Can Fibromyalgia Affect Your Eyes?

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Can Fibromyalgia affect your eyes? 

Sadly, yes, it can. But that doesn’t mean that it will.

I didn’t think it affected my eyes until I started researching for this post. Now I’m not so sure.

In this post, I’ll be discussing how Fibromyalgia can affect your eyes and possible treatments for eye-related symptoms caused by Fibromyalgia. 

If you think Fibromyalgia has affected your eyes, see an optician because I’m not offering medical advice.

Does Fibromyalgia Affect Your Eyes?

Fibromyalgia can affect your eyes in several ways. 

One of the most common eye-related fibro problems is dry eyes, which can cause discomfort and make it difficult to wear contact lenses. 

Fibromyalgia can also cause light sensitivity, making it hard to be in bright environments, such as outdoors on sunny days or in rooms with bright lights. 

This is where I need clarification because my optician pointed out I have huge pupils making me sensitive to light.

Additionally, some people with Fibromyalgia experience blurry vision or floaters, making it difficult to read or see details.

Funny enough, I’ve had blurry vision, which I put down to diabetes and floaters, which I assumed were eye migraines. I never considered it could be Fibromyalgia causing the problem.

Fibromyalgia can also cause changes in the nerves and muscles that control eye movement. This can cause double vision or difficulty moving the eyes in specific directions.

It’s important to note that not all people with Fibromyalgia experience eye-related symptoms.

If you are experiencing eye or sight problems, you must consult an optician to rule out other underlying conditions and find the best treatment plan.

Treatment for Eye Related Symptoms Caused by Fibromyalgia

Several treatments can help manage eye-related symptoms caused by Fibromyalgia, including:

Medication: 

Several different types of medication can be used to manage the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. 

Some of these medications may have side effects that can affect the eyes, such as drowsiness or dry eyes, so it’s important to talk to your optician about the potential side effects of any medication you’re taking.

Artificial tears: 

Using artificial tears can help to lubricate your eyes and reduce dryness but speak to your optician first.

Sunglasses: 

Wearing sunglasses can help to reduce light sensitivity and protect your eyes from UV rays.

Eye patches: 

Applying an eye patch can help to reduce double vision and other problems with eye movement.

How Vision-Related Symptoms Can Affect Daily Activities.

Vision-related symptoms caused by Fibromyalgia can significantly affect daily activities in a variety of ways, including:

Difficulty with self-care tasks: 

Light sensitivity can make it hard to look after your personal care, and dry eyes can make it hard to wear contact lenses.

Difficulty with reading or watching TV: 

Blurred vision can make it hard to read or watch television.

Difficulty with driving: 

Blurred vision, light sensitivity, and other vision-related symptoms can make driving hard.

Difficulty with outdoor activities: 

Light sensitivity makes it hard to go outside on sunny days, limiting outdoor activities and hobbies.

Difficulty with working: 

Vision problems can make it hard to perform tasks requiring visual attention to detail, making it hard to work in specific jobs.

Difficulty with leisure activities: 

Vision-related symptoms make participating in sports, hobbies, and social events hard.

Difficulty with maintaining social relationships: 

Vision-related symptoms can make it hard to maintain social relationships, as it can be hard to participate in social events or even have conversations.

It’s Important to Seek Support for Vision Problems Caused by Fibromyalgia.

You should seek support and get treatment for Fibromyalgia related eye problems for several reasons:

Managing your symptoms: 

As we know, Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that can’t be cured, but you can manage your symptoms. 

Improving your vision: 

Eye problems caused by Fibromyalgia can significantly affect your daily activities and overall quality of life. 

Always seek treatment and get help managing your symptoms. Early treatment can help you improve your eyesight and improve your work and social life. 

What Did We Learn – Can Fibromyalgia Affect Your Eyes?

Yes, Fibromyalgia can impact your eyes and vision. 

Dry eyes, light sensitivity, blurred vision and other vision-related symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia can make it challenging to do things like reading, driving, working and socialising. 

Several treatments are available that can help manage symptoms and improve vision-related symptoms. 

You should speak to your doctor or optician to determine the best course of treatment if you are worried about your eyes.

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