Optical neuritis and brake lights

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Jenny R.
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   Posted 1/16/2007 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering what ON is like?  I have noticed on a few occasions that while driving or riding at night, taillights on the cars look blurry.  Nothing else does though.  When I look at something else, its fine.  Could it be dry eyes from my contacts?  I have no eye pain, and nothing else, but the tail lights are blurried.  If I blink sometimes its fine.  Maybe I'm just blowing things out of whack, I dunno.  what do you think?

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   Posted 1/16/2007 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I have ON and I just wrote a pretty detailed description of what it has been like for me.  See Neurogurl's post about "I developed a new symptom" (or something like that).  My post is towards the bottom of that.  I don't know what mine is like in comparison to other people's though.  Maybe there are milder forms.
Hope that helps.

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   Posted 1/16/2007 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Jenny!

I'm not sure how ON 'looks' since i don't have it, but i can tell u about dry eyes. I have lots of probs with them and in fact have to use a special contact lens (wouldn't u know it, the most expensive ones!) because of my dry eyes. I have a lot of probs driving at night...tho i'm not sure that's directly related to dry eyes. I too can blink and make it better. However, i have the same issues during the day as well. Many things that shouldn't be blurry are and once i blink things get better. Not usually just fine...most times i have to use drops...but it helps. As far as i know and understand, the blurriness u'd expect with ON is usually centered in u'r field of vision and doesn't clear up when u blink. Also, it wouldn't only be at night. Could this be from being tired?? U'r eyes can play some funny tricks on u and it's often hard to determine what's really going on. Check out this link. Maybe it'll answer some of u'r questions. http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Sourcebook-Optic Neuritis.asp I hope this helps and u get some answers. It'd prob be a good idea to see u'r eye doc if this persists, but most likely isn't related to ON.
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   Posted 1/16/2007 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think your issue with brake lights has anything to do with optic neuritis. Do you have this problem primarily at night? Night vision problems can occur with age...even as early as 40 or so, our vision changes and night vision becomes a problem. (and I don't mean because of MS..but just because of aging...)
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

Jenny R.
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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 1/16/2007 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys.  I did forget to mention also that I don't have any vision problems while in the heat either.  I get migraines, and most people use ice on forehead, I have to use one of those bean bags you heat in the microwave to help mine, ice makes it worse.  I lay that across my eyes and forehead, and this doesn't affect my vision.  The tail lights don't get dimmer, or look pink or orange or anything, just a little blurred.  What kind of contacts do you wear Rhonda?  My eyes do get dried out alot after having them in a long time during the day.  Thanks!!!
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