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ikam

Has anybody experienced this problem? Does it go away? I have a type of hazy vision in my roght eye...a bit worried about it...

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IndigoEarthling

Ikam, I noticed my vision isn't as good either. I see things much better further away. It's only a tiny bit difference though- maybe I am just getting older?

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ikam

Ikam, I noticed my vision isn't as good either. I see things much better further away. It's only a tiny bit difference though- maybe I am just getting older?

I have to wear reading glasses...this is what I consider as normal...

But this is new, it is a blurred vision in one eye only...

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ikam

Ikam, I noticed my vision isn't as good either. I see things much better further away. It's only a tiny bit difference though- maybe I am just getting older?

  

 

Ikam, I noticed my vision isn't as good either. I see things much better further away. It's only a tiny bit difference though- maybe I am just getting older?

I have to wear reading glasses...this is what I consider as normal...

But this is new, it is a blurred vision in one eye only...

 

I dont know if I should go to have my eyes tested or wait, asbit may pass as many WD symptoms...

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aberdeen

I have an intermittent vision problem in one eye too... it comes and goes, and switches eyes sometimes. Its blurry and feels like theres gunk in it. Then one day its normal. Thats not age related. Needing to hold things further away to see them...consistently... is age related after 40. Im 42 and have this happening...but the other thing is definately wd i think

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ikam

I have decided to have it checked...

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btdt

For a time in wd I had to have my glasses changed a lot too often... I ran out of money and could not afford to keep changing them I don't see as well since... once when I was still taking the Effexor my vision just went bad to a place I have never returned from I needed glasses ever since before effexor I did not need glasses... I have had weird eye issues all through wd... today my eyes get worse and worse.  Not the sudden drop in vision I had when on effexor but a gradual worsening. 

 

When on Effexor I thought I had some real big eye problem as I went from seeing find one day to not being able to see the numbers on the phone the next day... so off to the eye doctor i went and was told it was likely gradual but I noticed it all of a sudden... I did not buy that story then and I don't buy it now...but what to do about it... nothing I got my glasses and got one with it. I don't know how bad my eyes really are now but still I am needing new glasses faster then I can afford them or the testing. 

 

in playing games with a kid I call the pirate sally pete when the name was salty pete good for a laugh if your a kid I guess... 

 

I had on person who was on another board say Effexor cause some type of retinal problem he seen an opthamologist not a the guy who checked you for glasses but an actually eye doctor.  may be worth it for you I can't say.

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btdt

I am reading the RISK site.. now.. since I had those issue years ago I have had more issues and have wanted to have more testing... I have been to a few specialist an ophthalmologist  and asked to see a neuro ophthalmologist he said I would have to go thru the proper channels... so off to the neurologist who said it was not needed.

I had more troubles and at the time it was deemed impairative to see an ophthalmologist again... this time quickly... I was to go back to the one I had seen first but could not get in so was shipped to another town to see a different guy a very old man... who I swear was blind. Since it was deemed an emergency the last time I had troubles I was sent by my gp to a new eye doctor in the same building...ya I know racking up the bucks for the clinic she partly owns... but I have also lost touch with my own eye doctor who I prefer.. l know the last one I seen gobbled up the insurance money and they will only pay for a test every two years ...so he took the cash from the eye doc I like .. will be long before I can go again ... and that sucks. 

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btdt

Not that I will remember this when the time comes but think it is worth putting here the type of testing talked about at RISK it is likely what I need and can't seem to get.

 

"I was given an electroretinogram – ERG. This is a range of tests which examine electrical activity within the eye and optic nerve. It involves looking at flashing lights while wired up to a machine that records the results.

My results showed abnormal electrical activity within the retina and I was invited back for further tests. I listened in to the conversation. My consultants were excited. Although certain genetic conditions can apparently produce the findings they were seeing, my results are unusual and do not directly match any known eye condition.

Comment from the Ophthalmology Department

‘The pattern that AS shows is unusual. He has inner retinal dysfunction – from a change in either his bipolar cells or retinal Muller cells.

Retinal electrophysiology is not universally available. Where it is done, not all centres comply with international ISCEV (International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision) testing standards. This can make results difficult to compare between centres.

A minimum examination should involve an ISCEV standard electroretinogram (ERG) to test generalised rod, cone and inner retinal function, along with pattern or multifocal ERG to test macular function.

