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5 Ways Lyme Disease Can Affect Eyesight

Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness that can affect the body as a whole, as well as its individual parts. The bacteria that causes the infection can camp out in tissues for a long time, making it that much more difficult to get rid of. Even with treatment, some bacteria may stay out of reach, biding its time to come back out and cause illness all over again. This is why it can be hard to determine if Lyme disease has been treated successfully or if new symptoms are developing because of an old Lyme infection.

The symptoms most associated with a Lyme disease infection, such as flu-like symptoms, a rash, and joint aches and pains, are often present in early infection. However, late-stage Lyme disease can come with a host of various symptoms that are not always seen in every patient. So can Lyme disease affect eyesight, for example? And if so, how?

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Can Lyme Disease Affect Your Vision?

The toll Lyme takes on the body is hard to quantify. The chronic form of the disease affects all patients differently, often taking a long time to fully manifest. It is a particularly insidious disease in the pantheon of human afflictions, and unfortunately, one that we still know very little about. We know how it’s contracted: through ticks, which transfer the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria as they bite their human hosts. We also know that Lyme is very curable in its acute stage. The problems start when we start getting into the chronic stage. Many doctors and medical professionals are not up to speed with chronic Lyme, which is not even viewed as a legitimate disease by many official bodies. Chronic Lyme disease can affect many different parts of a patient’s body. One of the less explored areas is the link between Lyme disease and vision.

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