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Forum: Complementary and Holistic Medicine and Treatment — Complementary medicine refers to treatments that are used WITH standard treatment. Holistic medicine is a term used to describe therapies that attempt to treat the patient as a whole person.

Posted on: Nov 19, 2008 11:22AM

MrsTG wrote:

Hello everyone,

I'll be having my last taxo treatment on friday the 21st and fortunately for me no radiation.  Now all that's left is reconstruction.  Can anyone tell me how long after should I wait after my last chemo to get a new eye exam.  My eye sight was really affected by chemo and I can't see too well with my glasses.  Can anyone help of should I just call my ophthalmologist to find out. 

Thanks

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Nov 20, 2008 07:45PM phoenixrising wrote:

Hi MrsTG, I would think you could go whenever you felt up to it.  I think it would be good for them to see what this stuff can do to you. 

Good luck to you

jan

Dx 5/1/2006, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIb, Grade 3, 3/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 21, 2008 12:15PM dlb823 wrote:

Wow!  This topic is so interesting!  I just finished TC 6 weeks ago, and I have felt like my night driving has been affected -- seeing starburst patterns from oncoming lights, and just having a harder time seeing in the dark --  to the point where I'm reluctant to drive at night.  I've been assuming it was a chemo SE and hoping it would go away as my body rebuilds.  But, I haven't seen it discussed anywhere, so was very glad to see this new thread.  I would love to hear from  women who experienced vision changes post-chemo, to find out if they eventually went away, or if they've experienced permanent changes in their vision.   Deanna

"The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears" Native American proverb

Dx 2/1/2008, 1cm, Stage IIa, Grade 3, 1/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 1/3/2014, Stage IV
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Nov 21, 2008 02:43PM Wintermoon623 wrote:

Well, that explains everything!

I didn't know chemo could affect your eyesight but now I know why I am having so much trouble seeing at night.  It seems to be getting worse though instead of better.  I finished chemo at the end of May. 

Dx 10/25/2007, IDC, 3cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 24, 2008 05:18PM dlb823 wrote:

Bumping this thread because I'd like to hear more personal experiences with post-chemo eyesight issues.    Deanna

"The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears" Native American proverb

Dx 2/1/2008, 1cm, Stage IIa, Grade 3, 1/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 1/3/2014, Stage IV
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Nov 24, 2008 06:08PM lopsided_blogger wrote:

When I went for an eye exam mid-chemo, the pressure in my eyes was greatly increased. The eye doctor put me on drops they use for glaucoma, and I took those for a few months. The pressure dropped quickly in both eyes so I stopped taking one drop, then the other, and now I'm fine. I think it was just a temporary thing related to chemo or Herceptin, or tamoxifen, who knows... 

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Dx 1/18/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIb, Grade 3, 3/12 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+
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Nov 24, 2008 08:37PM wishiwere wrote:

I think it might be related to the hormone changes when we get chemo.  When I was pg 25 years ago, my astigmatism changed b/c of hormones, and I couldn't wear my contacts anymore.  Then during chemo this last winter, my eyes actually got better.  Now rather than needing bi-focals I've worn for years, I only need one contact in one eye for distance.  I love the changes it did to mine. I did wait over 6 months for the opthal appt though, and when I saw her, that's what they said they recommend is 6 months wait. 

Good Luck and hope it changed in a good way instead of for the worse.  Might be you need lesser script in them as opposed to more also!

wishiwere~ Path read stage 1C- 1st Primary was IDC w/DCIS 1.4 cm, ER/PR+ & HER2-

Dx 9/21/2007, ILC, 1cm, Stage Ib, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 25, 2008 03:21PM DATO wrote:

I also noticed that I couldn't see as well with my glasses after chemo.  I actually waited about a year before I went to the eye doctor.  Like wishiwere, my eyesight actually improved and my glasses were too strong.  Best of luck to you.

Darlene

Dx 5/12/2006, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIa, Grade 3, 6/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 28, 2008 09:34PM MrsTG wrote:

Thanks everyone, now I know that I should wait a while before getting my eyes checked.

Manon

Dx 2/7/2008, IDC, 3cm, Stage II, Grade 1, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-