Seeing double? Visual accommodations for MG warriors

Seeing double? Visual accommodations for MG warriors 


Myasthenia Gravis affects the muscles around the eyes. This can lead to double vision (diplopia), drooping eyelids (ptosis), dry eyes and trouble focusing. In addition, some of the medications used to manage MG can cause cataracts. 90% of MG warriors suffer from some form of ophthalmic impairment. 1 

Below are practical solutions you can use to help ease the strain on your eyes. 
  • Change all fonts to large. 
  • Install screen reading software i.e. SpeakIt is available for free as Google Chrome extension  
  • Control glare by adding a glare screen to the computer 
  • Install proper lighting, dim lighting will cause strain on your eyes
  • Allow frequent rest breaks
  • Magnify written material using hand/stand/optical magnifiers
  • Alternate covering one eye with an eye patch
  • Use a cold compress over your eyes to ease muscle tension and 'revive' your eye muscles. 
  • Use sunglasses and sun visors to reduce glare 
  • If necessary use Ptosis eye crutches or eye tape to open eyelids 
  • The effect of Ptosis eye crutches
Always consult with your doctor on the solution best suited to your needs. 

Resources: 
1) http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1216417-overview
2) https://askjan.org 

Comments

  1. I found this post very interesting and informative. I had never heard of MG before I started blogging and your post led me to research it. I can relate to several of the symptoms (especially the eye ones). While I doubt I have MG, a lot of those tips will help me as well.
    Lydia!

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    1. I'm glad you found this post useful! hope you can implement the strategies

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