• Does your vision change when you are on chemo?

    Asked by TaraMarie on Thursday, November 1, 2012

    Does your vision change when you are on chemo?

    22 Answers from the Community

    22 answers
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      Mine did but not consistently. Things for go out of focus for a while, sometimes, just for a few minutes, other times a couple of hours or more.....nothing radical, more of a subtle change in clarity. I discussed this with my oncologist and she told me that, while it isn't very common, it also isn't all that rare. Usually it is temporary and goes after after completion of chemotherapy. I don't get the loss of visual focus anymore but my general visual accuity seems to have declined slightly. But it has probably been 3-4 years since I have had an eye exam, so that might have happened even without the chemotherapy.

      over 4 years ago
    • TaraMarie's Avatar
      TaraMarie

      Thanks Nancy! My mom explained it pretty much like you did. However, my sister is worried that maybe her cancer may have traveled to her brain. My brother told her not to worry about it, but again she still is. What do you think? She'll have a CT scan between her 4th and 5th chemo session and my sister wants a full body rather than just her torso.

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      I really don't see anything that would point to a connection between the vision change brain mets. She is probably at greater risk from doing an unnecessary full body scan than she is from the vision issue. But if it will allay your sister's fears, have your mom ask about it and describe her vision changes to her oncologist at her next appointment. IMO, your mom already has enough to deal with without adding to the real concerns or medical treatments than is necessary. This is your mom's journey, not your sister's. I'm sure you sister has the best of intentions, but making up reasons for added concern and treatment isn't the route a cancer patient wants or needs.

      over 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar
      Peroll

      I have experienced a few episodes of alered vision,usually difficulty focusing. I have usually just chalked it up to being tired but it could be from chemo. Colon cancer does not normally matasticize to the brain. I would point this out to your sister and the risks down sides associated with full body type scans. If she still is worried enough to want a full scan then invite her to the next Oncologist appointment and have her discuss the situation with the oncologist to see what he says. I suspect he will recommend against the scan. In the end the decision is really up to your mother. If it takes a full scan to make her comfortable that her brain is clear then it may be worth her peace of mind. The key here is to talk to the doctors, get the information needed to make a decision and then let your mother make the decision and once made everyone needs to support that decision. Good Luck!!!

      over 4 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar
      Lirasgirl33

      Yes, my vision has gotten worse since starting treatment. I heard this does happen. I'm having more issues reading at night (street signs, etc).

      over 4 years ago
    • candy's Avatar
      candy

      I have been on chemo for 2 years now and have experienced a change in my vision as well. I went to see my optomologist and he said there was no point in me getting new glasses until I am done with my chemo, because that will continue to happen. So do not worry I'm sure it's just the chemo. Good look to you and your mother. Stay strong for her because it is the caregivers who inspire us to do better for ourselves. Be patient and God will take care of the rest.

      over 4 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar
      princess123

      My vision is bad to begin with. It did get worse when I was on chemo. I'm on chemo break right now and can tell the difference in about 3-4 weeks.
      If hers is like mine it will get better after her chemo.

      over 4 years ago
    • liznparadise's Avatar
      liznparadise

      I had a change in vision immediately following chemo for a time. I thought that it had made my cataracts worse. Found out it is a reaction to the chemo and it does get better as time passes. Good luck with your journey.

      over 4 years ago
    • Ivy's Avatar
      Ivy

      My vision declined for about a week after each chemotherapy. This was a regular, recognizable pattern. There was enough difficulty focusing that I had to give up reading for that week, but in the two weeks that followed before the next chemo, I could read again, although not quite as easily as before chemo started. Once all the chemotherapy was behind me for about 6 weeks, I had an eye exam and found that I, too, needed slightly stronger eyeglasses. I'll never really know if stronger eyeglasses were due without chemo, but the good news is that it didn't take a really strong prescription to fix the problem. So yes, you probably are seeing the effects of chemo on the eyes, or it could be the effects of chemo on eye muscles needed to focus. My oncologist said that chemo definitely does get into the eyes, so this has been confirmed, and it was not a long-lasting, serious problem, although reading is one of the few pleasures that usually doesn't go away during chemotherapy.

