What is fibromyalgia?
An estimated 1.1 million Canadians are affected by fibromyalgia. May 12th is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, which is intended to bring both the public’s and doctors’ attention to this chronic pain syndrome. Fibromyalgia is complicated, and scientists are still researching potential causes. Current medicine has discovered that fibromyalgia affects both the nervous and musculoskeletal systems, and that 80 – 90% of patients are women.
The condition is unique to each person affected, so the symptoms vary. For example, one person might experience pain primarily in their hips, while another may experience headaches. Some people may also have pain or trouble with their eyes and vision as part of this condition.
How does fibromyalgia affect the eyes?
Since fibromyalgia affects the body’s nervous system, the six main muscles in the eye that control its movement can possibly suffer its effects. The condition makes the body’s nerves more sensitive, which could cause some of the following eye health problems:
A relatively common eye problem due to fibromyalgia is dry eyes. The mucous membranes in the nose, mouth, and eyes can dry up. Dry eyes can be especially uncomfortable for people who wear contact lenses. Using eye drops with vitamin A can help to keep your eyes moist and alleviate discomfort.