Blurry vision / trouble refocusing up close

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sandyfeet
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   Posted 5/9/2018 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I’ve been having a lot of trouble with my vision lately. Mostly it’s difficulty focusing my eyes and I notice it especially if I’m shopping or trying to see something on the computer that my kids are showing me.

I’m near sighted and I’m at that age / prescription level where I usually take my glasses off if I want to read. But lately I’m finding myself having to take my glasses off and get extremely close to things. It’s not all the time. I’m still fine reading a book at a normal distance it’s more related to making quicker adjustments.

It’s a fairly recent problem (just the last week or two) and I’m wondering if it’s just extreme fatigue or brain fog. I suppose it could be normal eye aging but it feels like it’s more of a neurological processing thing.

Anyone have something similar? Is it bart or lyme related? Please tell me it’s a short lived passing thing as I’m sure I’ll develop shoulder strain from all the hunching I’m doing getting up close to things lol.
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astroman
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   Posted 5/9/2018 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
As someone who is farsighted, I can add that up close focusing can be influenced by sleep quality.
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   Posted 5/9/2018 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Is it possible that you're needing reading glasses now? (depending on your age)

That can happen in your 40's. When I was 40 - I had friends the same age who needed them.
That seems early though.

I now need the lowest number reading glasses - but I needed them pre-lyme.
The strength of my reading glasses hasn't changed in the past few years...still just the lowest.
But, my husband has had to increase his...
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sandyfeet
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   Posted 5/9/2018 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Girlie - Yes, I’ve been on the cusp of needing reading glasses for a while so I’ll definitely make an appointment when I get a chance but it feels mostly like a lag in focusing if you know what I mean so all those this-one-or-that-one questions the optometrist poses will be tricky unless I ask her to go very slowly. Since I’m still fine with reading for long periods without glasses but not reacting well to changes in focal length I’m hoping it’s a passing symptom. Maybe I really am getting a lot less sleep than I think. I’ve become remarkable good at coping with that unfortunately.

The funny thing is that my distance vision actually improved at my last visit a year ago which is apparently not uncommon in your 40s. It declined rapidly in my 20s and stayed there.

Astro - Fatigue definitely affects things for me and I’m in a period where I’m rarely completing sleep cycles as far as I can tell from my fog/fatigue but this seems suddenly much stronger than any fatigue related vision issues I’ve had so far. I’m going to assume fatigue, see the optometrist when I can and hope the sleep and vision both get better soon. :l

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   Posted 5/9/2018 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
After a couple years working at a job where I’m on the computer all day I needed prescription glasses. (In my 40’s)

Then after a year away from the job (due to Lyme) - I didn’t need them anymore - the optometrist told me to throw them out.

Since I don’t have the constant eye strain - my full eyesight returned.

I didn’t realize that could happen.
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sandyfeet
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   Posted 5/9/2018 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
That’s wonderful Girlie! I used to be a programmer before I had kids ten years ago or so (which is maybe why I’m feeling all these memory and cognitive issues so keenly lol). I don’t know if the reduced eye strain is part of why my distance improved a while back but it’s apparently common in your 40s. I was on the verge of needing midrange glasses for computer work in my early 30s.

It’s nice to realize just how adaptable and resilient our bodies naturally are when we’re hoping for recovery from all these symptoms.
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   Posted 5/9/2018 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I started wearing reading glasses several years ago, but after my Lyme symptoms got worse I started having blurry and fluctuating vision both with reading and distance.

It comes and goes randomly like many other symptoms. I would go from having trouble seeing with reading glasses to not needing them at all. That's when I realized it was part of my symptoms and not just age related.

Bart does a lot to the eyes from what I've read.

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   Posted 5/9/2018 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I had vision issues caused by inflammation. Not sure if that might be what you're experiencing. Hope it goes away soon.
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sandyfeet
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   Posted 5/9/2018 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Walkingbyfaith and Dahlias - I am very much hoping this is just a symptom. Although I am equally willing to call it old age lol.

I still find it strange to be adding new symptoms when I feel like I’m entering the home stretch - I guess I’m being overly optimistic and there are more than a few layers to my onion yet.

Post Edited (sandyfeet) : 5/9/2018 3:02:23 PM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 5/9/2018 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Same here. Since lyme, I have flares where sometimes it's vision. Focus issues. I know it's lyme because it goes away.

With most things with lyme if it goes away or moves around then you know it's not a structural or functional issue, because if it was it wouldn't come and go and eventually get better it will just remain.

It's crazy all the inflammation the body may experience when lyme and co is in the picture.
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   Posted 5/9/2018 11:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes!! I believe its called convergence insufficiency.

Convergence Insufficiency (CI) is a common binocular (two-eyed) vision disorder in which the eyes do not work at near easily. An eye teaming problem in which the eyes have a strong tendency to drift outward when reading or doing close work (exophoria at near). If the eyes do drift out, the person is likely to have double vision.

Copied from:
http://www.convergenceinsufficiency.org

Lyme is known to be a cause.

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   Posted 5/10/2018 12:10 AM (GMT -6)   
my vision is constantly getting worse per total. i have days where it is better, but in general it's going down. i have just had my eyes checked a few days ago ...

it's inflammation from the disease, the eye is a sensitive organ so it gets damaged easily. eye and neurons are most sensitive.

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   Posted 5/10/2018 3:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks dacarte3, BrookieGirl and mpost!

It’s good to know this isn’t uncommon. And with a name of the condition I can do some more reading on it now. I find that for whatever reason I really dislike going to see the specialists (doctor, optometrist etc) if what I’m dealing with is just another symptom. I feel like I’m going to end up with an unnecessary or even counterproductive patch (like steroids for my joints) and I’m not in the mood to announce that I have lyme on entering the appointment - that never goes over well.
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