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01/08/2010 05:38 PM

Bright Lights... kill my eyes...

SandraR2002
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When I am tired my eyes just kill me... the bright lights even make my eyes hurt until I cannot keep them open. Does anyone else have this? Is it part of RA? (or is it just me???)

I have had this problem for about 4 years now...

I especially can't take fluorescent lighting. The other day I was in the office and I could hardly stand it.

Anyone else??? Is this RA?...

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01/08/2010 05:41 PM
ArizonaJnz
 
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Bright lights bother me too, but I am not sure if it is from RA or not. I never asked the doctor. I mean it doesn't bother me "that" much to warrant talking to the doc about it. I have always been sensitive to bright light. I could never go out without sunglasses and now my eyeglasses are the Transition type that turn dark automatically.

I do take Plaquenil for my RA and you have to have your eyes checked frequently while taking that. I do about every 9 months or so because the "P" can cause a detached retina. YIKES, huh?

Let's see what the others write you back in reference to this light situation.

Take care! ~Charlotte


01/08/2010 07:15 PM
Kruzie
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The only time my eyes bother me with light is when I have a terrible headache or when my eyes are extremely dry. I've had dry eyes for about a year now and have eye drops prescribed to me for this. As for headaches when I brought it up to my doctor at my last annual visit they didn't pay any attention to me, even though I said that they had been going on for about a month. Maybe now with RA they'll listen.

01/08/2010 07:44 PM
cella
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Yes, I have had a problem with eyes....when I am at work there are days that my eyes are dry and the lights hurt my eyes and make me want to close my eyes...I have had this problem

only after my diagnosis of RA...I do believe it is part of the RA....Today, I actually had a problem with my eyes ....by the end of work today...it was terrible...to the point of not being able to read print without my eyes hurting from the lights. I have been using eye drops, but they are not helping resolve my problem. I am going to ask my rheumy doc if there is anything else I can do to help alleviate this problem, also I will bring this to the attention of my eye doctor

When I read your post, it sounded like me..I will let you know what I find out from the doctor...I too would like to know how to help this condition...


01/08/2010 07:49 PM
bearlie
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YES!!! I used to work in an office wearing my sunglasses. I got some funny looks but i didn't care - it was either that or get a migraine. Sometimes i got one anyway. Now, (i'm retired) i have more trouble with the whole eye socket aching. It seems related to eye dryness, air blowing at my eyes and other things. I do have congenital cataracs dead center in both eyes (i'm slightly cross-eyed so i can see) so that is also a contributor to my light sensitivity but RA (or sjogrens) has definitely made it MUCH worse. I didn't wear regular glasses before but do now - they are slightly tented and the lens keeps air flow out (somewhat) and all that helps.

01/09/2010 03:50 AM
gettingoldsucks
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Yes, yes, and yes.

I worked at a desk, under huge lights and as the symptons progressed, the lights made me sick to my stomach with headaches, eyepain, and just general flulike symptons. I would shut off half the lights, put on sunglasses, and just try to make it thru the days. More then once i was accused of being hungover (everyday for months on end? Idiots), told to act normal or else. I loved finally bringing in the DX's and Fmla papers. I love even more not having to be around those people now. I am somewhat better away from the lights and work but still use the glasses in my house when the eyes flare.

Laura, I agree on the air making it worse or triggering one. Recently I've taken to...wearing my swim goggles outside....just for that reason. LOL...I look crazy but want to see if it helps and have only worn them around the yard. This was me getting down the lawn xmas lights outside....thermals, ski pants, ski boots, 2 pair of gloves, heat packs in boots and gloves, heavy coat, full face mask, large purple hat, the hood on coat pulled up, scarf around face and my swim googles. 20 min to put it all on and 10 minutes outside before the raynauds and muscle attacks. Then back in the house, took it all off, warm up for 2 hours, then do it all again. Nothing matched..lol..I hope my neighbors were never watching.

Anyway, I do believe my headaches and eyepain are AI caused so does my Neuro. It's vascular. Even protecting the eyes and nose from cold air isn't enough.


01/09/2010 06:47 AM
bearlie
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Donna,

LOL, sweetie, that does sound like a sight. I was thinking that you live somewhere like Michigan. That you get out at all for more than just going to the car amazes me. My left ankle hurts just thinking about it. I haven't even put out any bird feeders. I usually have out 6 plus the birdseed you buy that looks like bells and stuff and they eat the whole thing. I've become a bad bird mama.

Anyway, here is what i do. I try and always have some of the premade cookie dough from pillsbury so i bribe people to do stuff for me. Actually, i DO do that but i don't put decorations outside. Sad I bet yours looked great. My "bribing" is more for putting stuff up in the attic or digging something out of the basement - indoor work.


01/09/2010 07:28 AM
SandraR2002
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Okay... the story of Donna getting all 'rigged up' like she was going deep sea diving to take down Christmas lights made me laugh!!! It reminded me of the little boy in the movie Christmas Story when he couldn't put his arms down!!! Remember that one???

The funny things we do. My lights are never all the way on in my classroom, and I had them paint one wall blue. That really helped a LOT. But I really notice it when I am tired!!! I never go out w/o sunglasses winter or summer... and I complain to my husband about lights in the house at night. I think he thinks I'm nagging... but they irritate me a lot!!!


01/09/2010 07:44 AM
gettingoldsucks
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I should have added the funniest part. My dog goes nuts once hats and gloves are on. Attacks hard and wants to play rough so it was a battle with her the whole time too. Have to laugh at her though. She specially hates the full face mask.

Ladies, I think we all need to protect our eyes. There sounds like a pattern happening and how can it not be RA related?

hugs


01/09/2010 08:18 AM
SandraR2002
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I found this article on http://hubpages.com/hub/YOUR_EYES_AND_RHEUMATOID_ARTHRITIS

HOW RA MAY EFFECT YOUR EYES

The brown cow eating the green grass and giving us white milk are some of nature's beauty that we could not enjoy without the ability to see. Without healthy eyes we are limited in such enjoyment as watching flowers bloom and leaves changing color. RA can contribute greatly to the inevitable changes in our vision whether directly or from medication.

The eyes that are said to be 'windows of the soul', can become dry when affected by RA. The tear-producing gland becomes inflamed and stops producing tears at the normal rate. The symptoms of "dry eye" may include moderate pain, light sensitivity and blurred vision. There are other afflications of the eye that are associated with RA that can cause severe pain causing loss of sleep, as well as other less harmful cases.

There are some drugs that are used to treat RA that can end up affecting the eyes, such as prednisone, which can increase the risk for cataracts. Another drug is plaquenil that can damage the retina and lead to blindness. I used both of these drugs along with others for quite a few years during which I needed regular eye exams by a specialist. If symptoms were caused by these drugs they would immediately be discontinued. I have since been taken off those two.

Some eye problems appear at the onset of the disease before it has been diagnosed. However, proper management would be to see your rheumatologist if there is redness, blurred vision or a sensitivity to light.

~~~ I am just now beginning to connect all the dots w/ a lot of things I've had in ??? about my health the last couple of years...! Many things are leading to RA. Know what I mean?

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