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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Anyone Else Have Blurry Stinging Vision And Sensitivity To Light?
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Has anyone else had blurry stinging vision and sensitivity to light? Is it a reaction to gluten? I am new to all of this (diagnosed 5/15/07) and have just recently started feeling better, so I am still learning but I thought that D and stomach distention were my main symptoms if I am glutened. The past few days I have had this vision problem and I was hoping someone could give some advice on what it might be. I used to have this all the time before I was diagnosed along with the foggy head feeling, but really haven't had much of it since. Any one else experience this?

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Emily

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I get this symptom when glutened. Hard to focus, sensitive to light, blurry vision.

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It's good to know that it's not just me! Thanks for reponding. Do you get different symptoms when you are glutened or is it always your vision? I don't have D (which is usually the case) but my vision is horrible. I'm wondering if it's just random as to how I react depending on the day or if it has to do with what I eat?

I get this symptom when glutened. Hard to focus, sensitive to light, blurry vision.
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Yes, when I get glutened. I get what the doctor called migraines without the pain also which increases my light sensitivity and sometimes makes for some interesting fireworks.

There are other things that can cause vision problems like yours also, diabetes for one so if it continues for more than a short time get it checked out.

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I was having vision problems a while ago. My eyes always felt dry and were really sensitive to light. I even got an eye exam and all was normal. I think it could be a gluten reaction, but im not sure. The better ive gotten at being gluten free and learning to relax and reduce my stress as taken care of the problem. My eyes are fine now, so staay gluten free and i believe it will fix itself.

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I had been having trouble with light sensitivity and burning eyes. After I had been diagnosed with celiac and went gluten free they started to feel better. Kind of coincidentally, I needed to buy new mascara. The brand that I had been using, Almay - can't remember the exact formula - contains wheat protein. I switched to a Physician's Formula brand and have not had a problem since.

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I used to have a problem with light sensitivity. I didn't think of it as being a gluten reaction. I have to admit the light doesn't bother me as much now that I've been gluten free since the beginning of the year.

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I never related this to celiac disease but it could be. sometimes my eyes feel as though they are alergic to my tears.... stinging eyes and somewhat blurry vision..... Actually I am experiencing it now, along with really bloodshot eyes... and I think I was glutened on Thurs (stomach distress after eating out - at PF Changs)

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Thanks everyone for responding. It's helpful to hear others experiences in order to figure out your own. It sounds like a mild glutening can cause the stinging eyes. The really frustrating part is that I have no idea what could have glutened me. I even remade my homemade cereal since I was worried that the cornmeal (Bob's Red Mill) could be contaminated. I thought I was being so careful. Thanks Joie for mentioning the mascara. I didn't even think about that. I use Clinique currently and sent them a list of items to find out if they have gluten and they never responded. I guess I will have to change brands. Gluten free sounds like the key to fixing everything. I just wish I could be gluten free for longer then just a few days. It seems like I'm always getting glutened somehow. I go out to eat at least once a week with my family so that doesn't help.

Sparkles, I got glutened at PF Changs too! Both times I went and ordered from the supposedly gluten free menu. It was a definite glutening too. Not just slightly sick, but wake up in the middle of the night sick. Interesting. I wonder if we need to write them about properly training their chefs?

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It also may have nothing to do with being glutened. Celiac disease is a autoimmune disease and autoimmune diseases may cause dry eyes, which can sting and cause blurred vision. I work for an optomitrist and I do have dry eyes. I use Refresh Gel Drops or Systane, both available over the counter. First though, you should have your eye doc take a look at your eyes, they are the windows to your world. Do not just think it is gluten, you can not blame everything on gluten.

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There's also an autoimmune disorder called Sjogren's Syndrome. The glands that produced mucus, salvia, and tears get inflammed or destroyed. Problems with the pancreas can also cause dryness problems. An ophthamologist can check on Sjogren's; it can be fairly mild, I think, and any time you have an autoimmune disease, you are more prone to another one.

I too have 'sandy' eyes and a sensitivity to light, but no idea what's causing it. I have always assumed too much staring at the computer screen, fatigue, and migraines.

I'm interested to keep reading this thread. Good luck with your eyes!

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