Eye symptoms and signs in Parkinson’s disease: Are we asking about them enough?

By Dr Savithri Gunasekera, Consultant in Elderly Medicine and General Medicine, Musgrove Park Hospital

October 2012


  • Commonly reported eye problems in patients with Parkinson’s
    – Blurred vision
    – Double vision
    – Excessive watering
    – Dry eyes
    – Involuntary closure of eye lids (blepharospasm)
    – Hallucinations and illusions
    – Problems with colour vision
    – Problems with seeing movement (underestimate the speed of moving
    – Problems with visuospatial orientation
  • They become more common as Parkinson’s progresses.
  • May affect a patient’s ability to navigate traffic when driving.
Eye symptoms and signs in Parkinson’s disease: Are we asking about them enough?

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