Blurred vision, sore eyes: first long-term sign of MS

If you suffer from a damaged visual field in one or both eyes for a relatively long time, this may be an indication of MS. It is important that you have it examined by a neurologist, as the disease can have far-reaching consequences in the future. Why can sudden blurred or painful vision be a sign of Multiple Sclerosis and what should you look out for?

MS: blurred vision, painful eyes

  • General damage to the nerve pathways
  • What are the symptoms?
  • Blurred vision is slow to recover
  • MS or not?
  • Other causes?


General damage to the nerve pathways

Multiple Sclerosis is a general damage to the functioning of nerves, which compromises body processes. It concerns a progressive deterioration in the functioning of nerves, muscles, organs and the like, as a result of which people are increasingly less able to do things themselves. In addition, body strength and endurance will quickly decrease. It may mean that one becomes partially or completely disabled due to the dysfunction of the body. Why is it important to pay attention to the occurrence of this specific condition and how does it differ from other conditions?

What are the symptoms?

It can happen that you wake up and your eyes no longer work as usual. It may mean that there is a misalignment or strabismus or that there are blurred spots in the eye. It may be accompanied by dizziness. If the condition disappears within half an hour, it is often not related to MS. If it lasts for several weeks before recovery occurs, it is a clear signal of the disease.

Blurred vision is slow to recover

The nerves are the body’s information highway. Multiple Sclerosis causes the functioning of these lines to be disrupted, causing signals to be poorly transmitted or not at all. If one is predisposed to MS, the eyes are the first to be affected. It is a temporary deterioration of vision, causing spots, pain or diplopia and impairing the functioning of the eyes for a long time. The nerves have a certain degree of resilience, so that they can be restored. It may mean that the original vision is restored, but it can also mean permanently less vision (some recovery).

MS or not?

If the condition occurs, there is a real chance that it is the disease, but it can also be caused by other eye conditions. Because the disease has a serious impact on the rest of your life, further investigation is needed into what is really going on. If there is a high probability that it concerns the disease, measures can be implemented immediately. In this way, the consequences of the condition can be limited or delayed. With an adapted lifestyle, the person can be better prepared for MS, so that the impact on life is less serious.

Other causes?

Having the condition does not provide certainty as to whether or not you have MS. However, it is a strong indication of this. What other eye problems could be causing it? Consider the following conditions:

  • diplopia: double vision because light is focused incorrectly, signals are not transmitted or eye muscles work incorrectly;
  • spots in the eyes: this can be due to high blood sugar levels, caused by diabetes or improper diet. In addition, it may involve bleeding in the vitreous humor;
  • vibrating spots in the eyes due to a blocked vein in the eye, pulling eye tissue or a blocked tear duct.

If you have the condition and it persists for a long time, it is important to rule out MS. However, if it is not due to other causes, it may well be the announcement of the disease. If in doubt, always go to the neurologist for further examination so that you can rule out the serious disease.

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