If these show similar abnormalities to AS, then we will suggest further, more advanced testing to isolate the problem. We know there is serotonin and dopamine input to these cells so the findings make some sense.

If the screening ERG is abnormal but different, it would be good to get further testing on some subjects to Newcastle for data consistency or to liaise with the ophthalmology department.’

- See more at: http://wp.rxisk.org/keeping-an-eye-on-the-ball-visual-problems-on-ssris/#sthash.BvYz21y1.dpuf

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ikam

Btdt, thank you for your input. I have thought myself that this is related to meds. But it seems I do need new glasses, as I have been struggling...i am also required by law to wear distance glasses when driving...

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Songbird

My eyesight used to be great, now it is terrible.  However, I am around the age when most people need reading glasses, so it is hard to tell how much of my problem is from withdrawal and how much is just down to age.  I suspect it is not completely age-related.  Also, a few years ago I suddenly developed loads of floaters in both eyes.  Again, this is something that is considered fairly "normal", but I tend to believe that in my case it is at least partly SSRI-related.

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MostlyWater

paxil withdrawal has messed up my perfect vision in my left eye.. and slightly in my right eye.. according to the eye doc I have perfect vision yet i know i cant see perfectly.. it all started a few months after withdrawal started.. also im 23 so i KNOW its not due to age..

 

so yes.. paxil withdrawal can mess with your vision

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ikam

My eyesight used to be great, now it is terrible.  However, I am around the age when most people need reading glasses, so it is hard to tell how much of my problem is from withdrawal and how much is just down to age.  I suspect it is not completely age-related.  Also, a few years ago I suddenly developed loads of floaters in both eyes.  Again, this is something that is considered fairly "normal", but I tend to believe that in my case it is at least partly SSRI-related.

I also need reading glasses, but my eye sight got much worse in 1.5year...

I will have new glasses, as my eyes get so tired. It was difficult to drive yesterday...It is problem with focusing and straining my eyes...

I will have my glasses next week...

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HopeNeeded

YES. The vision issues are one of my worst and most pronounced/debilitating symptoms... Been off of Prozac for 15 days and think my vision is worsening (I am 25 years old). I've never had any prescription or vision problems before this. Can't drive at all, nor even read/watch tv comfortably. Help!

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WiggleIt

HAS ANYBODY RECOVERED FROM VISION PROBLEMS AND DIZZINESS?  HAS NYBODY RECOVERED FROM THINGS LOOKING TOO SHARP AND TOO FAR AWAY?

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InvisibleUnless

i had pretty superb vision and hearing until i took meds (like uppermost percentiles of functioning).  after a while on them, and i bet the antipsychotics in particular were a big culprit, my vision, hearing, and cognitive processing of both became impaired.  not fully impaired, but my distanced vision became markedly poorer, and i had to rely on other people to read or point out things that would have been clear before i was on meds.  it was dangerous to drive because roadsigns, especially while in a moving vehicle, were difficult to make out.  my short term vision also became compromised, and using a computer for school and work probably both facilitated and suffered from this degeneration.

 

my hearing has taken hits as well, with decreased frequency response, clarity, and perceptive abilities.  and the cogitative part...thats what got the MOST screwloosed---it got to the point where i could barely understand sentences and phrases as words with coherent meaning.  sound became a blur; even if the enunciation was recognizably a pattern of human speech, it simply held no meaning to me, or i had to sit and struggle and wait for things to catch up (if they would at all).  things like accents, rapidity, volume changes, and locational differences made speech impossible to make out a lot of the time.  it was quite embarrassing, worrisome, and downright prohibitive.

 

it was one symptom among the collection of scarier things that led me to finally tell all the psychiatrists to cram the meds up their least pleasure-associated sphincters despite strong medical recommendations.  but, to my amazement and relief, quitting the meds DID help!  these changes happened so gradually, over the course of 7 years, that i was not certain they were the problem.  i went to over 100 loud punk, metal, hardcore, and industrial shows across those 7 years, did most of my college courses online, had a lot of jobs with clipboards and computer screens, so i was worrying maybe i just messed my own body up---and, of course, doctors and adults would be sure to agree with even the unlikeliest of attribution to anything but medical treatment.  but tapering off the meds, and especially being 100% clean...everything changed.  i started hearing, seeing, and living again.

