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What are the Effects of

 Multiple Sclerosis on Vision?

Multiple Sclerosis Eye or MS eye Problems

Multiple Sclerosis
 is a broad label, that includes a wide range of symptoms that appear from MS attacking the nerves and causing damage to the nerves, which results in scarring. Doctors have mri tests run to detect the scarring that is a tell tale sign of MS.  The multiple plaques or ms scarring can be present in the brain, on the spinal cord or is present in other nerves throughout the body, which can sometimes include the retinal nerve. Multiple Sclerosis is known for attacking the myelin sheath that protects and insulates the spinal cord, which causes demyelination to the spine, which results in scarring that can be seen on mri test result films.

What are the Multiple Sclerosis Vision problems that can be associated with MS?  Vision can also be affected, if MS attacks and damages the optic nerves.

MS vision problems can include blurry vision, problems focusing double vision, problems with depth perception, problems judging distances, eyes feel strained, foggy vision (you feel like you are looking through a fog), difficulty seeing colors, difficulties defining objects in your field of vision, and dimness of vision.  If the dimness of vision results, this can make it difficult to see light, even if you are in a room with very bright lights. This makes it difficult for you to see light or most other things since our eyes need to be able to register light for us to be able to see.

The ms eye or ms vision problems can make it:

* Difficult reading

* Difficult to watch television

* Difficult to see computer screen

* Difficult to see colors

* Reduces depth perception

* Reduced night vision - makes it very difficult to see at night

* Difficult to avoid obstacles - makes it difficult to see objects for you to avoid walking into them

* Difficult to define objects or faces - Makes it difficult to see definition of anything that you are looking at.

* Eye Twitch MS - this goes along the lines of developing spasms, that are a result of the nerves signals being confused from MS attacking the nerves contected with vision.

* MS eye pain - this can also be present; this is usually an intense nerve pain.

* Damage to the Optic Nerve - this can result in some cases of MS.  Even if there is eye pain present, that does not mean that there is definitely retinal nerve damage to one or both of the eyes. 
Doctors can test the optic nerve to see if there is scarring present that can be interfering with the proper functioning of the eyes. 

* Loss of vision - this can be partial or total lose of vision in one or both of the eyes.  This ms symptom can come and go or be constant.

Eye pain by itself, is not necessarily Multiple Sclerosis, since there are other conditions that can also involve eye pain, but if you haven’t been diagnosed with MS and you have other symptoms, besides the eye pain, you should see a doctor to be evaluated to see if Multiple Sclerosis may be the cause of your symptoms. Doctors use MRI testing to evaluated people to determine if scarring is present in the brain or on the myelin sheath on the spinal cord (this is called demyelinization of the spinal cord).

To compound the MS vision problems, if certain other conditions, like Candida Albicans, are also present art of your particular case of MS, then floating fuzz before your eyes can also be present. Candida Albicans (yeast overgrowth) can also contribute to the vision and eye problems that are already often associated with MS.

If you have already been diagnosed with MS, there may or may not be scarring present in the optic nerve. Sometimes MS brain scarring results from the M S attacking nerves throughout the body, that can be almost anywhere in the body. MS can even attack and cause damage to the optic nerve.

This can either create scarring that interferes with the signal from the brain to the eyes that can cause problems with vision or the damage caused by Multiple Sclerosis can cause the nerve signals to become confused and over stimulated, resulting in MS eye pain.  The eye pain can result, even if there is no visible scarring on any of the test results for the optic nerve itself.

I, myself, first experienced eye pain, just before I was given the Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis. After I was my diagnosis, a retinal scan was done on both of my optic nerves, to see if any scarring was present.  The retinal scans revealed that there was no scarring with my optic nerves.

When I had the scan done for testing my retinal nerves, the test was performed by having me sit in front of a monitor, which had changing patterns, colors and shapes on the screen that were flashing. This was to test the response of my optic nerves. Since technology is advancing so quickly, the test itself most likely is different now, than when it was performed on me.

Can anything be done to help reduce MS vision problems that are often associated with MS? Well, I have tried many things to deal with what I went through. I found that taking the herb, 
Bilberry, helps to improve blood flow to the eyes, reducing the problems with the dimness. Taking the green sea algae called Chlorella also helps with detoxifying and alkalizing the body, which also helps in improving vision.

I also found out within the first few years of my diagnosis of MS, that I had a problem with elevated levels of Mercury (a heavy metal) and taking the 
Chlorella helps to reduce the levels of heavy metals in our bodies, especially mercury. Mercury, at higher levels in our bodies, loves to attack nerves and it can also nerve damage, similar to the nerve damage that occurs in most cases of MS.

Our brains have no way to detoxify for toxins, including heavy metals. Our brains are protected by what is called the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) to prevent toxins from attacking the brain. The Blood Brain Barrier is a membrane that surrounds the brain. If the BBB is damaged, then heavy metals and other toxins can enter the brain and wreak havoc on the brain. Heavy metals can attack nerve tissue and cause nerve damage, with mercury being the worst offender. Elevated levels of mercury, a heavy metal, can punch holes in the BBB, and allow other toxins to enter into the brain. This is not a good thing, since the brain has no natural ways of detoxifying from toxins that can enter the brain, once the BBB has been compromised. This damage to the BBB because of mercury attacking the nerves throughout the body, may possibly set our brains up for the scarring that is seen on MS brain MRI tests, but no one really knows this for sure.

Chlorella can cross the BBB and bind to the mercury and other heavy metals and help to remove them from the brain.  Taking Glutamine and Ornithine (2 amino acids) helps to further detoxify the brain in addition to helping the liver, our body's main organ for detoxifying our bodies, to function better.

Juicing fruits and vegetables can help to alkalize and detoxify the body, which also helps to improve vision.  Juicing carrots,  beets and greens can help to improve vision and help to detoxify the liver.

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