How Badly Fibromyalgia Can Affect Your Eyesight
Fibromyalgia is an autoimmune condition that causes chronic mental and physical problems, including fatigue, pain, and even psychological distress.
Research shows that over 6 million people in the United States alone are affected by this condition.
According to NFA, or National Fibromyalgia Association, symptoms of fibromyalgia can also include disturbances in sleep, sensitive skin, headaches, dizziness and impairments in coordination, dry eyes, and problems with vision- even potentially leading to blindness.
The effects that fibromyalgia have on the eyes can severely impact an individual’s ability to perform daily activities, such as driving- especially at night.
Also, detailed work, such as sewing can be affected because fibromyalgia can cause an individual to have blurry or double vision.
What Could Happen to the Eyes of a Fibromyalgia Patient?
First of all, let’s start off by listing what can possibly happen to the eyes of an individual with fibromyalgia. In general, these are:
- Dry eyes
- Tearing up of the eyes
- Blurry/Double vision
- Sensitivity to light/touch
- Problems focusing
- General eye pain
- Eye pain when moving the eyes
- Floaters/Flashing lights
- Distorted vision
- Transitioning from looking at something near vs. far
- Macular degeneration
- Frequently changing glasses prescription
- Problems wearing contacts