 

various phases of withdrawal set in immediately and still obscure my senses to alternating degrees on a daily basis, but i saw that, without a doubt, the medications were the issue, and quitting them does give my body a chance to recover.  im having some new, additional problems in withdrawal, like being unable to ascertain the locationality of sounds (and confusing/switching up directionality and such), and having a lot of eye pain, intense hallucinations, etc, so the news is not all good.  however, i think these will pass.  i feel it is very reasonable to say that i will recover my former abilities and levels of capacity, and some days i get a glimmer of how good things used to be.

 

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inclination to edit and add (peeked at that RxISK article): a variety of other visual phenomena also manifested on meds, and after.  a few more important ones to note are: periodic 'mists'/fogs that can fill a room or obscure things, the ability to perceive all physical matter (including air, light, and sound---sound as perceived by my ears) as 'energy waves' (like oscillating ocean waves, very specific in frequency and depth as related to what was being perceived---'matrix vision', if youd like), greatly reduced ability to recognize familiar faces, poorer night vision, and, only upon withdrawal, periodic sheets of red tinting covering my entire view.

 

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WiggleIt --- if you are suffering from dizziness AND increased sharpness of vision (at whatever depth) and/or tunnel vision type distortion, that suggests to me (in my NON-professional opinion!) a possible circulatory issue.  pressure within the eye can bow the focal lens and distort your perception, and dizziness and headaches are most often bloodflow issues, so both of those separate symptoms occurring at once makes me feel more strongly about it.  (separate, especially if the vision distortion was not focused, i mightve pitched an equilibrium problem instead, perhaps---inner ear problems with fluid pressure or sensitivity, or neurological registration of those senses, with or without spinal involvement.)  if there is no circulatory connection, it might be about your processing of the input.

 

both circulatory (which is neurologically regulated) and more directly neurological causes for your symptoms are documented side effects and withdrawal effects of psychotropics, and benzos are one of the most notable classes for vision disturbances (dont remember enough about TCA ADs right now...only took one or two).  your sig history shows youve been through a lot of the terrible brainy stuff associated with discontinuation syndrome...my opinion is that you will recover, but late 2014 is a pretty early quit date, comparatively, and you might be in for a rough ride.

 

other people here, especially in the relevant sections, have more experience and knowledge regarding your specific meds---i only took one benzo, and not long term.  im three years into my withdrawal, but my main issue is antipsychotics, by my own estimations.  i hope thats not a harrowing notion.

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bluebalu86

Are floaters a symptom of AD withdrawal? I've been experiencing them for 7 weeks now. I reinstated 5 mg cipralex but the floaters don't go away. Should I get my eyes checked or is it withdrawal?

 

The doctor says it's not withdrawal and I cannot have a 7 week withdrawal and that he's fed up with me because he wants me to increase the dose of cipralex but I don't want to. What should I do?

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JuliaMarie

Hi, I dont think they are, I have had them my whole life. They are worse when the sky is overcast and I am driving on an open road. Havnt noticed them being any worse from wd. A lot of people say they have hyper sensitive scenses during wd, like sounds and smells. Maybe your vision is hyper sensitive and you are just noticing them more, or blurry vision from wd is making them more irritating. My Dr is awesome!He told me wd only lasts 2 weeks. I told him I felt mine was way longer, and we had a long talk, and he explained how Dr.s have been educated that its only two weeks, but he was not going to discount that my wd symptoms could be longer, and that he would help me through it!! I would go with your gut, and maybe talk to a different Dr. Especialy if he or she is not listening to you.

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bluebalu86

Should I go get my eyes checked?

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bluebalu86

Will this symptom go away? It's been 7 weeks now and it's persisting.

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ten0275

bluebalu86, hi.

 

three visual symptoms presented for me during withdrawal:

 

** difficulty in adjusting to light variations (for example, i would be nearly blind for many minutes after moving indoors from outdoors)

 

** the sensation that my eyes could not accept the input of the objects presented before them: a strained type of feeling upon visual stimulation. pushing a child on a swing would cause great strain on my eyes as my eyes struggled to maintain proper focus on the moving object.

 

** floaters - which for me appeared to sometimes be little sparkling zig-zaggy things, or also bright spots that i could not see through.

 

all of these dissapated for me as my withdrawal symptoms decreased.

 

despite your doctor's ridiculous assertion that withdrawal cannot last 7 weeks, you are very early in the withdrawal process and visual disturbances are not an odd occurence at all.

