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    eye sight problems?

    Has anyone else had eyesight problems/loss since there spinal cord injury?

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    I am c6/7 complete quad. I have always had very small pupils, but since my spinal cord injury, the sphincter that controls the dilation of the pupils doesn't work. I have had difficulties with dilation of my eyes for medical exams even with medication.

    Last year I had to have cataract surgery and my pupils would not/could not dilate enough with medication. My opthalmologic surgeon is very practiced with cataracts and pupils that don't dilate. He used pupil stretchers to get my pupils large enough to do the surgeries. However, today, now that my pupils are stretched and they do not respond to light and dark conditions, I have light sensitivity to the point that I must wear sunglasses when I go outdoors.

    All the best,
    GJ

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    Yes. I have what the opthalmologist described as sluggish pupils, and at times one of the pupils dialates while the other wil contract. I also developed occasional double vision as the same eye that contracts has some kind of muscle disorder pulling the eye out of alignment wth the other.

    Just another reason for the diagnosis of MS even though I do not have MS, just MS like symptoms. The worst for me is visual migraines. I get terribly sick with them.
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    havok, I do not know how you became a quad, but it is not unusual for quads to have some brain injury symptoms if some head impact occurred. All SCIs should have regular eye checkups to monitor for changes due to medication side effects.

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    Havok,

    That's a very generic question. What kind of problems are you referring to?
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    Thanks for the replies. First off I'm a para not a quad. It happened during a car crash when my truck rolled off the freeway. I wasn't told about any head injuries but it was a very violent crash so anythings possible. And to clarify my vision seems a little out of focus even with my reading glasses but randomly sometimes I have "light spots" that begin showing up in the middle of them and get a horrible tunnel vision. It goes away after like an hour or so or with sleep. But when it happens its hard for me to get anything done(not to mention a little scary) Thanks for future replies

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    I can't really say that mine have gotten worse since my injury because I had not seen an eye doctor until I was like 25 or so. I now go for a check up every 2 years and I have 20/30 in one eye and 20/50 in the other.

    On another note, in 2008 I woke up one morning for work and realized I couldn't see my alarmclock out of my left eye. After turning the light on and being fully awake I could tell that I had blood on the inside of my eye blocking the view. I went to my eye doctor that morning and after some high tech test he discovered that the bloodvessels in my eyes were bursting and he sent me to be checked to see if I was diabetic which I wasn't. My doctor ended up sending me to a blood specialist where I was tested and diagnosed with CML (Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia). My white blood cell count was 40 times the normal count thus causing my blood to be very thick and not letting oxygen to my eyes causing the blood vessels to burst. I ended up having to have eye surgery to suck out the blood from inside my eye so that I could see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by havok View Post
    Thanks for the replies. First off I'm a para not a quad. It happened during a car crash when my truck rolled off the freeway. I wasn't told about any head injuries but it was a very violent crash so anythings possible. And to clarify my vision seems a little out of focus even with my reading glasses but randomly sometimes I have "light spots" that begin showing up in the middle of them and get a horrible tunnel vision. It goes away after like an hour or so or with sleep. But when it happens its hard for me to get anything done(not to mention a little scary) Thanks for future replies
    Are you on bladder medicine like Ditropan or Vesicare or Sanctura?

    The bladder meds cause dry eyes and vision problems. After being on Sanctura for a long time, I stopped taking anything because I couldn't deal with the visual side effects anymore. I love to read and sew and I just can't live with not being able to see clear at various times.
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    stumpy sorry to hear about eye, that sounds harsh. I hope that has worked out a little bit and gotten at least a little better.

    Quote Originally Posted by darkeyed_daisy View Post
    Are you on bladder medicine like Ditropan or Vesicare or Sanctura?

    The bladder meds cause dry eyes and vision problems. After being on Sanctura for a long time, I stopped taking anything because I couldn't deal with the visual side effects anymore. I love to read and sew and I just can't live with not being able to see clear at various times.
    And no I'm only on neurontin, nut i have always had an issue with dehidration. Idk if that can cause a problem? I just feel like it would have happened before my accident too if that were the case. I'm concerned maybe this is a result of dysraflexia but again never really had any other signs of it plus I'm a T6-T7, so I shouldn't get that from what I understand.

    And sorry to hear these other stories, losing eyesight on top of sci would be horrible, hope everyone who has had problems the best.

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    Havoc,

    Do you have a real low blood pressure? Tunnel vision is a big sign for that.
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