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Celiac Night Vision

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 12:26 PM

Colleen: see posting 5 July 2013. The ophthalmologist wrote ' to be honest I could not find any pathology to account for this scotoma . . . '

NatureChick: sun exposure and optometrist see posting 1 Aug 2013

The only reason I am posting all this is because this symptom so far appears to be unique. In case it has a celiac basis this seems to be one place to look for answers..  

 

I believe you said in one post you saw the Hospital Eye Clinic.  Then you saw an Optometrist.  I asked if you have seen an Opthalmologist.  

 

Good luck with the Nightshades  :)

 

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Posted 01 November 2014 - 12:17 AM

As people still seem to be reading this thread here is an update. After eight bouts of the scotomas through the summer (they were continuous through June - August) they disappeared at the end of September. We live in southern England and the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit at the University of Worcester kindly sent me pollen counts for near this part of the country. The scotomas started with the onset of the birch pollen season but it was not obvious that the gaps coincided with changes in pollen count. I did a DST home FastCheck POC IgE blood test for inhalant antigens about a week after the last scotoma and there was a weak positive to birch pollen and stinging nettle pollen.


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Posted 07 November 2014 - 02:36 PM

This is interesting, I noticed some night blindness in the past couple of years, worse in one eye. I never used to wear glasses before and I suddenly had to get them for distance at 30... before that, I was pretty much 20/20. How frustrating that it could be related.


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Posted 16 November 2014 - 03:56 AM

As people still seem to be reading this thread here is an update. After eight bouts of the scotomas through the summer (they were continuous through June - August) they disappeared at the end of September. We live in southern England and the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit at the University of Worcester kindly sent me pollen counts for near this part of the country. The scotomas started with the onset of the birch pollen season but it was not obvious that the gaps coincided with changes in pollen count. I did a DST home FastCheck POC IgE blood test for inhalant antigens about a week after the last scotoma and there was a weak positive to birch pollen and stinging nettle pollen.

After doing the IgE test I was sent September nettle pollen data for Worcester (which included all members of the Urticaceae). Levels decreased to low about the 11th and almost disappeared by the end of the month. The scotomas could therefore be a reaction to pollen but I will perhaps try to do an IgE test for tomato allergy next year if the scotomas return.   


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Posted 16 November 2014 - 05:18 AM

I discovered recently that I react to harvest dust in the air.  I wonder if allergies to something like that could cause eye trouble.  I see you are on to that trail with the nettles and birch idea.  I live near a grain silo (within 10 miles) and the unseen dust evidently gives me some of my old celiac symptoms.  Over recent summers it has seemed so mysterious this sudden reappearance of symptoms.  Late this year I felt the old fatigue and mind fog, and was instructed to put on a dust mask.  After 3 or 4 days I felt much better.

 

Years ago, I remember a time driving at night when small signs turned to  blurs.  I don't have this problem anymore, It did go away when I went on a supplements as recommended by my chiropractor. PCB Have you had your nutrient levels checked?  I can't remember if that were mentioned above.


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Posted 01 June 2015 - 01:20 AM

Next update! Scotomas disappeared as noted in September and returned on the 2nd March 2015. They disappeared again twice but have been present continuously since April. This is now the 6th year. They are more persistent with fewer gaps each year but have always vanished for five months in the winter. I usually eat baked tomatoes but ate them raw a few times this winter without scotomas. Winter tomatoes are not as good so we eat them less often. Is it tomatoes, pollen or both? I am still anaemic, Hb 12.4 g/dl, but B12, folate, iron, vitamin A and vitamin D were normal .We take 1 multivitamin + mineral tablet (about 100% RDA) and 1 cod liver oil capsule daily.  More suggestions please!


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Posted 02 June 2015 - 10:26 PM

Bilberry helps me. Very interesting about the nightshades affecting your vision. Bilberry was used by pilots in WWII to help their night vision. I've enjoyed reading your posts. Thank you, sir.
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Posted 04 July 2015 - 07:46 AM

Here is a description of the scotomas to help others with celiac night vision problems compare their symptoms. The scotomas are usually at a maximum about this season. In the night against a dim ceiling they are round dark areas affecting central vision about 20 degrees across. At first light they seem to get slightly smaller and more triangular in shape, with a rounded point at the top and the main mass below. Next, central vision comes back as a bright hole in the upper part of the dark area. As the room gets brighter the scotomas seem darker, and if the eyes are shut suddenly they are still visible briefly but now bright against a dark background. As daylight arrives they break up and disappear completely. When the scotomas decrease over a few days before vanishing the hole extends to the edge of the shadow area forming a C (or reverse C on the right), and then the top of the scotoma disappears leaving a curved bar shape below the fixation point which diminishes to a spot and then vanishes completely.The scotoma has always been denser in the L eye. Still thinking about lectins, we tend to eat greenhouse tomatoes less ripe than bought ones, and I am blood group A, which d'Adamo thinks increases sensitivity to tomato lectin. I am still anaemic despite strict gluten-free diet. I hope the experts out there still reading this will have some ideas. Would a positive Coombs test suggest that lectins are involved?.  


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