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Vision and PD

Vision and PD

What some experts say

As we grow older, it is normal to experience age-related eye problems. These changes are often unrelated to Parkinson's disease (PD). If you are having vision problems, it is important to visit an ophthalmologist for a full examination.


People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) may have a variety of complaints related to their vision such as trouble reading, double vision and dry eyes. While these issues don’t affect every person with PD, it is important to know what the different issues are and that there are a variety of ways to treat them.

M.J. Fox

As people with Parkinson's know all too well, the disease can cause many more symptoms than those that are noticeable from the outside. Some of the lesser recognized ones -- even among doctors -- involve the eyes and visual system. Parkinson's can cause many symptoms, ranging from dry eyes to double vision. Not only can visual disturbances interfere with reading or driving, they can worsen walking or balance problems, and even contribute to hallucinations.

Vision problems can be due to Parkinson's disease (PD), the medications used to treat it, or to unrelated conditions of the eye or eyelid.

Stanford Medicine

Some people with Parkinson's disease (PD) experience vision issues, such as trouble reading, double vision, or dry eyes.    Here are some resources to understand how PD affects the eyes and what can be done.

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