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Eyesight problems caused by medication or conditions

Mar 19, 2016 3:15 AM

Been a while since I put up a post but wondered if anyone else has had a similar problem.
I had perfect, way above average eyesight three years ago but so much has happened in that time that my medication has increased enormously. Coupled with plenty of chest infections etc and lots of antibiotics and steroids it's surprising nothing else has happened!
Over the last year or so my eyesight has begun to be a problem. Little things like words or images going blurry when I look at them. So I saw an optician and now have glasses to help with those things as well as eye gel drops to counter the dry eyes. This has helped but, possibly due to a great deal of antibiotics and steroids this year, now my eyes are blurring even when my glasses are on! Since it was only a month ago I saw the optician, I'm reluctant to going back. I'm kinda hoping it'll ease up once I'm antibiotic and steroid free again. In the meantime focusing is causing real problems. I love to do the adult coloring books but am finding I can't always tell exactly where the lines are or, as right now, focusing on the letters is extremely difficult.
Does anyone else have sight issues because of their other conditions or medication? How do you deal with it?

Mar 19, 2016 7:06 AM

I know some medications can effect eye sight, check into the side effects on your medications because sometimes this can become permanent. www.drugs.com is a very good resource. I was on an anti-depressant that caused me to have blurry vision. I looked it up and found out that it could (very quickly even) become permanent if I kept taking it. I stopped taking it that very day. I also had some other very much unwanted sided effects. Like I went in to our local McDonald's and ordered a cheeseburger. For some reason I opened the cheeseburger to look at it, I never do this, there was a hair in it! A very long blonde hair... I had an instant rage attack, I came very, very close to throwing the cheeseburger at the manager because she didn't believe me until I opened the burger and pulled the hair off in front of her and the many other customers at the counter. I'm never violent, but I was that day. I will never again take that med.

Good luck!

Mar 19, 2016 10:16 AM

PJB, I don't know your age, but it seem like when it hit the age of forty, you earn the right of passage to terrible eyesight. I have done my homework and I have found that many of my friends said the same thing. I just thought I would tell you this just in case you have come to be around that age. Now I need bifocals.

Mar 19, 2016 4:23 PM

I actually just had my eyes tested in January and was told I needed glasses, my previous eye test was 2 years ago, as recommended and all was perfect, this time I was told I have astigmatism and needed glasses, I have to wear them for everything really. The Optician said it was a bit worrying that in two years my eyesight had gone from 20/20 to having astigmatism. But I can see clearly now, and the light doesn't make me squint. We went through all my medications, but he doesn't have the expertise to know long term effect of certain medications and whether they have an effect with our vision.

Mar 19, 2016 8:37 PM

JAHMAC, that sounds really weird to develop astigmatism after you have gotten older. I thought astigmatism is because you were eyes were a certain shape when you were born. I think that is right. I could be completely wrong. But I never heard of someone Who had perfect vision develop astigmatism. I hope nothing else changes. It is good you are monitoring your medication. Best wishes on no more changes to your vision and less pain.

Mar 20, 2016 1:55 PM

Have you been tested for sjogrens? Dry eyes,mouth, nose are symptoms. My sits is declining fast too. I'm seeing an opthalmologist soon. I'll be asking for a litmus test painless and easy. It will determine if I have sjogrens. The Opthalmologist can diagnose it.

Mar 20, 2016 7:13 PM

It's probably likely that it's genetic as it can appear in later life, there is no way of stopping yourself getting astigmatism, so it's likely that my parents and their family have a high level of eye conditions. I was adopted someone know some of my medical history

Mar 21, 2016 12:35 AM

Poor vision for me too. My vision declined more than it should have in a year per my eye doctor. Much stronger prescription for glasses than ever before. Said it could be my disease or my medication. On top of my glasses with progressive bifocals I carry a magnified glass around my neck.

Mar 21, 2016 4:49 AM

***so don't know some of my medical History!!***

Mar 21, 2016 11:19 AM

When I take my adhdmedication my vision becomes so blurred and obscured that by the end of the day I have to close one eye in order to see anything up close. I have astigmatism also but they cannot seem to find a rx that doesn't become out of focus by evening, it's like one eye becomes far sighted and the other becomes near sighted

Mar 21, 2016 12:54 PM

I've always worn glasses, so am not too concerned about changes. Until my prescription began to change every time I saw the optometrist. Thankfully, the VA handles my yearly test, and my new Medicare company also has vision included.

