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   Posted 2/12/2010 12:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Since this lupus thing is still so new to me, I'm not sure what is fibro or lupus. I have been having a problem reading books...anything novels, magazines, anything that has to do with left to right eye movement. I can enlarge the text on the computer but even if I'm reading an article on the computer I can be there an hour trying to read and comprehend what I've read. I know it's me because my husband will come in and read it in a few minutes. Does any one else have that problem? I've mentioned it to the eye doctor who said that I have developed prism in my vision possibly from weak eye muscles. And you know when you have to look at the two horizontal lines and line them up when getting new eye glasses. No can do. It wasn't this way before. Is this a lupus symptom? I know I have brain fog and walk around in a haze a lot but I sure miss reading a good novel! Helena
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   Posted 2/12/2010 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I can't remember today whether weak muscles are a straight-out lupus symptom or a side-effect of a medication -- but whichever I sure have a lot of weak muscles!

I would definitely ask about it at your next rheumy visit.

Hope it clears up soon, I couldn't read for a while when my concentration went to -100% and it's a terrible thing to loose for sure.
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   Posted 2/12/2010 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
about 13 years ago I began having the same symptoms you describe. Double vision is a major pain in the neck, but I found a good ophalmologist who added prisms to my eyeglass prescriptions, and as long as I get regular eye exams (which we need to be doing anyway if we're taking plaquenil) and new prescriptions as my double vision worsens, I'm fine.

I did, however, also go through the same problem with reading that you describe, even though I could see perfectly with my glasses on. My eye doctor recommended that I purchase a Kindle, which I did. Within the first week I was able to read three books. It was like a miracle for me. I can't explain it, except that since I enlarge the font quite a bit, there is little on the page to distract me.

I think that my difficulty with reading was not related to my double vision, or weak eye muscles, but rather, as Lynnwood describes, it was because of lack of concentration. Or perhaps brain fog.

I hope you'll see a good opthalmologist, and preferably a neuro-opthalmologist and get a new script for your glasses.

BTW, I use a MacBook, and with a touch of my fingers, I can enlarge the print, like you can with an iphone, and that also helps me a lot.
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   Posted 2/16/2010 3:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had problems with my eyes during flares and this last flare has been the worst with blurry vision. With the brain fog i get during flares i make more spelling mistakes, forget things and have difficult to read as well. I went in for an eye exam and was sent for an OTC test now waiting for results.

I hope things get better so you can enjoy a good book.

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