How many of you with ME/CFS find that you have a lot of vision problems? I tend to have many episodes where my vision is very blurry. I also find that my eyes water really bad. My eyes will burn, itch and water profusely as if I am crying hard.
Last year I went for an eye exam but the eye doctor could not give me glasses because my vision was literally changing from second to second. She said that I had an astigmatism and that with my vision changing so quickly glasses wouldn’t do any good.
Not only do I have blurry vision and extremely watery eyes, I also see spots a lot of times, or what looks like little dots of light. The eye doctor told me that I should consider myself lucky to have really watery eyes because my eyes won’t dry out when I go through menopause. Apparently dry eyes is a common symptom among menopausal women according to her. If she saw just how watery they get I don’t think she would be telling me that.
I know that vision problems are a symptom of ME/CFS and I was reading on the Chronic Fatigue Treatments blog that “CFS may affect the occular system”.
Here is how the American Optometric Association defines astigmatism:
Astigmatism is a vision condition that causes blurred vision due either to the irregular shape of the cornea, the clear front cover of the eye, or sometimes the curvature of the lens inside the eye. An irregular shaped cornea or lens prevents light from focusing properly on the retina, the light sensitive surface at the back of the eye. As a result, vision becomes blurred at any distance.
Astigmatism is a very common vision condition. Most people have some degree of astigmatism. Slight amounts of astigmatism usually don’t affect vision and don’t require treatment. However, larger amounts cause distorted or blurred vision, eye discomfort and headaches.
Any other ME/CFS patients out there with vision problems and very watery eyes?