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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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Lyme Disease And The Brain: Everything You Need To Know

Lyme disease was first reported in 1975 in the town of Lyme in Connecticut. It’s a tick-borne illness caused by infection with the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. It has a wide range of possible symptoms affecting multiple organ systems. A characteristic circular rash often develops around the site of the tick bite within days or weeks. However, in 20–30% of cases there is no rash, so the disease must be identified by other symptoms.

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