Dizziness with Eye Movement


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Oct 15, 2022
Does anyone have trouble with eye tracking and dizziness in the eye when looking to the far right or left? I'm having particular difficulty with my right eye, particularly the sclera (white of the eye). The muscles feel pulled, which gives a slightly out of focus feeling, and soreness, scratchiness and sometimes ache. I have been diagnosed with dry eyes in the past.

A few years ago, I had some kind of medical episode after taking a photo of a sunset - flashing lights, floaters and indescribable symptoms that made my eye feel abnormal. It was eventually chalked up to a vitreous detachment. The acute symptoms died down but I continue to have floaters intermittently. Then they started in my left eye. The eye doctor said it was related to age.

Lately, whenever I turn my right eye to the side and back when I'm combing my hair, I get dizzy in that eye. It also feels like the right side of that eye is hard to steer/focus, like a steering wheel that is off (it's the best way I can describe it). Just wondering if fibromyalgia can affect the nerve endings in the muscles of the eye and cause trouble focusing.
Hi @MissNeverWell

Honestly, I'd get that checked as soon as you possibly can, either doctor or optometrist, and if it relates to the other, they will advise you.

Sight is something where it's way better to be on a wild goose chase than overlook something that may be more serious.

My cataracts are gradually moving to operation stage, but not there yet. I get some odd things, but not what you describe though.

Let's know how you get on.

Take care, hugs 🤗 🤗 🤗
I agree with BlueBells that you need to get this checked out by an ophthalmologist, (not optometrist, as they primarily prescribe glasses and would likely only refer you to the specialist), as soon as possible. This is not something that people report as a symptom of fibromyalgia, and it could be serious. Actually, to my thinking, anything that is affecting your eyes is potentially serious, as eyes are so delicate and so important. Go see someone and let us know how it goes.
Update: Further complications with the eyes resulted in going to a church friend's family doctor, who made an appointment for both of us. Just my luck - the same clinic where I declined the Meet and Greet family doctor because she did not demonstrate any interest in working with me on environmental illness. However, at least it was a different doctor.

So, my eyes: it scared the living daylights out of me when I was wearing my sunglasses and walking to church, during which time I could not focus on objects or printed signs (these were a new prescription). When I closed either eye, I was able to see the object/print clearly, when I kept both open, it became out of focus/blurred. I thought it might be the sunglasses, so when I got to church, I put on my regular glasses and the same thing happened, particularly if I had to look to the right or left. I found it a strange coincidence that this gone hand in hand with the pain in the back of my head, particularly the occipital bone, and dizziness when I moved my eye to the right and back while brushing my hair. Although, I did have some trouble with these non-polarized, darker sunglasses to begin with.

Long story short, after a cursory read of the eye chart, the doctor determined that my vision was fairly good (although I couldn't make out the letters on the second and third lines), asked if the cataract was ripe enough for surgery (it was not that advanced and I could see fully with my prescription glasses according to my other optometrist) and that the pain in my head was probably the neck muscles or fibromyalgia, she was sure there was no tumour or I would have felt it by now, and a CT scan was not really necessary. When I mentioned I needed the ADP form signed for the hearing aids, she did not offer to sign it, just ignored my statement ( should have been more assertive and ask her if she would fill it out for me, but although my friend was with me, I still felt intimidated and invalidated. I even had a USB (I should have just written the questions and relevant information), and she asked if that was the results of the tests, and I said no, so she couldn't be bothered to take and read it. She wanted notes/reports from my previous optometrist but it would have been difficult and expensive to get them, and I just spent $4.500 on hearing aids. She said otherwise, we'll have to start over again. She did refer me to the optometrist next door, however, and the called me today, but it would cost an additional $200+ because my last eye exam was less than 18 months.

In the meantime, I asked the receptionist if I could change my mind and accept the Meet and Greet doctor as my new GP. So she left the message for her, and I have another meet and greet in a few weeks (she could have got me in earlier but the few available slots conflicted with my schedule). Update - I just got a call from the receptionist to inform me that the doctor I saw yesterday referred me to another eye clinic so I won't have to pay a fee, very nice of her.

Oh, I am so stressed out, scared, and now have come down with sore throat and a bit of a cough (probably picked it up from another resident), and the cold weather combined with no hoodie didn't help on our walk up to the clinic yesterday.

Sorry for the vent, but when it comes to eyes I experience extreme anxiety, which doesn't help the symptoms. I had a lie down when I came home and went to bed early last night and did some eye exercises this morning.

I hope you are all doing as well as can be expected, or, ideally, better.