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Is this multiple sclerosis?

By Anonymous September 29, 2017 - 10:21pm
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My left eye always hurts and the pain connects on my brain. What could be the possible reason for this?? My eyesight is not blurred. Thanks for the reply.

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Hello. Thank you for your message.

Autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS) or lupus can cause swelling, or inflammation, behind the eye. This swelling can damage the optic nerve, which transmits visual information from your eyes to your brain. Optic neuritis can cause pain that might feel like pressure or an ache behind your eye. You may also experience:

vision loss in one eye
loss of side vision or color vision
pain that gets worse when you move your eyes
flashing lights when you move your eyes

No one can diagnose multiple sclerosis over the internet. You need to see a doctor for an evaluation to find out what is causing your eye pain.


September 30, 2017 - 4:16am
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Anonymous (reply to Helena)

I have Multiple Sclerosis and I have been getting sharp, stabbing pains in my left eye. Is this serious? Am I going to go blind in that eye?

October 4, 2017 - 7:12am
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Three visual disorders associated with MS are:

Optic Neuritis. An inflammation of the optic nerve that can cause a sudden loss of vision, usually in one eye; blurred vision; and eye pain. Optic neuritis is the most common MS-related vision problem. Approximately half of people with MS will have at least one episode of optic neuritis. Frequently, it is the first symptom of MS. Optic neuritis may result in blurring or graying of vision, or rarely, blindness in one eye. A dark spot may also occur in the center of the visual field.

Nystagmus. Uncontrolled horizontal or vertical eye movements is another common symptom that impacts vision. Nystagmus may be mild, only occurring when the person looks to the side. Sometimes it may be severe enough to impair vision.

Diplopia. Occurs when the pair of muscles that control particular eye movements are weak. The muscles then become uncoordinated. When the images are not properly fused, the person sees a double image. Double vision may increase with fatigue or overuse of the eyes.

Stabbing pain isn't associated with any of these. Even so, this pain should be reported to your doctor. It may be related to the MS or something else.


October 4, 2017 - 5:14pm
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