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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes
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When I started to go really downhill in August 2003, I had my eyes tested for new glasses. I wear tri-focals (with no lines). Two weeks after I got them I noticed that I sometimes could read the streets signs and sometimes could not. I thought they had put the wrong RX in as this can sometimes happen. I went back and was checked once a week for three weeks. Each time my RX was different and NOT slightly. There was no explation. I then went last summer to an eye surgeon and he thought it could be my Scleroderma, but that was before I found out that I had Morphia Scleroderma, which "very rarely goes into Systemic". Since then my vision stills fluctuates. One time I was driving at night (no traffic) and my vision was perfect. What a gift that night was, as everything was sharp and crisp. I did read in one of Scott's newsletters', a letter from a young girl who went legally blind in one eye. But, that is the only time I saw anything about vision. If anyone has noticed any vision problems, I would appreciate hearing about them.

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Hi Armetta

I see no one has answered your post, but wanted to drop in and just say that the only problem I have ever had with my vision, rather than the normal middle age stuff, it that I would get what I called "tunnel" vision. I would lose my sight in one eye. This happened to me early in my diagnoses of celiac disease, and now doesn't happen very often. I also seem to be sensitive to light, so wear my sunglasses a lot.

Take care,

Deborah

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My eyes are always getting slightly worse, but nothing drastic ~ they don't go from good to bad to good, etc. The one problem I do have is night vision. I do not see well at all at night. It also effects me in movie theaters, etc. I just do NOT see well in the dark.

Hope that helped a little... hope you find the answer to your eye situation!! :)

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I've been having horrible problems with my eyes for the last few months so I broke down and went to the eye doctor and get this, he says my vision is IMPROVING and that is why everything is blurry! I can't believe it. I've had glasses and contacts my whole life and my eyesight only got worse. So now it's better? I get my new lenses tomorrow (the new weaker lenses) so we'll see. <_<

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Thank you all for taking the time to answer. I really appreciate it. As far as the night vision, have your eyes tested for cataracts. That is what happened to me many years ago. My eye problem is in both eyes as I have tried closing one and seeing if that made a differance. Today I had to drive to the dentist which is in East Phoenix. Usually my husband drives me as I just never know when the vision problem will hit me. He is out of town and today I got lucky as I was able to read the exit signs on the Freeway. It really tenses me up when I don't know the exits until the last moment. So, today's driving was a breeze. And for everyone that is worrying that I am driving blind (LOL), I really can see the cars.

Armetta

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Thank you all for taking the time to answer.  I really appreciate it.  As far as the night vision, have your eyes tested for cataracts.  That is what happened to me many years ago.  My eye problem is in both eyes as I have tried closing one and seeing if that made a differance.  Today I had to drive to the dentist which is in East Phoenix.  Usually my husband drives me as I just never know when the vision problem will hit me.  He is out of town and today I got lucky as I was able to read the exit signs on the Freeway.  It really tenses me up when I don't know the exits until the last moment.  So, today's driving was a breeze.  And for everyone that is worrying that I am driving blind (LOL), I really can see the cars.

Armetta

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I have had all kinds of problems with my eyes. Since I was very young I have suffered from migraine headaches( usually without the pain). You get an "aura" and your vision gets distorted, it gradully gets worse with bright colors and zig zag lines, usually in one eye only. It is very scary when your driving, you have to stop and close your eyes. I carry medication with me that makes these attacks less severe. I've only had one migraine since going gluten-free.

I've always had sensitive eyes. I suffer from many allergies and they often are very itchy and burn, I have a script for eye drops which helps. When I first started having gluten problems, I would have spots in front of my eyes, the only way I can describe them would be to call them shimmering pools of light in my vision, this was very scary, but cleared up after going gluten-free/DF.

Perhaps you are having a type of migraine attack, if so there is medication available. Have you spoken to an MD about this?

I wish you luck, let me know if you need more info. You name it, I've had it! ;)

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Thanks Judy for the info. I have had migraines for over 20 years (two major head injurys' and both were in the temporal lobe area and on the same side) and when I get them, my vision becomes as if I am looking through a thick water glass. The pain starts after the vision clears, which takes anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. The pain is the worst. I pop a pill as the watery vision starts and it justs takes the edge off the pain. I used to take a terrific pill that literally killed the pain, but that one has gluten in it. This vision problem is nothing like my migraines. I have mentioned to my GP and the eye surgeon and they both don't have any answers. If you know of a great pill to kill the migraine pain, that is gluten-free, please let me know as I see my GP again next week.

Armetta :rolleyes:

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my vision in my left eye has become very blurry in the last few months. I am unsure if it is celiac disease related...no docs believe it is, but no other cause can be found. I've seen optomatrists, an opthamologist and neurologist..... ;)

I also see flashing lights occasionally in my peripheral vision which move along my lower lid. Maybe migraine (but usually no headache), or my opthamologist thinks it might simply be due to aging.(I am only 38!!!!!!)

Hopefully it will resolve the longer I am gluten-free, but only time wil tell. There seems to be so many things that are caused by celiac disease.

Good luck in your search for answers and let us know if you find any... :)

Sue

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