Fibromyalgia is a chronic, debilitating disease that causes intense muscle pain and fatigue as well as many other symptoms and its origin and treatment are still unknown.
Among the symptoms that usually appear in patients with fibromyalgia are eye and visual problems of a different nature.
Fibromyalgia affects the nervous system and therefore can affect vision. It can make the eyes become sensitive to light and can cause dry eyes, blurred vision and even blindness.
Sensitivity to light
Sometimes people who suffer from fibromyalgia become overly sensitive to different light sources. For example, some may find it impossible to work under the glare of fluorescent lights or can not stand watching a bright television or computer screen. Some even find it impossible to watch live sports in a brightly lit field. Or they are unable to go out into the sunlight without wearing glasses to protect their eyes.
Fibromyalgia sufferers may find that their eyes are dry with the discomfort this entails and that they can no longer wear contact lenses because the lenses cause pain and discomfort. This sensitivity is often caused by Sicca syndrome, a closely related autoimmune syndrome that results in dry eyes as well as dryness in the mouth and nose.
Some patients who suffer from fibromyalgia can not tolerate the use of glasses because the weight of these on the nose causes discomfort in the sensory nerves of the face and the pain can radiate to the ears, teeth and nose.
In some cases fibromyalgia can cause the eyes to produce a thick liquid that becomes a thick layer that impedes vision and may make some activities such as night driving dangerous.
Double vision or blurred vision are very common in people who have fibromyalgia and these symptoms are often linked to other symptoms such as dizziness and postural vertigo.
In some patients with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia arteritis can be reached, an inflammation of one or both temporal arteries that without rapid treatment with high doses of steroids can spread to the optic nerve and cause partial or complete blindness in the affected eye.