MEA Summary Review: Vision Impairment in M.E. | 05 March 2018

March 5, 2018


By Charlotte Stephens 5th March 2018

A research group at the University of Leicester has recently reported the results of a new study examining visual impairment:

Restricted Spatial Windows of Visibility in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)

Authors: Nadia S. Ahmed, Irene Gottlob, Frank A. Proudlock and Claire V. Hutchinson.

The ME Association is very grateful to Dr Claire Hutchinson (Associate Professor in the Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour at the University of Leicester) and lead researcher on the above study, for the valuable insights she has lent to this summary research review.

Dr Claire Hutchinson:

“[The visual problems in M.E.] represent distinct, quantifiable, clinical features that could significantly improve diagnosis, provide insights into underlying pathology and represent a candidate for treatment.

“Over the last 3 years, we have been studying these vision-related problems in more detail. Although our research programme is in its infancy, we hope that our findings will go some way to helping people with M.E.”

Read the full review online or as a download

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2 thoughts on “MEA Summary Review: Vision Impairment in M.E. | 05 March 2018”

  1. I have noticed that driving at night is very difficult and exhausting for me – I’m only 46, and opticians’ tests only show a slight long-sightedness, nothing that explains the problem. This research seems to explain why. Have others with (mild) ME noticed problems with driving at night?

  2. Driving at night is very tiresome at night since my ME started in 2001.
    Before that, I loved to drive during the night and I often drove 7-8 hours during the night taking advantage of the fluidity of traffic. It was much cooler than driving during the day with traffic jam. Today it is just the contrary. Even without traffic, at night it is extremely stressful; much more than with traffic during the day.
    The same happens to my daughters who both suffer ME since 2001 after several vaccines ordered for my job abroad.

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