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How MS effects eyesight

Our eyesight is the most vital of human senses. Being a sensory organ, the human eye gathers information from the environment that surrounds us, with this information then transferred to our brains by the optic nerve. The result of this complex process being the gift of sight. Unfortunately, our eyes can be susceptible to attack from diseases which can cause impaired vision and ultimately loss of sight. iStock-904246150_0.jpg

Many people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) experience problems with their vision and in some cases these visual symptoms are the first indicator of the disease. It therefore follows that being aware of the most common visual symptoms associated with MS is paramount, as it helps us to identify potential issues that require attention and in turn take the necessary steps to ensure we receive appropriate medical attention.

Our recently revised Visual Symtoms Choices booklet provides easy to digest information about the three most common visual disorders that affect people with MS. These are Optic Neuritis, Diplopia which is also known as double vision and Nystagmus. Within this booklet we explain what causes each of these symptoms, how each one can be identified and explore potential treatments.  

Did you also know that eye health can be reinforced by ensuring you consume key vitamins and antioxidants? Our booklet also provides evidence backed advice detailing the foods and supplements you should consume to give your eyes the protection they deserve. Maintaining your vitamin D levels is important for everyone, but especially for those with MS. Vitamin D also contributes to good eye health, and you can learn about the links between vitamin D and MS in the latest edition of the Choices booklet here

You can download or view online our updated Visual Symptoms Choices booklet by clicking here. Alternatively, should you prefer a hard copy these can be obtained via our online order form.