• I already wear glasses & have dry eye, has anyone while having chemo started having their eyes get even worse?

    Asked by cris on Friday, November 30, 2012

    I already wear glasses & have dry eye, has anyone while having chemo started having their eyes get even worse?

    20 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I did have some vision issues during the last half of my chemo treatments. Occasional blurriness and just not as good acuity. Doc said it would probably clear up once I finished chemo and it did.

      over 8 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Yep - I developed clear cataracts in both eyes. I had surgery in my right eye (it worked great) at the end of Feb. I was scheduled to have the left eye done in April, the week after Passover. Unfortunately 3 days before the surgery, a Breast Cancer lesion was discovered on my liver during my regular follow scans for kidney cancer. So now my left eye is really blurry.

      over 8 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Dad's vision was more blurry during his last chemo. That was one of his complaints. I wasn't sure whether it was from that or his other medications.

      over 8 years ago
    • JudyS's Avatar

      Yes, I did experience Dry Eye and some vision issues. The best eye drops to use per my eye doctor were Systane Ultra and the Gel Drops for at night (hard to see after placing the gel drops in your eyes). This did help with the dry eye and hopefully it's a quick OTC help for you. If for any reason you are hesitant, I would suggest making an appt. with your regular eye doctor. Best wishes!

      over 8 years ago
    • Mel's Avatar

      Mine were very watery (no lashes didn't help) Blurriness just trouble focusing. I just asked my chemo. nurse last week if get better and when I could get eyes checked told me to wait at least a month. I don't wear glasses all time just for reading and being at work on computer.

      over 8 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      I occasionally have problems w/dry, itchy eyes. My nurse case mgr suggested artifical tears, also OTC. My regular optometrist still wants to see me, as i'll eventually develop narrow angle glaucoma. But we agree I won't be getting new glasses until after chemo.

      over 8 years ago
    • GypsyJule's Avatar

      I'm experiencing dry eyes and changes in my vision too. I work @ a computer all day, so I'm trying to be more concious and leave the screen more often than usual, evenif itstolookaway and blink, blink, blink! I hope it gets better once chemo is done.

      over 8 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar

      I did have my vision get worse while on chemo. I have been on break for 2 months now and can already tell the difference. My vision has gotten better.

      over 8 years ago
    • CountryGirl's Avatar

      I waited to see the eye doctor until my blood levels returned to an almost normal level; for me, this was one year. She said that my eyes were visibly dryer. I do blink a lot. Also, she said to be aware of when I'm around fans as the circulating air will dry my eyes out more.

      over 8 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      Yes. They itched and watered constantly. My oncologist recommended artificial tears. You can use it many times a day. It does finally go away a few weeks after your last treatment. Good luck to you:)

      over 8 years ago
    • nicegal's Avatar

      Yes, I have Sjogrens Syndrome which causes dry eyes and I have to say the dryness has been significantly worse since chemo and two cataract operations. I use Restasis drops, plus ilube and various other drops and gels. You should only use drops which don't have preservatives in them. I also have blepharitis and more drops and ointments for that. I find using an eye pad heated in the microwave helps a lot. I also have real difficulty with glare and wear dark glasses indoors and out.

      I would say if you don't already see a specialist you should request a referral. Good luck!

      over 8 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar

      That is the one thing that never got better for me when I finished treatment. I carry a bottle of Thera tears in my purse and use them frequently. Keeps the blurriness at bay for the most part. I had an eye exam and he said my distance vision was fine, so it must just be the dryness. Weird.

