Needing bifocals at about the age of forty is considered relatively normal. My eye doctor warned me of this as I approached that age. But if you are having doubts — go to an ophthamologist!!! It might just set your mind at ease.
I’ve been finally reading up on my disease since my dosage went up to 0.525 mg of Synthroid. I experienced many symtons, such as depression & weight gain, and probably have also experienced some that I didn’t notice (such as personality changes). While reading info in newsgroups and this BB, questions regarding eye problems are mentioned. I noticed my prerscription worsening, even needing bi-focals. I attributed this to my progressing age (41). Is this disease also affecting my eyes?
My recommendation to anyone who has GD even if they don’t have eye problems would be to find an opthamologist who treats people with GD and be examined by them at least twice a year the rest of your life.
If you have poor eyesight you have to be under someone’s care anyway so stick with someone who can cath this promptly and handle it.
My eye problems started with worsening vision, need for bifocals. Maybe that was happening anyway, I don’t know. But when lights at night started getting as big as cars, words on books “jumped” all over the place and the images on TV wouldn’t stay where they were I knew something was wrong. By the time I got a dr. to confirm it, I definitely had double vision. I wish someone had told me the signs to watch for and was monitoring with me. It could have made a difference to be diagnosed more promptly
The Graves Disease Foundation can give you the name of Opthamologists in your area who treat GD patients. You have nothing to lose by seeing them.