Having trouble with your eyes since you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia? You are not alone…
Common fibromyalgia eye problems can include everything from constant tearing of the eyes to excessive dryness that can cause major issues with your vision. Driving at night, wearing contact lenses, and your prescription from the optometrist could all undergo changes when you develop FMS. This could be due in part to the large muscles in the neck called the sternocleidomastoid (SCM)TrPs.
If these muscles develop as ‘trigger points’, then myofacial pain and secondary problems arise in the areas the muscles effect. Myofacial pain and Fibromyalgia often exist together creating issues with depth perception, and dizziness as well. This is especially true if the tension levels of these muscles are sitting at different set points.
I have experienced problems with my eyes for years. As the severity of my FMS flares have increased, so have my ocular issues. These can range from having unbelievably dry eyes where I need to use artificial tears, to having to take measures to stop my eyes from weeping all the time.Helpful tips and tricks for dealing with Fibromyalgia eye issues... Click To Tweet
Common Fibromyalgia Eye Problems & Tips For Dealing With Their Side Effects:
Artificial Tears ~ if dry eyes are the irritation of the moment, carry around a little bottle of artificial tears in your purse/backpack to keep them lubricated.
Glasses ~ If you wear contact lenses always have an up to date pair of prescription glasses handy in case you want to switch them out. There are times when your lenses will be just too irritating to wear.
Avoid Night Driving ~ This may not be possible, but many FMS patients report developing issues with driving at night. If you can, run your errands while it is still light out, or have someone else drive.
Optometrist ~ Yes, keep that annoying yearly appointment with your eye doctor. You may be surprised at how much your vision needs can change within 12 months.
Vaseline ~ okay, so here is my main tip for watery eyes; I put a tiny dab of vaseline in the inner and outer corner of my eye. This stops the tears from running out and irritating the skin in those two areas. DON’T PUT THE VASELINE IN YOUR EYE, just on the very outside corners.
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