      over 8 years ago
    • LisaLathrop's Avatar

      Oh Yeah....couldn't even read during chemo my vision was so bad! After treatment was over, my eyes were still very dry. Couldn't even touch contacts for 3 years! And my first prescription lenses afterward were bi-focals. Tell me that didn't make me feel old. Now, 4 years in remission....I just started wearing contacts again in March (3 1/2 years after diagnosis) and my eyes were still dry. I was experiencing double vision at times (blinked through it) and finally had a opthamologist look at my eyes...not my regular eye Dr. She prescribed Restasis and said it would be a good 3 months before I noticed a real difference. It's not just the drops though....I use warm compresses on my eyes in the morning (before I even get out of bed for the day), swab the shelf on my eyelids (top and bottom) with warm, slightly soaped water on a Qtip, then use the Restasis. Twice daily I use GenTeal (drops over the counter or Systain) followed by another dosage of Restasis at bedtime. After about 6 weeks I started to notice a difference. Double vision only occassionally now and that's usually at the end of the day when I've worn my contacts all day long. Probably twice a week, I give my eyes a break and wear glasses. Still have those bifocals though....and an extra pair of over-the-counter 5x reading glasses for beading, sewing, etc. Not for reading though.

      over 8 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      Hey, me too!!! Dry eye and glasses, but then I was 62. Six months prior to doctor discovering my Stage IV Ovarian Cancer my Eye Doctor informed me I had macular degeneration.... Causes blindness in the elderly.... My fear of going blind was rapidly slid to the back of the line, when I got the cancer diagnosis. Two years of first the surgery removing all the cancer the oncologist could see, followed by 8 monthss of chemo procedure with I/V and I/P infusions... followed by another 12 months of I/V infusions once a month. THEN I went back to the eye doctor.... After a full and quite lengthy exam... he said. "I know I told you you had macular degeneration... but I can't see a sign of why I said that now"... I asked if Chemo would have changed it and he said no.... Thus turning my future over to God when I heard the Cancer word.... Asking Him to lead me. I maintain, he thought I had to see in order to do what He had planned for me. I'm now trying to spread His Word, here on this wonderful site. I think we all know how much we need Him! God bless you Chris!

      over 8 years ago
    • JudyW's Avatar

      I have been done with chemo for almost 2 years, and I'm still having problems with my eyes. Last spring, the ophthalmologist told me my corneas looks as though someone had taken sand paper to them. I still have serious dry eye issues, and the only thing we can look to is residual effects from chemo.

      over 8 years ago
    • Shoeless' Avatar

      Eye changes are a side effect from chemo. My oncologist told me to expect it and not to get new glasses until at least 2 months after finishing chemo. My eyesight got so bad during chemo that I couldn't drive, but by 6 weeks after end of chemo my sight was back to normal.

      over 8 years ago
    • jamrck's Avatar

      It's possible the chemo could be making the dry eye worse, but it could also be a blocked/collapsed tear duct. This seems to be a side effect of Taxotere in particular. Ask your opthmalogist to check it - this can be done in the office. I had surgery (after the chemo was finished) to open the tear ducts. The right duct is back to normal; the left was much worse and I had a Jones tube inserted. It has helped quite a bit, but some days it waters a lot, especially if I'm more tired or with bright lights.

      over 8 years ago
    • Charlieb's Avatar

      I went through chemo last year starting in December. The worst for me was when it was cold outside. When it was windy my eyes teared up so badly that I couldn't focus. Always carried a handkerchief.

      over 8 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      I had lots of issues with vision towards the end of chemo and months afterwards. I asked my onc and he said not common, but given the chemo I had it was possible. I wonder if its different for different people? After all the issues with my eyes I decided to get LASIK. The evaluation turned out that I had super thin corneas, I'm not even eligible for the more invasive eye op. Anyway, I asked the ophthalmologist if that was due to chemo, he said no. I also described my vision issues, he didn't seem to think they did (the cornea is not vascularized, so it would get less chemo than other parts of the body). After an exhaustive search

      over 8 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      After an exhaustive search on the Internet I found a side effect document for abraxane (albumin coated paclitaxel), that mentioned 10% of patients would experience vision issues. Given that I had straight paclitaxel (abraxane apparently has less side effects) I guess it makes sense I had vision issues. Feel so lucky (sarcasm) to get a rare side effect ( although 10% is not that rare, so I don't know). Anyway no LASIK for me, but I'll try to get evaluated again in case my cornea did get thin due to chemo. Oh and maybe the reason I was more susceptible to,eye side effects was due to my super thin corneas (apparently most of the population has corneas that are good enough for LASIK).

      over 8 years ago

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