Friday, November 6, 2015

Fibro Friday and Fibro's Effect on Eyesight

Have you noticed the little black box in the left-hand column that says Fibro Blogger Directory? This blog is a great resource for links to blog posts about fibromyalgia. The blog hosts a link party every Friday where bloggers can post links to their fibro posts from the previous week, or so.

(On a side note, I asked several times at other blogs what a link, or linky, or linkie, party is. No one responded, so I had to figure it out for myself. Let me share the answer if you also do not know. Different websites host these parties once a week - days vary from site to site - where other bloggers can post the link(s) to their blog posts they think that particular audience would be interested in. Part of posting is to read at least a few of the other posters blogs and, perhaps, add a comment to acknowledge you have read said blog posts.)

Fibro Blogger Directory calls its link party "Fibro Friday." I think it is a catchy phrase, like "Throwback Thursday," so I will post my fibromyalgia, and other chronic conditions I am dealing with, posts on Fridays going forward.

The Effect of Fibromyalgia on Eyesight

My eyes
I did not realize, in the early years of my diagnosis, that fibromyalgia would have an effect on my eyesight. In the last few years, things have changed rapidly, too. 

I received my first eyeglasses on my 18th birthday. I only needed them for driving and going to the movies. Over the years to age 44, the prescription hardly changed at all. I had gotten separate prescription sunglasses, though, and these have darkened through the years. (FYI: those are dark circles from lack of sleep, not tinted lenses.)

At 44, the trombone arms did not slide out far enough, and I had to move into bifocals. I could not buy "cheaters," as I have astigmatisms. Still, though, I did not need glasses most of the time. 

At 47, I went to college. At age 49, I went into trifocals to save the damage I was doing to my lenses. I needed the distance for the board, and the bottom for reading, but I would take them off when working on my computer or talking to people; they often ended up on the floor, which caused the lenses to scratch. So, I went into trifocals so my glasses could stay on my face.

Each time I was getting my eyes tested during the last few years, my prescription would change, as would the need to use them. On cloudy days, I no longer needed to wear my glasses, but my depth perception has changed. 

I might be the one who does not pull into traffic as quickly as you would like, because I am not always clear as to how fast the gap is closing - better safe than sorry. Maybe other drivers do not notice, but I used to be able to make left-hand turns with ease. Previously praised for my parallel parking abilities, I find myself backing in, pulling forward, backing up, pulling forward several times to get the car into the proper parking position. I love it when I can pull directly into a spot.

I have gone back to bifocals, because I am not in a position where I need my glasses for most of the day. I do find, however, that the words on the television screen are blurry when I look up from my laptop. They are clear before I start working on the computer, so it is definitely the looking back and forth that is affecting them.

Last spring, when I had my eyes tested, I asked my optometrist why my eyes are changing so rapidly, and she said it is the fibro. On an unhappy note, I was diagnosed with the beginning of a cataract in my right eye at age 55; on a happy note, my vision will be better in that eye when the cataract gets removed.

So, if you have fibromyalgia and have seen (no pun intended) rapid changes with your eyesight, add this to the list of the many symptoms of the chronic illness we share. 

Enjoy!

-Amelia

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