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Eye Problems Related To Parkinson's

Eye Problems Related To Parkinson's

I have been experiencing eye problems the last few days. I think they might be floaters. I've never had them before. I have had cataract surgery some years ago. I looked up floaters online and saw that they can happen sometimes after a cataract surgery. I also wonder if they could be related to Parkinson's. Has anyone had this problem?

A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

I have had a floater develop in each eye since diagnosed 10/2017. Also acquired dry eyes, I’m supposed to use moisturizing eye drops every day. My optician says my vision has not changed the last 2 years but my dry eyes are causing my eyelids to drag over my eyes. This is what’s causing my perceived vision problem.

posted 16 days ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

My sincere thanks to all those who sent me helpful suggestions for dealing with my eye floaters. I think I may have found a solution and will let you know the results. I did want to repost something very important I had mentioned previously on MPT.

Many Parkinson's patients and some neurologists are unaware that taking carbidopa levodopa can be is dangerous for those with narrow angle glaucoma. The good news is that narrow angle glaucoma can be surgically corrected. Then it is safe to take to take carbidopa levodopa. I had narrow angle glaucoma and was cured by surgery before I started taking the carbidopa-levodopa. If I had not known about this problem, I might have had serious eye problems by now. I have an unknown PD patient who lives in Florida to thank for giving me this info that may have saved my sight.

posted 5 months ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

There is a medical specialty called neuro-opthomology who may be able to do something, or at least give an answer, but they are few and far between. I know there's one associated with Mich State University, but he's the only one I know of. My floaters started before cataracts and mostly disappeared after surgery, but the eye doctors said they go with aging eyes. The eye problem which can accompany PD, is not being able to keep the eyes open. Not that you're sleeping necessary, though you very well may doze off, but as your muscles weaken, it may affect eye muscles.
Teresa

posted 5 months ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Thank you for asking a question about PD and vision.
I just read an article titled ' we need greater awareness of vision issues in Parkinson's' in the June 30, 2021 Parkinson's News Today. The article indicates people with PD have more vision problems than the general population. This article also states that those with PD may have eye movement or blinking problems as well as dry eyes, blurred vision, inability to sense individual colors or contrast, and/or visual hallucinations.
I often see things in my peripheral vision that aren't there. It's disconcerting but somewhat comforting to know PD may be the culprit.
Maria

posted 5 months ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Thanks to everybody who responded to this post! Interesting stuff here.

I was diagnosed in 2013, and just the last few months have started having eye problems. What shows up for me is the following:

- double vision -- the muscles that coordinate eye movements aren't able to do that very well anymore, so the images partially overlap instead. What's normal is for the differences between the two images, when combined, to give us depth perception (ala a Viewmaster viewer, remember those?).

- Depth perception issues, especially when my meds ar low; everything is clear, but looks flat. I can't tell how far away things are, which makes it hard to pick up things like my pill bottle to get my next dose, to fix it! Ha! I can deal with that -- just grope until I feel the thing I'm aiming at -- but I don't much like how weird and sort of disorienting it is. Without being able to gauge the spatial dimensions of the room, it doesn't feel as familiar even tho I recognize everything in the room and know exactly where I am.

But I can still make those 3-pointer shots in the trash can with my dental flossers! (Sometimes it takes me a few tries, but getting up and down to retrieve them is a little built-in exercise! Hee hee!)

-- slight macular degeneration in my left eye, which the eye doc attributed to age more than anything else. She recommended a supplement combination shown by research to slow or prevent this, but when I compared the doses in the combo with my daily multi-vitamin, I realized taking both would put me over quite a bit on several nutrients, but taking just the targeted supplements would leave me lacking on a lot of others. I decided to stick with my multi-vitamin. Interesting, when I had a follow-up eye exam later, there was no mention of what she had spotted before, so who knows. I go back for another follow-up next week, when I'll ask her point blank what she sees going on with that. Sometimes with doctors that's the only way to get a straight answer.

-- I've had cataracts developing for several years, but they are apparently doing so very slowly; I spent my career staring into a computer monitor, a source of UV (we know now), so I'm not too surprised (for the last decade or so that I worked, however, I did get a UV-blocking coating put on my glasses) and I can't honestly say I connect it with the PD. But of course I could be wrong; I didn't know to connect the two, years ago when it started before I had been diagnosed with PD. So maybe they ARE related.

Well, sorry for the book-length post, but I figure TMI (too much information) is better than too little. You never know when something you say in passing might be exactly what somebody else finds helpful.

Best wishes to everybody and I hope you are all staying well or recovering quickly. :-)

posted 4 days ago
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