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September 3rd, 2010, 06:26 AM
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I'm hypothyroid and they have had a hard time getting my levels under control. Lately I've been on the side of hyper and they just decreased my daily dose from 175 to 150.

But this past month my vision has taken a serious nosedive. So bad in fact that I have gone to the eye DR for the first time in my life for an eye exam and they gave me glasses for work (I work on the computer 8+ hour a day for the past 12 years). I knew this would come eventually, I just turned 34, and have suspected astigmatism for some time. But I've been wearing glasses for a week now and it still feels like my eyes are getting worse.

Would you go see your Endo? I'm also wondering if levothyroxine isn't for me since it's been over a year since my levels have come under control.

I guess I'm wondering how common vision problems are associated with thyroid disease.
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September 3rd, 2010, 07:00 AM
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i would see your endo. I know that people with graves disease (a type of hyperthyroidism) have eye problems. I would think that if you saw your eye doctor they probably wouldnt have noticed the problem though since with graves you often have physical signs. Not really sure about that.
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September 6th, 2010, 01:23 PM
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I'm not sure...I've had great vision my whole life till this past winter and all of a sudden I couldn't see...I actually had to go get glasses and even though my eye doctor told me I wouldn't have to wear them all the time, I can't see without them anymore...I had my thyroid out in October, so i'm not sure if it's related...I didn't mention it to my endo...I haven't had problems with my thyroid levels at all...I would maybe bring it up.
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September 10th, 2010, 09:38 AM
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Have you had your TPO tested to see if it's autoimmune? I've found that even though my levels (TSH, Free T3 and Free T4) may be optimal, I still experience some symtpoms to some degree. It's on a lesser scale but still there. I've worn contacts since I was like 16yo so it's obviously not related to my hypo.....however, it has become worse since then (2003). Another thing to consider is other autoimmune diseases. Insulin resistance is quite common among those with hypo (myself included) and can cause vision problems. HTH!
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September 10th, 2010, 11:26 AM
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Yes, I have Hashimoto's.

I talked to my Endo and she said the sub DR told me 150 but really it's 137, I filled the script so that makes sense, it was 175. She said she doesn't think it's vision related since I don't have Graves but if it gets worse to let her know.
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