Monday, June 28, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
How does lyme disease affect the eye?
"In the early stage of the disease, many persons have conjunctivitis. In this condition, commonly called pink eye, the eyes are red and uncomfortable, and there is a discharge of pus. Unlike many forms of conjunctivitis, the type that occurs in lyme disease is not contagious.
In later stages of the disease, inflammation of the eye may develop. Parts of the eye that may be affected include the uvea, the middle layer inside the eye, the cornea, part of the outer coat of the eye; the iris, the colored circle around the pupil, and the choroid, a layer of blood vessels in the eye. Ocular symptoms can include sensitivity to light and floaters (spots in front of the eyes).
Inflammation of the optic nerve (optic neuritis) also can occur, which results in visual loss. Loss of vision can result from inflammation in the brain as well.
Persons who develop Bell’s palsy may be unable to blink or close their eyes. This dries the cornea and can result in an infection or even a hole in the cornea, which can endanger vision if not treated promptly."
I have a few eye symptoms. Floaters and sensitivity to light. I always worry about long term damage, or blindness. But I try not to become overly stressed about it and just celebrate that for now, I can still see!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
As May comes to a close, I want to thank all my friends and family for listening to me ramble on and on about Lyme Disease. I hope you learned something that could possibly prevent you or your loved ones from experiencing this disease.