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Vision problems are prevalent among people with MS. They can be an early sign of the disease and are often what motivates people to seek medical treatment. “The symptom that made me pay attention enough to go to the doctor was my vision change,” a MyMSTeam member wrote.
Vision problems can be the result of inflammation of the optic nerve, a condition known as optic neuritis. Symptoms of optic neuritis include eye pain, blind spots, blurry or grayed vision, and difficulty moving the eyes. Vision problems may also involve diplopia (double vision) or nystagmus, a condition that causes repetitive or uncontrolled eye movements.
Just like other MS symptoms, everyone experiences vision problems a little differently. One MyMSTeam member wrote, “It's like living in a black and white TV show. My eye also twitches like crazy.”
“My vision goes really dark to really bright, which gives me a headache,” another member commented.
A third member shared, “I feel like I have two eyes that are not working together. It is making sight look like it is not real, like a cartoon or drawing.”
Some eye problems resolve on their own. For those that don’t, steroid therapy, eye patches, or specialized lenses can help treat or mitigate the problem.
On MyMSTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with multiple sclerosis, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Vision problems are one of the most discussed topics.
Here are some conversations about vision problems:
Here are some question-and-answer threads about vision problems:
Have you experienced vision problems related to MS? Share your experiences in the comments below or directly on MyMSTeam.
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