Multiple sclerosis can affect your visual acuity in several ways. Problems with your sight can be an early symptom of MS, and then multiple sclerosis may cause amblyopia, the inability to see clearly with one eye. Finally, MS can lead to problems with your balance and coordination.
MS affects the central nervous system (CNS), the largest part of the brain. This means vision plays an important role in a wide range of physical and mental functions.
Orthodox medical experts believe pressure within the head causes symptoms, and glasses and glasses form a barrier to that pressure.
There are two schools of thought on how this theory came about:
- The theory for the pressure causing the symptoms theory is supported by studies that show pressure within the skull causes symptoms unique to the individual.
- The other theory, for how glasses and/or a reverse diagnosis of other conditions cause vision problems for the individual, is not backed by any solid research.
Optic neuritis is a common complication of MS. You may experience attacks of dry eye, inflammation, and redness in your eyes.
Often, you will have few or no symptoms. Occasionally, you will suffer from increasing fatigue or weakness.
There is no way to avoid optic neuritis, and the best way to manage it is to prevent it. Taking a few extra hours of sleep each night, staying hydrated, and eating something that will slow the progress of optic neuritis is a good start.
You may see improvement after avoiding stress, reducing stress hormones, including cortisone, and reducing the amount of time spent awake.
One should discontinue medications that can worsen your optic neuritis or cause unusual projection of light. You may also want to get tested for glaucoma.
Loss of Visual Acuity
If you wear glasses, make sure you always wear them. It may be best if you prevent loss of vision by buying ever-worn, prescription lenses.
If you haven’t worn your prescription glasses often enough, consider purchasing prescription lenses through an eye care professional. This may help reduce your monthly eustachian tube pressure, should it occur.
We know that being tired all the time is a daily struggle for many, regardless of their occupation or level of education.
I was a heavy drinker and smoking woman in her 30s, for both of these factors, I developed symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome (ME). I had developed extremely low muscle tone and poor balance for years. In addition, my eating habits were out of balance. Many of you reading this will know the symptoms of ME/CFS.
My biggest secret? I was uneducated about what exertion actually felt like. I believed that my digestive system was working properly, and drinking enough water and eating intuitively was all I needed.
Your vision may worsen after an MS episode or relapse, or of an infection, an injury or trauma. This loss of visual acuity will be very noticeable.
Being diagnosed with MS does not automatically mean that you will lose your visual acuity. There are medications and therapies that can improve your vision. Please speak with your doctor if you have any visual problems, especially if your vision is getting worse.
Optic neuritis (COVID-19 related)
If you have any type of infection, think maybe you may have COVID-19. Even if you get vaccinated, you may still get illness which will worsen your symptoms.
Scleroderma is the most common form of chronic renal disease. Although rare, it can affect your kidneys, joints, eyes and skin.
Disorders of the central nervous system (CNS) can affect the visual system, the brain and spinal cord… and can cause visual problems. This is why it is important to speak with your doctor about any vision problems you or your family members have.
Your doctor may suggest one or more of the following tests to evaluate your vision and even diagnoses:
- Other Possible Problems Related to Vision and MS
- If you have any of the above vision problems… please speak with your doctor as soon as possible.
These compications may not occur until many years after being diagnosed. Some vision loss in your early years of life may be explained by simple reasons like glaucoma. However, many people can develop visual problems during their lifetime as a result of their condition.
As the symptoms of MS progress and the disease continues to attack your mind and central nervous system, your ability to learn and remember can also be affected. Memory problems, even slight problems, are very disruptive and can hinder your daily life.
I’m lucky. I had no visual, learning or memory problems as a child. However, I was diagnosed with MS at the age of 18. This was a big, life-changing experience that has led to vision loss and the loss of learning and memory.
How to Avoid Visual Problems
Visual changes may occur as a result of a delayed onset of symptoms, the disease modifying the extent and speed of visual changes. As you age, it can be harder to maintain healthy eyesight.
To avoid visual problems, it’s clearly important to maintain good daily eye health. Fortunately, there are many natural ways to prevent these problems and improve your eyesight.
Making sure you drink sufficient amounts of water, taking vitamin supplements and sun exposure will help to ensure that your eyes stay well. As well as vitamin A, folic acid and foods high in antioxidants are also essential during a time when people are struggling to maintain a healthy diet.
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