View Full Version : vision problems/cataracts?

05-22-2012, 11:29 AM
I am barely in my mid 40's and it seems like I'm getting cataracts, of course I need to see my eye doc to confirm this but my vision is ever so slowly clouding over, I feel like i'm looking at haze all the time. Has anyone heard of Lupus causing this sooner in life or the meds we take?

05-23-2012, 04:31 AM
i am 50 and have cateracts in both eyes.

my doctor said that lupus can cause the cateracts to intensify.
lupus does not give you the cateracts.....
but when they start to happen, lupus can help them to grow quicker.

my vision is still in the perfect range, but i have blury vision.
i am going to have surgery to remove the cateracts later this year.

05-23-2012, 06:37 AM
Thanks Steve, I would love to know how your surgery goes when you have it. If it is cataracts (which i am almost certain thats whats happening) I don't feel I need surgery at this point but it's really annoying and difficult to drive at night. I'm trying so hard to age gracefully but somedays I wanna feel young again =) Between this disease and aging I feel really old somedays ;)

05-23-2012, 07:55 AM
I'm not sure I have cataracts, I am only 20. But, I am having issues with my vision. I went to the optometrist yesterday and my diopters had gone from -3.00 to -4.25 in the left eye and -2.75 to -3.75 in the right. Sort of drastic, I think. Not sure why they would change, and if it's SLE related or not.

05-23-2012, 11:34 AM
Here is a link to a page about Lupus/medicines and different eye issues. I too am having issues with my vision so I was reading this the other day.

Vision Issues (http://www.lupusuk.org.uk/latest-news/from-the-national-magazine/75-lupus-and-the-eyes)

05-23-2012, 07:15 PM
i have been trying to remember a name for a couple of days.
we have a mother of a lupus sufferer as a member here.
the boy is only about 10 or 12 and he has just had cataract surgery.

this desease is bad when it effects us.....
but it sucks when it effects young ones.

05-23-2012, 10:08 PM
As you know they are watching my daughter. She has shown signs off and on but so far no tests confirm. Last week the nose blisters started. I felt a knot in my gut. Maybe nothing but ...

Yeah... I can't imagine watching your child go through all of this nightmare. I think sometimes we sugarcoat on here a little so we don't freak new people out. I have been wondering lately how fair that is... For them and us. Other side of that issue is that Lupus affects everyone differently so we don't want to scare people with mild versions of this illness into thinking that theirs will be something it won't. *shrugs* seldom are there any black and white answers

05-24-2012, 05:35 AM
My son just had his second eye done and I think it's Dylan that you might have been thinking about Steve. All went well with the surgery. Won't know for about 5 weeks what his prescription will be. He hasn't worn his glasses since last Thursday!!!

Anyway, Dylan's dr. and eye dr have told us that prolonged use of steriods and a higher dose can bring on the cataracts. Dylan's were fast growing. Can't remember the technical name but he didn't have them in December and he had them in February. He will need bi-focals though. The focusing part of your eye, the lens, is what gets the catarct and when they take it out, especially at his age (14yrs.), it can't adjust.

Definately get them checked out. And good luck!!!!

05-24-2012, 09:06 PM
thanks leah,
yes it was dylan i was thinking of.

i should remember the name, my oldest grandson is dylan.

i have looked into the cataract surgery, as i need it too.
they remove part of the eye....
and replace it with a synthetic part.
the eye works well, with no blury lense, but cannot adjust for focal definition.