Eye exam problems

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   Posted 2/1/2007 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   

I went to my opthalmologist appointment today about the problems I've been having with my eyes.  I didn't find out a lot about what's going on with those problems except that my eyes are very dry from my meds, but other things were very revealing.

When the doctor dilated my eyes to view my retinas, they were very slow to dilate.  The assistant came in, put the drops in, then the doctor checked on me about ten minutes later.  Very little dilation.  So more drops, and another wait of about ten minutes.  A bit of dilation, but still not enough.  Another ten minute wait, and they were finally dilated enough for the doctor to visualize my retinas.  He said he usually sees slow dilation in 70- to 80-year-old patients when the muscles of the iris loose their elasticity and don't work as well.  He thinks my problem is caused by whatever is going on with me neurologically, and he said that he feels that the nerve signals which should be telling the muscles to contract aren't getting there or are very slow. 

Also, when he checked my eyes, he found changes in my lenses.  He said normally around 60, you may find cataracts forming, but at my age these kinds of changes are usually seen with people with muscular dystrophy or some other type of muscle disorder. 

He's sending a letter to my PCP and my neurologist.  Hopefully it will be another piece of the puzzle and they can figure out what is going on.  As I told my husband when we left the doctor's office today - at least this appointment and the one with the ear doctor helps validates the fact that there is something going on with my nervous system and that I'm NOT making all this up!  Now if they can just figure out what the problem is...

Has anyone else ever had anything like this?

Lisa ~
Living in Limboland!
Negative MRIs + Negative LP + Positive symptoms = A lot of confusion + A ton of frustration!

Post Edited (Shashi) : 2/1/2007 1:24:25 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/1/2007 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lisa,
I'm sorry you are left with more questions but I'm so glad the optho has some imput into all this.  I pray for you that the answers are just around the corner!  I'm sorry I don't have anything to tell you about those eye issues.
You know they say the eyes are windows to our souls, I guess they are finally seeing what makes you tick!  Let us know what you find out!
Michelle ><>
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Happiness is not a destination but a day-to-day journey..

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