Blurred or Double Vision and Fibromyalgia Syndrome
Fibromyalgia syndrome is a disorder that causes abnormal sensitivity to touch and pain, along with muscle stiffness and chronic tiredness. People with fibromyalgia syndrome can find that it also causes a range of problems with eyesight.
With any sudden changes in vision, it is important to see an optician or doctor as soon as possible.
Blurred or Double VisionThe visual symptoms of fibromyalgia syndrome include double vision or blurred vision. This may be because the muscles around the eye have gone into spasm, pulling the two eyes in different directions. Even if this is only slight, it can be enough to make sight blurred or double.
What Helps With Blurred or Double Vision?Some people can find that eye exercises will stretch the muscles around the eye. Having a number of different pairs of glasses with different prescriptions may help.
Light SensitivityPeople with fibromyalgia syndrome may also find that their eyes are sensitive to touch and to light. They may find fluorescent lights and computer screens too bright, and direct sunlight can be uncomfortable or even painful.
What Helps With Light Sensitivity?Avoiding fluorescent lights or bright lights (if possible can help) – otherwise, try tinted glasses or sunglasses, which can be worn both indoors and out. Foods rich in beta-carotene, such as carrots and leafy green vegetables, might help.
Dry EyesAnother of the eye symptoms in fibromyalgia syndrome can be dry or gritty-feeling eyes, especially first thing in the morning. This is known as ‘sicca syndrome’.
What Helps With Dry Eyes?Avoiding wearing contact lenses for long periods may help, especially in dry and air-conditioned environments. Keeping away from smoky environments is also a good idea, and that is a lot easier now the smoking ban is in place.
Doctors can prescribe ‘artificial tears’, which help to keep the eyes moist and make them more comfortable. Humidifiers (or just dishes of water next to radiators) can make the air less dry.