Blurred Vision

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Art on the wall of the St. Regis suite where I spent my honeymoon weekend a year and a half ago. No, the photo is not blurred – note that sharp edges of the canvas.

Yesterday, Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy experienced not one, but two, episodes of blurred vision – each lasting about half an hour. It started sort of like rain drops falling on the surface of a pond…just a few ripples at first, until eventually my entire field of vision was completely out of focus. Needless to say, having these types of vision problems for the first time in my life was quite disconcerting, and pushed me to the edge of an anxiety attack.

But I reminded myself that it would be best to stay calm, and was able to stave off a full blown panic attack.

Could this be my medicines acting up, or my rheumatoid arthritis itself? Within a matter of a couple of hours, I was in my ophthalmologist’s darkened exam room getting my eyes checked. We split my visit into two parts. Yesterday’s showed that my eyes have weakened a bit and that I need to update my eyeglasses. My next visit will require a dilation of my eyes, so that they can be closely examined.

My eye doctor was well-versed on the possible effects of RA and it’s medicines on the eyes, and suggested that I place more attention on the care of my eyes from here on out.

I’m completing my third month of  Plaquenil, which I know can be associated with vision problems. This past weekend I also completed my starting dose of 3X100mg of Arava, as I rotate this medicine back into my treatment plan. Maybe it’s one or the other, or a combination of the two, that is causing the blurred vision?

Right now I don’t have all the answers, but I hope to have them soon.

Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!