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      Chemo can effect your vision. I developed clear cataracts in both my eyes as a result of my treatment.

      over 4 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar
      Carol-Charlie

      Months before my ovarian cancer diagnosis, I was told I had macular degeneration...(leading cause of blindness in the elderly) I was 62, Then came cancer diagnosis, surgery and 2 years chemo. Yes I did have a bit of blurred vision. My brain (Chemo Brain) caused some fuzzyness of thought) After chemo pretty much snapped back to me. I've been cancer free for almost 7 years, fingers and feet numb, and my eye doctor is still trying to figure out why he saw macular degeneration???? God has blessed me greatly. Take his hand Tara, He'll lead you to where you need to be.

      over 4 years ago
    • TaraMarie's Avatar
      TaraMarie

      Thanks for all of your advice! This is new to our family, so if my questions seem amateur, they are. It definitely puts my mind at a little more ease about her vision. We (our family) is just trying to make sure there isn't anything we don't know and can "protect" her with any unknown and be her voice. We'll bring this up to her oncologist to see what he says, but reading what you all have posted, I think I know what he'll say but that's ok.

      over 4 years ago
    • DonnaP's Avatar
      DonnaP

      Thanks for bringing this up...I've been struggling off and on at work with my vision and worrying a bit. Good to know others experience. I will administer some "tincture of time".

      over 4 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Thank you for posing this question.

      I had no idea of this chemotherapy effect until now.

      Blessings.

      over 4 years ago
    • LisaLathrop's Avatar
      LisaLathrop

      Oh yes...mine did. While I was in treatment, and for a month or so afterwards, I couldn't read anything....too blurry up close. When that finally went away, my eyes were very dry...and I couldn't wear my contacts for about 3 1/2 years after diagnosis. My distance vision was not where it should have been even with my glasses on. Still about 2 Rx off. Finally when I get back to wearing my contacts....I had double-vision! While driving even! Now I am on Restatis....have to warm compress my eyes every morning, clean the rims of the lids with a Q-tip, then put in the drops. Add Genteal drops (lubrication) 2 times per day and then finally at night, another dose of Restatis. After about 1 month on this regime, I'm noticing a marked difference in my vision....no more double vision either. Take good care of your eyes!! And don't hesitate to see an opthamologist...not just your regular vision-tester for Rx lenses.

      over 4 years ago
    • NanaL's Avatar
      NanaL

      I had some vision changes after my first round of chemo & radiation. I completely lost vision in my left eye for about 2 minutes.Then it slowly came back. Right before it happened I had little flashing/wavy lights in front of my eye. It happened a second time, but not as bad. My doctor thought it could have been a small cluster migraine but I didn't really have a headache. That was over a year and half ago and it hasn't happened since. Visual sharpness has changed also.

      over 4 years ago
    • believer's Avatar
      believer

      Hi TaraMarie, I was diagnoised in August and have issues with my eyes since my first chemo treatment. Night driving is worse and reading signs during daylight hours has been affected, but not to the point where I can't drive. My doctor has advised that there is no sense in getting my eyes checked for a new script until after chemo is done because I will only have to get a new script again afterwards.

      over 4 years ago
    • chelspfeiffer's Avatar
      chelspfeiffer

      When i went through Chemo i was on a very high dose of steroids. While taking them it actually changed my vision for the better. I no longer needed glasses by the time i was done, but like every thing else they slowly went back to the way they were. It took me a full year to get back to my regular prescription.

      over 4 years ago
    • drjsfoster's Avatar
      drjsfoster

      Yes, I never needed glasses till my 4 chemo treatment . They started getting blurry in morning then cleared then blurry when I was tired.I finally checked with the eye Dr. and received glasses for reading. But that could have been my age 46! I'll tell you this if you make thru chemo you can beat any illness I never get sick! Not even flu,cold etc. And now I am cancer free 15 years ! (Stage 4 breast cancer) Good Luck and God Bless!

      over 4 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar
      alivenwell

      I experienced extreme sensitivity to any bright light and had to dim the computer screen during treatment. Otherwise, in between treatments, I'm fine.

      over 4 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar
      alivenwell

      After chemo, my eye pressure (I have glaucoma) went sky high. I had to have eye surgery asap.

      over 3 years ago
    • TaraMarie's Avatar
      TaraMarie

      Update: my mom her vision checked after completing 7 mths. of chemo. Her perscription changed, but she has her passion of reading back! Its great to see her have some normalcy back! What a difference a year makes! Last year she was given 2 years to live and is currently cancer free! Keep fighting all and many blessings your way! Thanks for all of your responses!

      over 3 years ago

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