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eye pain and blurred vision

Hi, is there anyone who could explain better about blurred vision and eye pain as a symptom please, I no everybodys different with symptoms but if I explain mine then someone maybe able to give me an idea as to wether I should see someone, I only have sight in my right eye as I caught an infection in my left many years ago and it scarred my vision very badly, but for the last 3 weeks I am finding it very difficult to read and focus as my vision goes blurry but only for a few seconds then it happens again over and over but lasting a few seconds, I’ve got glasses to use when reading but it makes no difference at all, I’ve also been experiencing sharp pin prick pains in my right eye every so often and dull ache at the back of my eye, its quite worrying as I only have vision in one eye , I explained to my neuro about this and he asked me if the letters on some paper he showed me was blurry but at that point it wasent, he did have the nurse check my eyes though and although the vision in my left eye is badly damaged when I tryed to focus with it I saw double , lastyear I saw eye specialist who said somthing about the blood flow at the back of my eyes but me being me dident take it in and forgot what she said (brain fog):frowning: is this a possible symptom of ms? Thanks tracy x

Hi Tracy,

A condition called optic neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve) is very common with MS, and often causes symptoms similar to those you describe.

Steroids are sometimes prescribed for this, and given that you have no vision in the other eye, yours would probably be a strong case. However, they only work to calm the inflammation more quickly, and hopefully shorten the duration of the attack. They don’t change the long-term prospects.

Optic neuritis usually does get better eventually, even without steroids, but recovery may not be perfect.

Tina

You really need to see an ophthalmologist to get it properly checked out. There are a lot of different things involved in vision and any one of them going wrong can result in different symptoms depending on how badly and where they go wrong. For example, blurred vision may be due to weak muscles, dry eyes, optic neuritis, a refractive problem, etc. And within that there are lots of causes of each of these things. In other words - it’s complicated!

Please ask your GP for a referral to ophthalmology - and maybe get them to write down whatever they find so you know for sure what they say? (I never remember either and often do this!)

Karen x

Thankyou tina, il make an appointment at the opticians or see gp as I am quite worried about this x

Thanks rizzo il make a gp appointment in the morning x

My husband has uveitis this also affects the eyes it is autoimmune and we were told only 1% uveitis is linked with ms he has lost central vision in both eyes for over 2 yrs and uses peripheral vision.He is registered as partially sighted and is waiting for a guide dog.The opthalmologists at hospital were stumped as why his uveitis seemed under control but he still could not see.Now i think they think optic neuritis is the main reason.We do not think after 2 years the vision will return and have faced the worse.Waiting to get him medication and see ms neurologist to say what level they think he is at.He has alot of double vision in remaining sight and we fear he is going blind. x julie

[quote=“rizzo”]

You really need to see an ophthalmologist to get it properly checked out. There are a lot of different things involved in vision and any one of them going wrong can result in different symptoms depending on how badly and where they go wrong. For example, blurred vision may be due to weak muscles, dry eyes, optic neuritis, a refractive problem, etc. And within that there are lots of causes of each of these things. In other words - it’s complicated!

Please ask your GP for a referral to ophthalmology - and maybe get them to write down whatever they find so you know for sure what they say? (I never remember either and often do this!)

Karen x

[/quote] I AGREE YOU NEED TO SEE AN OPTHALMOLOGIST ESPECIALLY AS I KNOW WHATS HAPPERNED TO MY HUSBANDS SIGHT