Hi camama, I had typed in a response to your post earlier, but it apparently didn't go through.
I am nearsighted, but have been having difficulty reading up close for about 3 years now. I'm 38, so my problems also started at 35. I went to an opthamologist on Friday because of the plaquenil my rheumy just started me on, and I remember being very excited that the magazines in the waiting room were all in large print! I thought to myself, jeez, I must be getting old to get so excited about that :)
Correct me if I'm wrong, but you are currently taking plaquenil, aren't you? If this is a recent problem, be sure to follow up with your opthamologist (if you haven't already) just to rule out any effects the plaquenil may have caused.
Don't know about the brain fog thing, but I can certainly empathize with you as I've had issues with that in the past. It appears that I'm much sharper and on top of things since I've been on the enbrel, so perhaps my brain fog thing related more to fatigue than anything else. Keep an eye on it, and make sure you talk to you rheumy about it.
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: Early Lupus/MCTD; Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan