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cured4real?
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   Posted 6/10/2007 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi--
Everytime I go to the eye doc, and I've been to a few, I have trouble when I have to switch eyes, it takes me a really long long time to refocus.  I've been having more and more trouble focusing and the docs keep saying its floaters and it's not.  I don't know what it is, but its not.  I have some haloing from PRk surgery but this is different and it's getting so bad that I can't focus out in the sun without sunglasses.  It's almost like a dilation problem or something.  Could be the meds?  What does Plaq do to your eyes?
Love, Marji
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Leta
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   Posted 6/10/2007 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi cured,

I would see an Opthalmologist instead of an optometrist because they are M.D.'s. Also I would maybe then go see a NeuroOpthalmologist since the brain and eyes are their specialties. I hope this helps answer your question. If you have CNS lupus the Opthalmologist would be a good start. Good luck.

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mom46
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   Posted 6/10/2007 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Marji,
  I have alot of problems with my eyes focusing and the sun or any bright light makes it worse. My Opthamologist attributes my vision problems to Sjogren's. I hope you find out whats going on and get some relief. Take care and update us when you can.
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cured4real?
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   Posted 6/10/2007 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Leta and Babs--
Yeah, my doc always says it's the sjogrens but I'm not so sure how the inflammation in my lacrimal glands (from sjogrens) could be effecting the focusing of my eyes. They always say its floaters or dry eyes, but it's not. It's more the feeling of when you get your eyes dialated and you go out into bright light, but it comes and goes. Thanks alot Leta, I didn't know that there was such a thing as a neuroOpthamologist. I see an MD, an eye surgeon, but he doesn't seem to know much about Sjogrens and doesn't take the eye problems very seriously in my presence, doesn't let me know what's going on and gets mad that my rheumie talks to me about my eyes. He said my rheumie tells me too much, like that I'm in a higher risk group for lymphoma.
Love, Marji
--Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.--Voltaire (1694-1778)
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Klonopin, Soma, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol,steroid injections, Protopic & Triamcinolone Acetonide ointments


dbab
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   Posted 6/11/2007 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Marji,

Most rheumy docs will have a good opthamologist in mind. They usually will have one in mind that knows about Sjogren's so you may start there. I have bad problems with my eyes and bright lights or sun light. I think that I am the only one on the road at 6am with my sunglasses on in the car. I know people are looking at me funny but otherwise I'm squinting barely able to see and my focus is off too. My sunglasses allow my eyes to relax. I think any strain on your eyes would make your vision worse. If you can't find any good eye doc, you could probably call the Sjogren's Foundation and ask for a referral. Hope you can get some relief soon.

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