Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects the central nervous system. Some individuals with MS may experience visual symptoms, such as:
1. Blurry vision or double vision.
2. Loss of central vision, which can cause difficulty with reading or seeing fine details.
3. Loss of peripheral vision, which can cause tunnel vision or difficulty with spatial awareness.
4. Eye pain or discomfort, such as a sensation of pressure behind the eyes.
5. Sensitivity to light or glare, which can cause discomfort or difficulty seeing in bright environments.
6. Rapid, involuntary eye movements, known as nystagmus.
7. Optic neuritis, which is inflammation of the optic nerve that can cause vision loss or eye pain.
8. Ocular motor disorders, which are conditions that affect the ability of the eyes to move properly.
9. Visual hallucinations, which are false or distorted visual perceptions that occur without a real external stimulus.
10. Cortical blindness, which is a loss of vision due to damage to the visual cortex of the brain.
It is important to note that not everyone with MS will experience visual symptoms, and the presence of visual symptoms does not necessarily mean that a person has MS. If you or someone you know is experiencing visual symptoms, it is important to see a doctor for a complete evaluation and treatment.
If you are experiencing visual symptoms that are causing difficulty in daily life, it is important to see an optometrist that specializes in binocular vision dysfunctions and feels comfortable with prescribing prism glasses or personalized vision therapy.
If you struggle to find a specialist in your area, you may schedule a virtual consultation with Dr. David Antonyan by visiting https://www.vividvisionsoptometry.com/. If you're in the Los Angeles or Santa Clarita area, you may also schedule an in-office appointment with Dr. David Antonyan by calling (929)374-3937 or visiting https://www.vividvisionsoptometry.com/appointments.