Prednisone Blurred Vision

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What Glaucoma Treatment is Available?

Author: Kathryn Dawson

Treatment of glaucoma should be carried out as soon as possible once a diagnosis has been made. It is a condition of the eye that can become very serious if left untreated. It is a condition that can take many years to develop and so diagnosis can sometimes be difficult. Sufferers of glaucoma are affected by blurred vision, double vision and overall poor eye sight. If treatment is not administered it can lead to partial or complete blindness eventually. Anyone wishing to find out more about the condition as well as learn about what glaucoma treatment is available should read on. This article discusses the reasons why glaucoma occurs, what treatment is most effective and how laser eye surgery can help.

Glaucoma occurs when there is an increase of pressure within the eye. There are two reasons why the pressure would increase. The first cause of pressure is from blocked drainage canals. When fluid in the eye is unable to drain away, the pressure slowly begins to build. Glaucoma caused in this way is called open angle glaucoma. Internal pressure within the eye can also build when a there is only a very narrow space between the iris and the cornea, too narrow for fluid to flow freely. Glaucoma that develops because of this rarer condition is known as closed angle glaucoma. It can take many years for the condition to develop fully, with often many years passing before any serious effects are noticed by patient or doctor. Blurred or double vision are often the first symptoms that signal something is wrong with the eyes.

Fortunately there is very effective treatment for both forms available. For relatively minor cases, a course of eye drops may be all that is needed. For more serious cases or those people who are not wishing to wear glasses or contact lenses, laser eye surgery can be the best form of treatment. Although surgery may sound complicated, it is in fact a straightforward and uncomplicated procedure that gets straight to the root of the problem. The surgery itself is extremely short, and recovery is usually quick with patients feeling back to normal after a couple of days. The surgery works by relieving the build up of pressure by restoring the natural flow of the fluid in the eye.

Treating glaucoma with surgery has an extremely high success rate. Although any lost vision that has already occurred cannot be restored, it can effectively preserve the remaining sight of a person. Because of the slow development of the condition, regular eye checks are absolutely imperative. Any problems can be caught quickly which make successful treatment all the more likely.

Anyone suffering from eye problems no longer needs to suffer in silence. The advancements in technology mean that even those with the most serious problems can be reviewed with the possibility of effective treatment to help restore them to a better quality of life. Even wearers of glasses can today have refractive surgery which may remove the need for glasses or contact lenses altogether. This too is an extremely effective way to correct most eye problems, and is also simple to carry out with minimal disruption to daily life. Often patients may return to work a couple of days later, good as new!

Although conditions of the eye can be very serious and cause major problems to a person's quality of life, there are treatments, such as glaucoma treatment, available to slow the degeneration further or even restore vision. Laser eye surgery and refractive surgery are two surgical procedures that are highly effective for improving a person's sight and for preventing glaucoma and other eye conditions from worsening.

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About the Author

Kathryn Dawson writes articles for Immaculate about a range of world class treatment available for any eye conditions in the UK. With cutting edge research, medical expertise, state-of-the-art surgical equipment and top ophthalmic surgeons, glaucoma treatment is now available with the best clinical outcomes to date. A new lease of life may be achieved with groundbreaking refractive surgery and laser eye surgery, after which glasses and contact lenses could be a thing of the past.

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10 Responses to Prednisone Blurred Vision

  1. azrielle says:

    Prednisone and blurred vision/dizziness?
    I’ve been on Prednisone for poison ivy for a week and I am taking it regularly and started to taper down yesterday. For a couple of days I have been having blurry vision and today I am feeling kind of dizzy. Do you think it’s the Prednisone?

    • Mich says:

      yes blurred vision is one of the many side effects of prednisone. not to worry you, but below are the lists of side effects of drinkin prednisone. Call your doctor for more information.
      weight gain
      facial swelling
      depression, mania, or other psychiatric symptoms
      unusual fatigue or weakness
      mental confusion / indecisiveness
      blurred vision
      abdominal pain
      peptic ulcer
      painful hips or shoulders
      severe joint pain

      [edit] Minor
      weight gain
      stretch marks
      increased appetite
      frequent urination
      removes intestinal flora

  2. ~~Daniel's Mommy~~ says:

    Prednisone side effects…blurred vision?
    My doctor prescribed me Prednisone for 5 days because my asthma flared up again. I finished the last pill yesterday. Since yesterday morning I have noticed my vision is blurry and I have a hard time focusing as normal. I am going to go see my doctor tomorrow to get this looked at, but I have been reading that a possible side effect to this drug is sometimes blurred vision or decreased vision.
    Has this happened to anyone…did your vision come back to normal? How long did you have to wait?
    I’m no supermum! I called my pharmicist last night to inquire and he said it wasn’t a side effect. But I looked online and I have seen it in 3 different places.
    I can tell you though, I have been off the drug now for 3 days and today my eye sight is a little better.
    A second thing, it says the effect is less common and to contact your doctor if it happens. I am going to see mine today just to be sure, but definitely there is improvement from yesterday.

