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Eye Health for diagnosing ME/CFS?

Discussion in 'Latest ME/CFS Research' started by SpecialK82, Mar 8, 2015.

  1. SpecialK82

    SpecialK82 Ohio, USA

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    http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/...diagnose-people-with-chronic-fatigue-syndrome


    Dr Dolores M Conroy, Director of Research at Fight for Sight, said: “It’s clear from patients’ self-reports that the visual problems they experience have a marked impact on their quality of life. They also represent distinct, quantifiable, clinical features that could significantly improve diagnosis, provide insights into underlying pathology and represent a candidate for treatment, thereby improving the everyday lives of patients. Fight for Sight is delighted to team up with Thomas Pocklington Trust to fund this important research project, results from which could contribute to visual symptoms being recognised as a key diagnostic feature of CFS.”
     
  2. barbc56

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    That's intriguing. I wonder if the type of eye problems they are studying are specific to me/cfs/seids or similar to the eye problems in other conditions such as MS? I hope they have a control group not only for those without any eye symptoms but for those with other disease related eye problems.

    Thanks.

    Barb
     
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    On second reading, the title is somewhat misleading as it looks like the foundation is not just looking into eye problems as a diagnostic tool but also the impact of sight problems. I liked their statement that eye symptoms can sometimes be overlooked neglected when it comes to treatment when diagnosed with another condition. Symptoms such as photosensitivity are not to be taken lightly
    dismissed.
    Barb

    Believe it or not, I didn't realize the above contained phrases related to light. Not sure if that would be considered a Freudian slip.
     
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  4. Sherlock

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    Is this related to the burning/blurriness in the eyes experienced by people taking interferon, as in HepC?

    IOW, can ME/CFS cause a lot of interferon in the eyes, which produces the familiar symptoms? Trying aspirin as an anti-interferon measure didn't help me, though.
     
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    Could the eyes be a viral reserviour,no idea what virus though.
     
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  6. SpecialK82

    SpecialK82 Ohio, USA

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    I have all the eye problems discussed in the article. Dry eye, blurriness, itchy irritated, and it seems to worsen as my illness progresses.
     
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  7. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem All Good Things Must Come to an End

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    I developed 'age-related' macular degeneration at a rather early age. I do not know if it is related to ME/SEIDS.
     
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    Because ME/CFS involves neurological changes, it seems that the nerve fiber layer of the retina would be the best place to look. That happens to be exactly where these researchers found changes in the eyes of Parkinson's patients. Interesting. Full article here.

     
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