Parkinson's Disease: Twice as Much to See
May 16, 2016 6:31am CST
Friday morning we had an appointment to see my husband's neurologist. It is his regular every 6 months visit. He has been having issues with double vision. The doctor has now said that he can not drive, at east until we see a neuro-opthamologist. He also had to go and get some blood work done and schedule an MRI. They have no idea why he is having double vision but they are going to try to determine the reason. It is rather odd, it only happens in the car when he looks long distance at objects. Items that are closer to him do not double. We tested it ourselves and have determined it is his right eye since if he keeps the right eye closed it doesn't happen. Our friend Jeff is an optometrist. We were playing dominos with them Saturday night and we asked him about. He had a lot of suggestions for what might be the cause but he asked us to bring in his glasses today and his office will check the lenses to make sure the prescription is correct. Jeff did Al's last exam but we did not have his office make the glasses like we usually do, Al went to his old place of employment which has an optical office for employees which is a lot cheaper. Maybe cheaper wasn't better or it could be the muscle in his eye, sort of a lazy eye thing and since Parkinson's does affect muscles it does have us wondering. In the mean time I am now the driver and I have no navigator lol There are many more things about having Parkinson's that we are learning as we go along. It is a very comprehensive disease and so much more than just tremors which he doesn't even have!!
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16 May 16
From my work experience with the elderly, although it was many years ago, I am aware of the many facets of parkinsons. And of course back then you just watched as someone's abilities diminished because this disease had not been thrown into the limelight and there had not been the research that has been done since then. I pray that your husband's parkinsons goes into remission and that you can grow into your new role as the driver of you and Mr Al. Thankfully you have a very supportive family, and those grandsons will only get more and more attentive as you and your hubs need them.
• United States
17 May 16
bless y'all's hearts. i'm sure such's quite frightenin' 'n i hope that the tests show nothin' drastic amiss. yes ma'am, there's many aspects to parkinson's that many folks don't associate with such...'s with many diseases. sendin' big hugs!
• United States
18 May 16
I am sorry to hear that your hubby has Parkinson's. I am very glad to hear that he doesn't have the tremors. I'm sure this can be a very devastating disease in many ways. I hope you find that the double vision can be corrected!
• Atlanta, Georgia
17 May 16
I have a problem with double vision. As with your husband, it's usually at longer distances. I have no trouble with reading. My eye doctor told me the muscles around my eyes are getting weak and there's no help for it. I don't have Parkinson as far as I know.