    • I'm No Supermum! says:

      Weird, I’m on the same drug for the same reason and have been noticing the same thing.
      Sorry I don’t have a good answer for you, just to say that it must be a common side effect if we both have it! I’ll be watching this question.
      ETA – Ooh, maybe I should be seeing my own doctor then :-
      Hope your asthma is being nice to you again, I feel like I can breathe freely today for the first time since Monday!

  3. Saggyrl says:

    Bad Prednisone side effects!?
    I had a D&C 2 weeks ago because of a miscarriage; took my Amoxycillin prescription for a week which caused a horrible allergic reaction (looked like I had measles!). A nighttime doc put me on Prednisone, and I have been taking it for 6 days but decided not to take the last 2 pills b/c of terrible side effects. My vision has become very blurred, I have to go to the bathroom all the time, hungry all the time, feel dizzy sometimes, flushed skin. Now that I’ve been off for a couple of days I now have a very swollen gland under my chin and just don’t feel good. Vision is still blurry at times. Will this all go away? Should I be worried??? :(

    • Emily says:

      i would suggest that you consult your doctor immediately. This could turn into something serious if you dont do something about it ASAP. Once i had a severe reaction to medication and i was covered in hives and almost passed out. You’ll probably be prescribed another antibiotic to treat the side affects from prednisone. Good luck and i hope you feel better.

  4. Corey says:

    Prednisone Side Effects?
    Stopped Taking Prednisone Last Thursday (it’s now Wednesday at 1pm)
    Was put on 50mg pills for 5 days and had another steroid drip for 2 days in the hospital (125mg)
    The drug made me feel terrible…Is it possible to still be having side effects ie.muscle spasms in right jaw joint, blurred vision (to the point where glasses are needed), almost total loss of vision (temporarily today at work lasted about 30 minutes-kinda felt like I was slightly hallucinating as well) now I feel totally off and felt fine at work earlier today…don’t feel right at all…what is this?? Is it possible the Prednisone is still effecting me?

    • Dan S says:

      Yes, it is quite possible that the Prednisone is affecting you.
      First you had a very large dosage, second you dropped off that high dosage quickly which can cause a lot of problems.

      See her for a list of the drugs side effects:

      The blurred vision, muscle pain, blurred vision and anxiety are all common and major side effects, clearly you don’t tolerate the medication very well, or at least not that high of a dose.

      I have been on it before and the maximum dosage I took with 25 mg and then tapered off to 5 mg a week later.

      When you take a steroid you are taking a hormone that is normally produced by your body or that mimics your natural hormones. When you start taking it that body produces less of that hormone naturally and it doesn’t pick up production as you step down the dosage–it always lags behind your dose. It is not until you are off the dose completely that the body catches up. This is one of the problems with drug abuse when you come down off the drugs you lose a lot of your normal “feel good hormones.”

      Just be careful you don’t get the mental side effects like the fear or flight response or the quick and short temper. Those can be very dangerous. Taking Prednisone is usually done for pain or for some specific conditions and those medical conditions are considered to be worse than the medication’s side effects. So you must have been very sick to require such a high dose. It may be too early for you to go back to work. You need to be very careful.

  5. Marissa says:

    Is this normal while on Prednisone?
    I am 16 and a female. I have inflammation in the GI tract. The doctor put me on originally 40 mg of Prednisone now i’m on 30mg. I have very strange and disturbing thoughts about hurting people I am close to. Hurting myself, Weird vivid dreams, Hot flashes, Weight gain, Dizziness, Pounding heart, Nervousness,Mood swings, Racing thoughts, Blurred vision, Water retention. I feel like im going crazy. Is this normal? And should I let my doctor know?
    And the hurting people and myself thing isnt like I want to. Its more a fear that it would ever happen.
    Ive been on it for a month. And I am being weaned off.

    • Rita V says:

      Marissa, Yes the side effects of pretension are terrible esp. weight gain,I was on this Foron a dr. in a matter of 6 months I gained 30lbs. I’m not on it anymore and will never take again, but the part about you having disturbing thought thoughts about hurting people contact your dr. right away, this is a serious side effect that can not wait, I know you can’t just go off them but he can decrease them till your off,Just don’t go with your disturbing thoughts, it will get better I promise. Good luck Rita V

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