Trip to neuro for blurry vision! OMG!

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   Posted 3/9/2010 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
So after mentioned to infectious disease dr. who is treating me that I can't get blurry vision to go away in eye after three weeks, he sends me to eye dr.  Eye dr. pretty much dismisses anything wrong but says since you have lyme we'll do visual field test to be sure.  Numerous major field defects so now takes me serious and sends me to neuro for mri to rule out neurolyme.  Really?  Why?  Only have had headaches, blurry vision, paranoia, rage, anxiety, stabbing pains, etc.  for 5 years?!  So today I go to neuro.  he wants to know why I am there if I have eye problem?? Good freaking question!  He says you on antibiotics for one year for lyme, you should be cured.  Am I cracking up or what?  Holds up fingers and of course I can see them, I didn't say I was blind, said it is hazy and feels as if water in my eye.  So after an hour of trying to figure out what wrong with me (CAN YOU SAY LYME?!) he says we will do MRI, EEG and virual field potential test to rule out brain tumor. I laughed all the way home.  There's nothing left to do. Luckily and I thank God I feel well enough to laugh and not cry.  I'll continue to fight and hope to god the test show nothing, but I'm pretty sure there's something causing my blurry vision cause i've done everything to get it to go away just like I tried to ignore everything else the past 5 years when the drs. told me I was nuts. I'll keep ya posted.mad

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   Posted 3/9/2010 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
We lymies have the darnedest stories to tell don't we? Glad you were able to laugh about it, but I know there's other days you'll probably crying about it, and if you're like me I'm sure you have days you feel like cursing your head off about it. mad

I've been dealing with eye blurriness off and on for several months. I've gone to the eye doctor three times because it was quite worrisome to me when this would happen. All three times the doctor would tell me that everything was fine, however, he said that I had some of the driest eyes he's ever tested. The way the doctor determines if you have dry eyes by taking these paper strips and stick them in the bottom of your eye lid for five minutes. It doesn't hurt at all by the way.

The test revealed that my eyes were extremely dry which surprised me because I didn't really feel that they were very dry. Anyway, the eye doctor suggested I take some eye drops called Refresh Plus Lubricant Eye Drops. He also suggested I purchase a gel for my eyes that comes in a tube. You're supposed to put this goop in the bottom part of your eye lids and sleep through the night with it. Sorry, I forgot the name of it but if you ask your pharmacist about it I'm sure he/she will be able to tell you what it is. I couldn't get used to doing that because I didn't like the feel of the goop in my eyes so I didn't continue with it. I do use the Refresh Plus Lubricant Eye Drops everyday (about three to four times daily), and have found them to refresh my eyes and it helps with the blurriness.

Here's something I copied and pasted off of a website that explains what the symptoms of dry eyes are:

* How do I know if I have dry eye syndrome?

--Common symptoms of dry eyes may include dryness, burning and stinging. A foreign body sensation, like sand being in the eye, is often encountered. Your vision can be blurred. Reflex tearing may actually be stimulated resulting in excessively watery eyes. Some patients may experience redness of their eyes. It is not uncommon for your eyes to lose their normal luster and clearness when looking in the mirror.--

So, if you have dry eyes this could very well be what's causing you to have eye blurriness. I notice, for me, the blurriness is worse in the mornings when I wake up. The first thing I do is put drops in my eyes. By the way, I get the ones in a box that have individual plastic packets because they don't have any preservatives in it. I think it's important to avoid preservatives as you never know what long term damage it could possibly cause.

Another thing that I've read about people with lyme disease, who have eye blurriness, is to drink Mangosteen Juice. I started drinking a couple ounces of it daily a couple of months ago and it does seem to be helping me with the eye blurriness. I still have eye blurriness from time to time, but nothing like it used to be. Not sure if it's the eye drops, the Mangosteen juice, or both that's helping me, regardless, I'm just glad I don't have eye blurriness as bad as I used to.

Maybe this is something that you and others who suffer with this could try and see if it helps you. Many people with lyme disease have eye blurriness, so it seems to be quite common among us lymies. I hope these ideas are helpful to you and to others who suffer with this.


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   Posted 3/9/2010 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks so much. I'll try anything. The eye dr did give me lubricant drops which didn't seem to help but I'm gonna give them another try and see what happens.
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