouresent lighting, sunglasses etc) to a comfortable level. Feel Better, G
    THANKS FOR ALL THE INPUT. I SAW THE OPHTHTALMOLOGIST THIS MORNING AND I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH VERY DRY EYES AS WELL AS SOME TYPE OF CLOGGED DUCTS. THEY GAVE ME SOME ANTIBIOTIC OINTMENT AND SOME OTHER SUGGESTIONS. HE ALSO SAID THAT IF I CONTINUE TO HAVE PROBLEMS THAT IT IS NEUROLOGICAL, BECAUSE MY EYES LOOK FINE. THANKS AGAIN AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

     
    Old 12-26-2003, 09:22 PM   #9
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    Re: blurred vision, eye pain

    Jen - I share your story in some ways. It took my eye dr to keep on my eyes for about a year or so and I now have the diagnosis of glaucoma. I feel at times like vaseline has been rubbed on my eyes and at times get shooting pain behind the eyeball itself. Have muscle probs and once a dr thought MS (not confirmed) BUT my eye dr (specializes in eye disease) said once my pressures were up so he did the visual field test - that was ok. Next time the pressure was ok and the field test was not...finally it took a visit when both were off that he gave me drops for glaucoma. BIG DIFF. I wonder had my 2nd visit shown the good pressure, he never would have persued to the field test. I had to keep going back every 3 mos until it was determined the problem. So don't let it go long - my eye dr was concerned. I have BP meds and now sugar prob but none seem to affect the eyes. GOOD LUCK. GET ANSWERS.
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    Re: blurred vision, eye pain

    Hi there,
    I was reading what your ophthalmologist said and I am a little confused. He/she said that you have very bad dry eyes, but then said that if you have any future symptoms it has to be neurological because your eyes are fine. Right? How could your eyes be fine if you were just told that they are dry? Dry eyes can certainly cause pain and vision problems. If your eyes are dry, they are not fine. Please continue to follow up with this if your eyes continue to bother you.

    Good luck,
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    Old 01-08-2004, 11:57 AM   #11
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    Re: blurred vision, eye pain

    Hi Jen--

    I've been catching up on the posts. Been out due to flare-ups. But, anyway, with your diagnosis of MS, you are susceptible to Optic problems, particularly Optic Neuritis. When you see the neuro-ophthalmologist, ask the specialist what color is your optic nerve, if it is inflammed, etc. With patients who have MS, it can appear pale. If you get this, you will definitely have symptoms--flashes of light and lowered vision--and you need immediate treatment from the neuro-ophthal as it can cause permanent vision loss. So just an FYI.

    Take care!

     
    Old 01-08-2004, 01:48 PM   #12
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    You definitely have dry eyes. I have exactly the same symptoms you have now. Dry eyes are really annonying but there are many researches going on and little things you can do to relieve your symptoms.

     
    Old 01-12-2004, 07:28 PM   #13
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    Hi there,
    I have very recently been diagnosed with MS. I had mild Optic Neuritis in March/April of '03. Unless it gets to be very severe, there is nothing they can do for it. And even then, the only treatment is to put you in the hospital on IV steroids. They're not going to want to put you in the hospital on steroids if it isn't a very severe case. My eye dr told me that the only patients who he ever hospitalized for it were people who had it so bad that all they could see was black in front of their eye(s). Mine fortunately went away on its own. Optic Neuritis is a very big symptom of MS. It's what made my doctors start looking at my brain. If you do have Optic Neuritis, your ophthalmologist should send you for an MRI of the brain, which also looks at the optic nerves. Patients with even mild O.N. need to be monitored very closely by an ophthalmologist until all of their symptoms subside.

     
    Old 01-13-2004, 07:29 AM   #14
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    Re: blurred vision, eye pain

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    I Have Been Having Some Other Medical Problems Lately And Have Been Going For A Bunch Of Tests (for Multiple Sclerosis) (i Also Have Hypertension And Am Taking 2 Meds.). So Far Everything Is Negative. But I Have Been Having Some Very Bad Pain In My Eyes. Kind Of Like An Aching, Straining Feeling When I Move Them, My Vision Is Also Very Blurry, I Feel Like I Am Wearing Someone Else's Glasses! This In Turn Has Been Giving Me Bad Headaches. I Have A Hard Time On The Computer And Can't Stay On It Very Long And I Can Barely Read A Magazine. I Went To My Optometrist Today And He Said My Perscription Is Perfect (this Was My 3rd Visit In 6 Months). He Referred Me To A Neuro-ophthalmologist, For A Full Neuro-eye Exam. My Eyes Are In Pain And I Can't See! Does Anyone Have Any Input? I'm Only 26 And Have 2 Little Girls And It's Driving Me Crazy!
    [FONT=Palatino Linotype] Hi Jen

    I'm new here and read your post from December as it sounded just like me!! I've had pain behind my right eye, plus headaches, facial tingling right side... Plus other symptoms, since June 2003. Also been tested (brain scan and lumbar puncture) for MS, which they've now eliminated. Investigations under way now for other autoimmune diseases - lupus and sarcoidosis amongst others. Eye pain has settled down, but have the feeling my right eye is taking a back seat, letting left do all the work. Also have vision problems - not blurred, but unsteady. Things appear to shift very slightly, or it'll seem as if the surface of what I'm looking at is full of moving particles. (Not floaters, which I've also had before, but a kind of shimmery vibration.)

    I do hope you've some answers by now and that you're feeling better. I don't really have advice, as I'm dealing with the unknown myself too, but thought you might like to hear from someone with similar symptoms. It can be hard, I find, when you have a whole bunch of symptoms, some of which are quite subtle or subjective, and nothing visibly wrong. People say things like 'well you look fine to me' and the self doubt creeps in.... Trust your instincts and take care.

     
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