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thecowisback
1 hour ago, Ahms said:

I have some information for you for visual problems and visual snow. I came across a poster by one of the neurologists based in London who recommends Riboflavin/Vitamin B2 400mg daily, magnesium citrate 600mg daily and coenzyme Q10 350mg daily. He has seen some improvement in visual snow in some of his patients by using these supplements. Of course, consult a doctor first before you take them. Also, look at visual snow initiative website - a group of researchers trying to find a cure for visual snow. Visual snow is a potential hyperexcitability of neurons in the visual cortex in the brain. There is nothing wrong with your husbands eyes. It's the brain/neurological problem. Very few doctors or even neurologists know about visual snow or even heard if it. 

Die-hard thanks for that!!!

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direstraits
On ‎9‎/‎12‎/‎2018 at 6:40 PM, gn11 said:

I wonder if anyone has been diagnosed with cataracts. There appears to be a connection between SSRIs and the development of cataracts.

I had a cataract removed in January,the other one is still pretty mild...I am 63 but is it a coincidence that it occurred after taking Paxil and had adverse reactions to it?

IDK.

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Zammo

Found this thread via Google. I am a 20 year sufferer of Visual Snow and all the fun and games that come with it. What AHMS describes is exactly what I have. When my problems began in 1999 I searched all over the internet, and could find nothing, I would describe it as "static vision" to my doctors, along with everything being like I am looking through a window all the time, not quite as clear and bright and crisp as things should be, they shrugged their shoulders. Later I found it to be known as visual snow. (mod note:  please see this post) I have not been on antidepressants but I am due to go on to venlafaxine this week. Can you describe to me your visual snow in detail ? Did it only begin after medication and what dosage ? Thanks !!

 

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Altostrata

Hello, Zammo. Almost everyone on this site has had an adverse reaction to psychiatric drugs such as venlafaxine. This topic is about visual symptoms that started when the person went on the drug or went off the drug and got withdrawal symptoms.

 

Please be aware that your doctors don't know what will happen when they prescribe venlafaxine for you. They are hoping that it will help, but it may not. It may cause other symptoms or worse visual symptoms.

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Winterflower

Has anyone, literally one person had floaters disappear after withdrawal's over?

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Ahms
On 10/17/2018 at 6:38 PM, Zammo said:

Found this thread via Google. I am a 20 year sufferer of Visual Snow and all the fun and games that come with it. What AHMS describes is exactly what I have. When my problems began in 1999 I searched all over the internet, and could find nothing, I would describe it as "static vision" to my doctors, along with everything being like I am looking through a window all the time, not quite as clear and bright and crisp as things should be, they shrugged their shoulders. Later I found it to be known as visual snow. (mod note:  please see this post) I have not been on antidepressants but I am due to go on to venlafaxine this week. Can you describe to me your visual snow in detail ? Did it only begin after medication and what dosage ? Thanks !!

 

Zammo, I developed visual snow after I came off Venlafaxine and not to mention the disabling withdrawal symptoms I had where I was bed bound for months. It's a horrible horrible drug. I would stay away from it personally. Even when I was on it, I had major personality changes. I still have visual snow/staticky vision along with palinopsia (afterimages). It's been 7 months. 

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JasonK

I developed Visual snow and light sensitivity after one single dose of 37,5 mg Effexor XR pill.After 1 year and 2 months I am still suffering.Please stay away from Venlafaxine

 

Is there any member that recovered from SSRI induced visual snow?

 

I am praying day and night for recovery 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

 

 

 

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Ahms
On 1/6/2019 at 7:17 PM, JasonK said:

I developed Visual snow and light sensitivity after one single dose of 37,5 mg Effexor XR pill.After 1 year and 2 months I am still suffering.Please stay away from Venlafaxine

 

Is there any member that recovered from SSRI induced visual snow?

 

I am praying day and night for recovery 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

 

 

 

JasonK, have you tried anything of visual snow? VS seems to be permanent. Along with VS, I also have palinopsia, BFEP, nyctalopia and excessive floaters. All this started when I came off Venlafaxine. 

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JasonK

Hi Ahms,

 

No I have not.I am trying to accept it and hoping my brain will manage to reach homeostasis at some point.In addition, I am following some visual snow groups online, to keep myself update in case of a cure .

