The Problems of Sinusitis Vision

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Are you worried that sinusitis may cause problem with your eyes? It is a real possibility and sinusitis vision problems are known to happen and even cause adverse complications like blindness! So to help you figure this dilemma out, here's more information about the vision problems that can result from sinusitis.

The Sinusitis Vision Link

The eyes and the sinuses are connected through the nose. Remember when you cry your nose also gets stuffy? That's because the tears actually drain into your nose. Your sinuses do the same. However, when the infection from your sinus starts to spread around the nose, the duct to your eyes also gets affected. If this duct is shut close due to infections or mucus build up, the tears from your eyes can't drain properly, causing your eyes to get watery which can start to blur your vision.

Eye Complications

Of course the situation above is mostly harmless. There are however complications that can lead to more serious vision and eye problems. Some of the sinuses are very close to the eyes. You can check out the diagrams from Medline or the American Academy of Otolaryngology to get a better idea where the sinuses are located. The closest ones to your eyes are the frontals, maxillaries, and the ethmoids which are above, below, and in between your eyes respectively.

Infections from the sinuses can start to spread into other places. Once this happens, complications can occur. Osteomyelitis for example can occur from a spread of the infection. Osteomyelitis is the inflammation or infection of the bone. Because the sinuses are close to the eyes, the bones around the eyes can be affected. This can cause pain and swelling that can start to affect vision.

Further complications can result. If the infection spreads to the eye itself, you get what is called an orbital infection. This can start to really affect your vision, causing loss of eye movement, pain, and even blindness. Some cases of permanent blindness have been reported! Don't panic though… this situation is very rare. Constant visits to your doctor should prevent your sinus problems to get out of hand.

Other Complications

Sometimes the infection spreads to even more vital things like your brain. When this happens, serious complications can occur. The fluid and membrane around your brain can swell in a condition known as meningitis. The brain itself can get infected, causing seizures, comatose, and even death! Before you start to run for the hills, know that these are even rarer so you really don't have to lose too much sleep over them.


Again most of these problems and complications are rare. The usual solution to your problem is just to solve the sinus problems. Most acute cases actually go away with time, even without too much medical intervention. Just keep yourself healthy and hydrated and try to apply some sinus irrigation techniques or steam inhalation. However, if you start to develop a high fever (something above 100.5 F) call your doctor.

If the symptoms start to worsen or persist beyond a month or so, schedule a check up with your doctor as soon as possible. If the sinus condition persists for more than 3 months at a time, you may have a chronic condition and you may need some special treatment to get rid of it. Often though, the eye and other complications are the result of the acute kind and the symptoms from the chronic kind tend to be milder.

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Joseph Martinez was a long time sinus sufferer until he discovered amazing natural cures. After many years of research he shares everything. For more information about sinusitis vision , Visit Sinus Relief Center.


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This article was published on 2010/10/17