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Janice70
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I have the hardest time reading anything from a book. It's much easier to read on the computer. Anyone else have the same symptom? What causes it?
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sixgoofykids
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On this website everyone breaks up paragraphs into two or three lines. When I was sick, that was how it had to be for me to be able to read it.

I could not read books because I couldn't read all the lines so close together. I think it's the spacing here that helps.

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sutherngrl
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Thank goodness ppl break up everything here.

Even though I am getting better, I seem to have developed dyslexia. I see words, letters, backwards sometimes. I have to re-read everything I write a million times to make sure the letters are in order. Its not as bad as it use to be though.

I don't know if this relates to Lyme Disease or if it has to do with a mood disorder that I have developed.

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Pinelady
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Yes it is eye neuro problems of Lyme. It is sometimes worse than others.

Good supply of electrolytes makes it better. Another symptom is when looking at something sideways such as laying on couch on side causes double vision.

But on upright it goes back to before. This is just a few of the neuro lyme.

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I have noticed that in general, I do much better reading online vs. in a book or newspaper.

I think it is because on a computer, it is "backlit." Meaning, there's light behind the words....and a computer monitor produces a "blue-ish" light, which is the most stimulating I think.

They say because of the blue tone, it will keep you up at night. But I think it plays into our favor when trying to read or do things.

That's my theory at least. Because I always find doing anything cognitive on the computer easier.

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Elizabeth S.
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I think it's because the text in a book or article is almost always black-on-white. But everytime you blink, the afterimage is the reverse, therefore everything is white-on-black (in your brain)... They're the reverse of one another, so things seem to blur together as you're reading and staring/blinking.

I mention because it's stll difficult for me to read online if there is black text on a white background, or vice-versa, like in Microsoft Word or something.

Most online sites have grey or slighlty colored backgrounds behind the text, so even when you blink, the text remains seperated from the background; unlike when you read a book and the afterimage of the text IS the color of the background after you reopen your eyes...see what I mean?

It might help if you stared at something and then closed your eyes to see the reversed mental image (the afterimage)...

Ah, sorry, I tried. [shake]

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I have a similar issue as the OP. I really don't attempt to read anything from books because it is so frustrating. I only read the first or first two sentences of the paragraphs in newspaper articles anymore. Reading articles online is much easier for me.

Pinelady, thank you for enlightening me regarding why I have not been able to lie on my side and watch television FOR YEARS without double vision. Never knew why. I didn't want to tangle with the doctors about it, as I figured they really wouldn't understand, and just reverted to always being upright when watching the TV.

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It's not just the eyes, it's also the ears that are connected to reading. Lyme, other infections and toxicity affects the ability of the ears to balance - and that affects eyes and concentration.

Any medicine that affects the inner ear also affects reading, walking, thinking, talking . . . aside even from hearing itself, the ears are connected to the eyes in intricate ways beyond our belief.

The ears are also the first body system to detect toxicity. That is why balance falters so for those who have MCS (multiple chemical sensitivities). Just a whiff of a toxic product and the ears know it.

You might want to search "NYSTAGMUS" as many here have that - spasms of the eyes. That makes reading very difficult especially if anything moves on the page. Magnesium helps. More about nystagmus - and all this - in the last link below.

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http://www.vestibular.org/vestibular-disorders/symptoms.php

VESTIBULAR SYMPTOMS

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Specifically for LYME patients - lots of details about ears and what can help:

http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=065801

Topic: TINNITUS: Ringing Between The Ears; Vestibular, Balance, Hearing with compiled links - including HYPERACUSIS
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