 

How many years you were taking Venlafaxine?

 

Best Regards,

 

Jason

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SadDad88

Has anyone experienced extremely dry eyes. It's totally random and has a sudden onset. I don't have any allergies that I know of and it all started after three Lexapro incident. It goes away quickly as well.

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thecowisback
On 6/9/2018 at 12:49 AM, deejay said:

I had a complete visual change on roughly 7th March this year. It is so hard to explain, at first I thought it was the sleeping tablets I had been taken but it has remained the same for the last 3 months. I'm not talking about just being a little blurry, I'm talking a complete and utter change, The only way I can describe it is if I'm seeing the world in 3D. I am also constantly seeing vertical and horizontal white lines in y visual field when staring at a hard surface like the ground or the wall. Dark patches at times which come and go. Light trails. After images. That's just when I'm awake, when eyes are shut I see all this weird stuff also. Sometimes a colour will come which I am seeing while eyes are shut for a few seconds. Asif I'm awake and looking at a bright red surface, but my eyes are closed. If I stare at something and focus on that object, other objects in visual field will disappear/reappear.

 

NOTHING showed up abnormal when I had an eye test a week after it happened so it's in my brain. And if it has remained this way for 3 months, I'm assuming it's permanent.

 

It's like my eyes are straining to see and cannot really focus as well. I have extreme trouble reading now due to this plus concentration issues. it's gotten to the point where I'm just seeing every single individual word

how is your vision now?

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UnfoldingSky
On 9/8/2018 at 10:32 AM, Ahms said:

Has anyone recovered from visual snow, afrer images and dimmed vision? 

 

Hi, I don't know if you are still having this issue but, I had after-images at times that would linger quite a while and they did clear up.  

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thecowisback

how long did it take to clear up?

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UnfoldingSky
20 hours ago, thecowisback said:

how long did it take to clear up?

 

To be honest, I don't recall. It was years ago now I had it, and that time is mostly a blur. 

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thecowisback

it's good to hear that some of the symptoms do eventually go.

 

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Longroadhome
On 10/4/2011 at 12:52 AM, stan said:

hoi Tramond,

 

dry eyes are common symptoms of withdrawal from antidepressants and benzo, i have it and also dry mouth, withdrawal inhibits saliva or/and eyes water; hope it will go away,

Stan did your dry eyes and mouth get better and if so how long did you have it before it went? 

I have had this problem for a few months and it’s very distressing. 

Didn’t have it prior to withdrawal. 

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Longroadhome
On 6/17/2015 at 2:46 PM, katieb said:

I have been experiencing blurred vision, dry red eyes and also runny eyes.The blurry vision is for me the worst.

Hello there did your blurred vision and dry eyes go away ? If so how long did it last ?

i Have this st the moment and find it very difficult to cope with 

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Longroadhome
On 11/12/2015 at 6:18 PM, direstraits said:

my eyes have been terrible lately,blurry ,burning,sometimes I can hardly read this site.I know I've had times where they've been much better(few and far between tho :( ) so must be WD related I guess.

Hello there has your dry eyes and blurry vision got better if so how long did it take? 

Ive had this problem fir a few months .  

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direstraits
16 hours ago, Longroadhome said:

Hello there has your dry eyes and blurry vision got better if so how long did it take? 

Ive had this problem fir a few months .  

Hi,Longroadhome

it turned out part of my blurry vision was due to a cataract,which I think could have been caused by ADs but I still struggle with vision problems after 5 years off the drugs.

sometimes it's better,than worse again.  

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Longroadhome

Thank you for your prompt reply Direstraits. Much appreciated. 

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Alejandro34

Hello I am looking for help regarding my visual problems. I am very distressed, depressed and frustrated about my visual issues because doctors haven't been able to explain them, and I see more visual disturbances appear as months pass, this is very hard to take in, not knowing whats happening or whats gonna happen. Additionally I have been suffering a horrible illness / syndrome since I discontinued Effexor in May 2018, I know its being referred as post acute withdrawal syndrome, I couldn't even write a post until recently but I wont get deep into that in this post, although its may be related. Attached on my post are images that explain some of my most distressing visual problems. 

