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Common Fibromyalgia Eye Problems ~ From Constant Tearing To Excessive Dryness

June 22

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 Β 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 theΒ sternocleidomastoid (SCM)TrPs.

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courtesy wikipedia

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. Β 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.

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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.Β 

Common Fibromyalgia Eye Problems From Constant Tearing To Excessive Dryness

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  • Reply Nikki June 28 at 9:11 pm

    Isn’t it amazing that a disease that some believe to be non-existent can cause so many problems? Or that some Doctors do the research and actually find real physical issues that combined cause so much paint and irritation? Crazy! I wish there was a cure, for Fibro and all chronic diseases. I have issues with my eyes too, especially in the morning and with night driving. Great tips, I’ll definitely try the Vaseline trick, isn’t it really annoying when you can’t stop the tears?
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    • Reply kristine June 29 at 3:01 pm

      Yes!! It drives me crazy Nikki! Plus, it really contributes to ‘aging’ around the eyes and crows feet. My eyes look pretty good for 49 and I really believe that has to do with the Vaseline!! Use on lips too and for taking off eye make-up. When I was young I remember some ladies at a beauty counter telling me the #1 thing to remember was to ‘moisturize’ ‘moisturize’ ‘moisturize’! HAHA! I know what they mean now! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Susan Griffiths April 3 at 5:05 pm

    Thanks for writing this. I have the same problems of dry eyes and watering eyes…plus I’m very tearful/emotional. I’ve been using Vaseline on my eyelids at night with an eye mask and the hydromellose, artificial teardrops. I realise that some of it is to do with the side effects of my medication, plus although the optometrist says my eyes are ok, I have trouble with accommodation, (e.g. Going from close work to distance)… takes a while to focus and causes me pain. I can only read short passages for short periods, same with watching tv and iPad. Have to limit everything and I still ‘overdo it’ !

    • Reply kristine April 3 at 6:00 pm

      HI Susan! So sorry for all the eye troubles you are having! I know just how you feel, it’s maddening sometimes! Try not to overdo it too much, and hang in there πŸ˜‰

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