 

i would say that your best gauge to put your mind at ease would be to question: did the visual disturbances stop after i discontinued the drug? if you answer "yes" to this question, then i would feel comfortable assuming it is withdrawal. and if it comes with withdrawl's start, it will likely go with withdrawal's finish.

 

following through with a doctor's appointment is always an option, but if this is withdrawal-related, your eyes are going to check out just fine. i hope this helps.

 

hang in there.

 

dave

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bluebalu86

Thank you Dave. It all started with the onset of withdrawal on February 16. How long did yours last? I know it's individual I just need someone to tell me something. I can't stand being in the dark. 

 

I'm very desperate with the doctor's incompetence and his dissmissal of my problems and don't know where to turn. This is all so frustrating. 

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ten0275

bluebalu86,

 

you've no idea how many times i've wished i'd journaled my withdrawal day by day so i could remember timelines. but as you aptly pointed out, we're all individual. but i'll give you a general estimate of how it went down for me. i think it was fairly steady from months 1 thru maybe 4 or 5, and then in sort of started to become intermittent presenting only when i was experiencing "waves" of symptoms. i don't think i was really dealing with it at all after the 8 or 9 month mark. that is my best recollection.

 

but to me, you just nailed it:

 

 

It all started with the onset of withdrawal on February 16.

 

that would be an INTENSE coincidence, my friend. it came with withdrawl.

 

hang in there. i know it is annoying as an itch you can't reach to scratch, so just try to bear with it until heads for the hills.

 

dave

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bluebalu86

Thank you very much. Yes indeed, it's extremely annoying. I'm hanging in there and hoping it will subside with time.

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Songbird

I suddenly developed a lot of floaters after several years on paroxetine and a few unsuccessful taper attempts.  I don't know if it was the SSRI, the withdrawal or just a coincidence. I suspect it was not a coincidence, but there is no way to prove it one way or another.  They have never gone away.  I don't notice them all the time, but sometimes they are very annoying.  My general vision has also deteriorated, but being in my forties I suppose this might have happened anyway.  It is frustrating as I used to have perfect vision.

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Jaywill

I just went in for an eye exam and they said I have white circles around the coloured part of my eyes inside indicative of high cholesterol  or a faulty liver and I know my cholesterol is fine. I get floaters too

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bluebalu86

It's my most persisting symptom so far. And the most annoying. I also have eye pressure, discomfort and sometimes pain when I move my eyes. It's really putting me down. 

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bluebalu86

I did some reading and I'm thinking what if the floaters are not cause by the WD (since they are persisting and not lessening with time), but by the 5mg of Cipralex? I read a lot of people get floaters on SSRIs as a side effect. Maybe it could be dose-related and I didn't have them before because I was on a higher dose and somehow the higher dose didn't have them as a side effect?

 

And I was also thinking what if they're cause by the other drug I'm taking and haven't stopped or tapered, which is a low dose of Flupentixol. Maybe they were masked by the Cipralex and now that I have lowered the dose they appear? I don't know at this point. I guess only time will show. When you take multiple drugs and withdraw from some of them you don't know what's causing what. It's so complicated. It's really bugging me because they're there all the time and it's really annoying. I want them gone!

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Altostrata

bluebalu, how old are you? Floaters develop naturally in people who are middle-aged.

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Nathalou

I have developed eye floaters since a week, am in week 4 of withdrawal after failed RI. have never had this problem before, and I am 27. I have difficulty also focusing on text when I read, my vision is sort of like "staccato".

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bluebalu86

I'm 29 years old. I used to have floaters before but not as many as I do now, and not all the time. It didn't bother me.

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someday

About 3.5 months after I took my last Lexapro tablet, I started experiencing a tiny white flash, the size of a pinhole, in my peripheral vision in my left eye. It happens a handful of times per day. The flash comes and goes at lightning speed. Does anyone know if this is a commonly reported symptom of withdrawal syndrome or not? I did a search on this site (using Google) but didn't come across anything similar.

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bluebalu86

I have a ridiculous amount of floaters and my vision is blurry. It sucks, but I found out the hard way that the mental symptoms are waaay worse, so I'm not complaining anymore! I will deal with the floaters until they go away.

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shelby

Has anyone gone temporary blind during withdrawal? Its a new symptom a my eyes keep diming after i do something strenuous

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