 

During 2016 while I was on Effexor and Clonazepam I started to notice visual disturbances on my vision field, very small and subtle, something would pop up every 6 - 12 months, similar to the blurry spots on my drawings but very small. I started to blame effexor so I eventually discontinued effexor and keep taking clonazepam ( still taking it ). By May 2018 I was completely off effexor, on May - June 2018 while my withdrawal was getting worse I started to notice bad / blurry vision, coming and going, then problems seeing at night, also the visual disturbances increased in number and frequency. As the withdrawal got worse so did the visual disturbances, on July 2018 withdrawal became unbearable and in parallel vision problems also skyrocketed, I was seeing all type of distortions and stripes on my visual field, all type of small scotomas or abnormal spots, all these phenomena is shown on my drawings that I have attached in this post. The parallel increase in withdrawal with my visual distortions was evident. I also was seeing very distorted. Everything was bent. These are not floaters, these are fixed distorted spots on my visual field that dont move. I was and am also seeing blurry or just plain bad.

 

My vision problems have fluctuated, they did improve then got worse then improved again and now are worse again during the year I have been very ill and still am. Some of the spots or scotomas have remained permanent and some have improved, some appear and disappear others have stayed. While there is fluctuation on my problems the good vision days are in a very low ratio compared to the bad vision days. Many visual problems have come and got better including, visual static, visual snow, after images, things leaving a trail in visual field, bad low light vision, and innumerable visual phenomenon, most of which comes in waves.

 

The main problems that bother me and impair me are just plain bad vision or blurry vision that comes with a sensation of huge eye strain eye pressure and discomfort, and also the visual distortion spots or scotomas on my visual field. I often have trouble seeing, reading, identifying objects but then some days its better, the scotomas remain there. I have seen several specialists, retinal specialists said retina is perfect, same neuro-ophthalmologist said he couldn't explain the issues, Visual field cant detect the distortions because it came normal. I however have trouble reading because of visual issues, have trouble seeing well objects and so on, so its a real problem. I was starting to take on some mental activities like programming but I had to stop on April because of this visual problems got so bad and also severe memory impairments and other stuff I wont bring up here.

 

So There are only 3 possible causes for my visual problems that I can think of:

1) The syndrome / illness from discontinuing effexor.

2) Clonazepam.

3) Just some rare non drug related illness I have.

I need help to understand what may be causing the problems, Please if someone has experienced similar problems and have a diagnosis or know the cause let me know your experience. Also How can I bring this up on the benzo forums ? in case this problem is being caused by clonazepam also I could really use feedback from people that know about benzos.

I appreciate all the help I can get on this.

 

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Alejandro34

 

On 9/8/2018 at 10:32 AM, Ahms said:

Has anyone recovered from visual snow, afrer images and dimmed vision? 

I have "recovered" from visual snow, still comes occasionally in waves but less intense now, often there is no snow at all or i dont notice it. Visual snow in dim light makes it hard to distinguish objects, it has improved dramatically, dim vision also improves, it comes in waves now less frequently. I been having it during withdrawal, got worse when I took a reinstatement dose, now better. After images have improved too, I used to have like 20 images of things in my vision all the time because of stuff i just saw, but it improved a lot, i barely notice it now. I however have other visual issues now, specially just blurry vision in long waves and other weird stuff. In my experience many visual issues do improve, others stay. 

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jeremy1069

This started happening to me a couple months back. I can’t tell if it’s a sinus problem, an ongoing SSRI discontinuation problem, or both.

 

 

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Kronos18
On 8/30/2017 at 1:33 AM, Oran said:

Hello everyone

 

Am I the only one who is housebound by visual symtoms? My visual symtoms are so bad I cannot go outside anymore. I cannot determine depth, light, and everything looks disproportionate, much darker and distorted, too close or too far away. It's like my brain cannot process the input of my eyes and If I walk around outside for more than 5 minutes, all these visual symptoms gets much worse and by forcing myself to keep staying outside my other symtoms such as confusion and brain fog also gets much worse! No ophthalmologist has been able to find anything wrong and I am getting both extremely scared and really, really sick of this. Could this be something else than withdrawal? Some disease? I haven't been able to go or stay outside properly for several months now.. I am 9 months off Effexor..

I can relate, i have some vision issues too.Like things are moving too fast sometimes, laggy vision, blurry, can’t focus, depth vision is low, feeling of vision is not right at all

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ChessieCat

merged similar topics

 

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