I’m wondering if what I’m experiencing is an MS thing or not, so would value any contributions / opinions.
The trouble is that when I look down for even just a few minutes, my vision clouds, particularly the left eye, my eyes want to close (often do) and then I’m useless, my brain switches off, and all I want to do is sleep. It’s only been happening for the last week or two.
The worst of all is reading and writing. So for instance, I was trying to do the crossword in the newspaper. It’s something I’ve done almost everyday for a good 15 years. I write with a pencil (so I can rub out my mistakes). I spent a few minutes doing the crossword, could barely see my (already shoddy) writing or make out what the letters were meant to be.
I can read something held vertically, or almost, with no problem. So I can read a book (Kindle Paperwhite) with no trouble and watch TV.
I tried to write this yesterday, lost the post halfway through and didn’t have the eyesight left to start again.
This only happens when I’m looking down, it’s almost impossible to write this amount, I’ve had to stop, look away for a good long time (some of the time with my eyes shut) and then pick it up again. And I’m a person who is normally able to write long posts and keep going for hours.
I had my eyes tested only in January. I was bothered that my left eye was getting more easily tired and I do have a choroidal nevus in that eye (often called a ‘freckle’ and almost always symptomless and non threatening). My eyesight hadn’t changed, in fact the optician thought my sight is actually slightly better in that eye. And the nevus hadn’t changed so it was a ‘thanks but we don’t need to see you again for 2 years’ situation.
So right now my left eye is so blurry, it slightly hurts. I haven’t been on here for a few days because of this problem. So any PMs that I’ve not answered, sorry - this is as much as I can do. Reading it over I’ve got my left eye shut with my thumb pressing on it.
I’d be interested if anyone else has had any similar experience, whether MS or not. Or if anyone has anything useful to help me out. (What happened to Dr Geoff? He probably would have known - sorry if you’re reading this Geoff and are aggrieved that no one asked where you were until your knowledge was needed. Your views have always been valuable, so you are missed!)
Many thanks. Now I’m going to shut my eyes!