As far as getting glasses, my lenses have always run into several hundred dollars at brick and mortar stores. But I found a website blog called glassy eyes that had links to several different online glasses manufacturers. Right now I'm enjoying Zenni Optical. Cute frames, and I can get regular glasses plus sunglasses in my prescription for about $100. Sure, I have to wait 2 weeks, but I've waited longer for my VA glasses!
I'd need to ask my doc there if my meds or my age are causing some of the changes. I get corneal abrasions and dry eye from when I tried to wear contacts, so I get those lovely drops as well. Nice in allergy season, though.

Mar 24, 2016 12:47 PM

I'm 54 now, worn glasses since age 16, and have had astigmatism the whole time. I'm not all that knowledgeable on the what-how of it though, and most of my family has it. My youngest daughter has macular degeneration since age 15-16, and without glasses/contacts she is legally blind.

Over the last 13-14 years I've needed stronger glasses each year, and I went to bifocals in 2004, and trifocals in 2009. I was dx with Sjogrens last Spring and am checked every 6 mos by my eye doc, just recently in Feb. I had to call this morning and will be seen tomorrow due to sudden double vision/shadows. Small things, especially letters have a shadow of outline around them but I can't distinguish between where one side Nevins and the other end; like 2 "J" letters overlapping each other. I've been noticing my vision changes every 6 mos for the past 2 years but can't afford glasses but once a year. We pay double for the best insurance because one pair of glasses with trifocals can cost me $500-800. Anyway, over the past week I've noticed my vision hasn't been right. Then yesterday I realized it's like seeing two of everything, especially small things. My right eye is much worse than the left. I was able to remove my glasses for up close vision 3-4 months ago, but now it's much much worse. A doc I as under 4 yr ago said I may have cataracts. I've seen black speck floaters for years, but just this year I now see a few white/opaque donuts ("o" rings) that float around too.

Mar 24, 2016 6:03 PM

I was having horrible reactions to sunlight in my eyes actually making it so I could not open my eyes. Made it a little hard to drive! Come to find out I had scratches in my eyeballs from dry eye! They would heal up but just keep reoccurring. Also my vision had changed a lot too, concerning because it is bad to begin with. I had tried restasis and it did nothing for me so my doc said to treat it aggressively on my own. Hot soaks for eyes 10 min, 2x day to start, eyelid massage, icky ointment at night, a steroid drop, plus systane balance. It worked! Now I am down to the soaks, massage and ointment once a week or so, drops as needed (still lots!) and no steroid drops. Now have to go in for new glasses, going to be up to coke bottle size lenses soon!

Mar 25, 2016 6:41 AM

I finding my eye sight is getting worse. I do have astigmatism in one of my eyes. I was told the shape of the eye are usually round like a foot ball but one of mine is shaped like a rugby ball I have had it as long as I can remember I get bad blurred vision. I get flotations. rainbow rings. Black lines. And the one that is wired is at night in the dark when I close my eyes my eye lids light up its not any thing like looking at a light bald and you see it when you close your eyes . It just light. (wired right )

Mar 27, 2016 12:23 AM

It's incredible how many of us have sight problems and astigmatism. My daughter was found to have this just this year despite fairly regular checks throughout her life (she's now 18). She finds her new glasses very helpful. I find mine can give me a headache. The sunglasses are better and more helpful tbh (same prescription lense, just tinted). I can't stand bright daylight and fog hurts my eyes a great deal.
I also have astigmatism which means no contact lenses! Fine in one eye but on the affected eye, a normal lense is highly uncomfortable and unpleasant.

Mar 27, 2016 6:31 PM

Thankfully my double vision just meant I need my glasses changed! The opaque ring floaters are not anything to worry about doc said. PTL!

Mar 27, 2016 7:34 PM

Just for peace of mind go over all medications prescription and over the counter with your Pharmacist. There are numerous medications that can impair your vision, some can be permanent.

Mar 27, 2016 9:10 PM

You know this is so interesting for so many of us here to have poor eyesight, astigmatizm, dry eye etc. I have those problems as well. I can relate to the coke bottle lense remark. I've been thinking about posts from different people regarding dry eyes, dry mouth, dry nose, mouth sores & such. I go to see the ophthalmologist soon & maybe I should ask for that litmus test?? Just thinking of another new illness makes my poor dry eyes cross, but I do have all this stuff, too.

Mar 28, 2016 2:49 AM

PJB, magnifying glassesand well....get in touch with the blind association might be able to give you some lifestyle adaptions/adapters to help you......um where do live?

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