Need help and advice

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Angela Arnold, Sep 24, 2003.

  1. I am a 38 year old female and have been having some unusual changes
    going on in my eye sight for some time now, but it has gotten worse
    I was dx'd at 13 years old with severe nearsightedness and rx'd
    Over the following 15 years there was only minimal worsening of my
    eyesight. Then my eyesight starting getting rapidly worse. I now am
    legally blind with the sight in my left eye rated at CF >1 foot and my
    right eye rated at CF >3 feet. I now have almost no depth perception,
    problems telling colors apart, almost no periphial vision and multiple
    blind spots in my central vision. I am also now photophobic. I have
    had numerous tests and no cause has been found.
    Lately I have had other physical symptoms; such rapid weight gain on a
    very calorie limited diet, severe headaches that even come on in my
    sleep and wake me up, which pain medication doesn't relieve, extreme
    fatigue, and many more.
    My last bloodwork came back with some abnormalities; elevated calcium,
    sodium, chloride, glucose, wbc, extremely elevated total cholesterol
    and ldl and low tsh. My last ct and mri were normal, but they were
    over 2 years ago. And my last lumbar puncture was normal.
    Have you experienced or seen a case similar to mine -- and found a
    cause or SOLUTION? If you have insight, please share it!
    Angela Arnold, Sep 24, 2003
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  2. I've been dx'd with pre-diabetes and have had it for quite some time
    now. My glucose usually stays in the high normals to low highs range,
    but is not high enough to warrant a dx of diabetes yet.
    All of the vision symptoms started when I was in my late 20's/early
    All of the doctors I've seen could not find a reason for the vision
    I'm curious if a pituitary or thyroid problem may be to blame.
    Angela Arnold, Sep 25, 2003
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  3. Angela Arnold

    drfrank21 Guest

    Are you saying that your bva (best corrected vision with emphasis on
    correction- NOT unaided vision) is counting fingers?
    I'm sorry, but if your aided vision is indeed counting fingers then
    there has to be some pathology that is causing it (ie from
    degenerative myopic changes to macular pathology etc). There has to
    be a diagnosis for this. I assume that you've also have had a
    refraction to rule out any refractive changes .

    I assume that you're under the care of an opthalmologist although in your
    post you didn't state when the last visit was. You only mentioned that
    you had some blood tests done.

    Your case is much too serious and complex to be discussed in this type
    of forum. My only advice is for you to talk to your eye care provider about
    your diagnosis and what treatment options, if any, can be done.

    drfrank21, Sep 25, 2003
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