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Is my blurry vision caused by multiple sclerosis (MS)?

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  • Blurry vision is often one of the earliest symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). The disease causes inflammation along the nerve that connects your eyes to your brain, called the optic nerve. That causes a condition called optic neuritis, which can give you blurry sight, loss of color vision, and pain when you move your eyes. It often happens in just one eye. Besides blurry vision, MS also causes: Trouble with balance
  • Bladder and bowel problems
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Numbness
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness

Optic neuritis doesn’t necessarily mean you have MS, so talk to your doctor about what’s causing it. The problem often goes away on its own, but your doctor can give you some medications to help you heal faster.

From: Why Is My Vision Blurry? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Optometric Association: “Adult Vision: 41 to 60 Years of Age.”

National Eye Institute: “Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease,” “Facts About Uveitis.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Psoriasis.”

American Migraine Foundation: “Visual Aura: What it Is and Isn’t.”

American Cancer Society: “Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors in Adults.”

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: “Visual Problems,” “MS Overview,” “What are the Symptoms of MS?”

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation: “Vision Changes,” “What is Parkinson’s Disease?”

Preeclampsia Foundation: “About Preeclampsia,” “Signs & Symptoms.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Treatment Guide: Stroke Care Cerebrovascular Center.”

American Stroke Association: “Spot a Stroke.”

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 21, 2018

SOURCES:

American Optometric Association: “Adult Vision: 41 to 60 Years of Age.”

National Eye Institute: “Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease,” “Facts About Uveitis.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Psoriasis.”

American Migraine Foundation: “Visual Aura: What it Is and Isn’t.”

American Cancer Society: “Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors in Adults.”

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: “Visual Problems,” “MS Overview,” “What are the Symptoms of MS?”

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation: “Vision Changes,” “What is Parkinson’s Disease?”

Preeclampsia Foundation: “About Preeclampsia,” “Signs & Symptoms.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Treatment Guide: Stroke Care Cerebrovascular Center.”

American Stroke Association: “Spot a Stroke.”

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 21, 2018

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