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vonant   
vonant

Hi. I'm suffering severely with what I can best describe as severe dysautonomia. I am worried that my extreme withdrawal problems have an underlying agent. That something has made me prone to this dysautonomia and extraordinarily sensitive to drugs, chemicals etc. And that that something might be "visual snow" or "static". I am in contact with one girl from this forum who is having similar symptoms as me, same age as me, was on citalopram like me, and is several years out like me. Turns out she has had visual snow as well since before SSRI's. My visual snow began in my early teens following migraine auras. But it can have many triggers. Some might even have it from as long as they can remember. Basically it is a chronic visual disturbance that looks like constant transparent TV static covering your entire field of vision. It can be mild or severe etc but always there. its a neurological issue and not and eye condition. Anyway, I found out that at least some people with dysautonomia and POTS have visual snow too. This is all very worrying to me.

 

I would like to ask all members here if they have ever heard of visual snow or if they indeed have it. Particularly long term sufferers.

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Chemistry   
Chemistry

I am almost 3 years out and i have VS. I am on the facebook group and have been since it only had around 500 members. For me it all started when i was on zoloft and it slowly got worse and worse over time after i came off cold turkey. I'm coping with it but generally speaking things have only gotten worse in that department and my problems are not only the static but afterimages, floaters, halos, tinnitus, dr, etc. In relation to other people with this condition i'd say i have a classic case and my symptoms are bad but manageable once you get used to the changes. If you haven't been on the facebook group about Visual Snow you should take a look there is research being done about it. 

Im not sure if i have POTS. I mean i might... but it can't be that bad since i've never noticed it to be a major issue for me. 

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AliceBauer   
AliceBauer

I have this too. I've had it for the last 6 months or so and my started while I was on zoloft. I'm one month off of all drugs and I also have the halos and after images as well as trailing.

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Vonnegutjunky   
Vonnegutjunky

I have had visual snow off and on since I was 18 - I'm 42 now- after my last med increase (after an unsuccessful taper) I got it again, ten fold, it's worse in the morning and it is accompanied by tinnitus-

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PapaBear   
PapaBear

I have visual snow since I tapered Paroxetine the first time a couple of years ago. It is relatively mild and mostly visible when looking in the sky on a sunny day. It varies and is definitely connected to the dose I am taking or times of withdrawal.

The first time I visited a neurologist and had an EEG/EMG and some other tests but all without any result. I didn't do an MRT as the neurologist didn't think that it would have resulted in anything either.

Besides I have some floaters but that is pretty normal I think.

Regarding visual snow I read a lot of posts in a forum dedicated to this problem and some of the people there were also taking SSRI's but not everyone.

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SelmaLady   
SelmaLady

Does anyone else see pinpoint black dots floating in and out in vision?  I'll think that I'm seeing a a tiny flying insect and have actually swatted at it only to realize its one of those "dots".  It increases with stress or if I'm outside.  I had this much earlier when I was really bad but it went away.  Now back again.. 

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Petunia   
Petunia

I just found out that those transparent wiggly lines I see, when looking at a bright sky are actually floaters. I first noticed them shortly after stopping Lexapro.  Seeing as I don't spent much time staring at the sky, it doesn't bother me, but I did wonder what they were, now I know.

 

I did a google image search for floaters and was surprised to see mine, I thought they always appeared dark, but apparently not.

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bluebalu86   
bluebalu86

I see floaters ALL the time. I first got them when withdrawal hit me in February. There has been no improvement for 10 months. I haven't been to the eye doctor about it. I hope they go away. They certainly aren't the worst symptom, but they're annoying. 

When I made the 50% cut off Fluanxol I had other vision problems which are hard to describe. I lost focus in my eyes and couldn't read or write and I experienced something like white flashing disco lights when looking at my computer screen. So definitely withdrawal related.

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direstraits   
direstraits

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.

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NoMeaning25   
NoMeaning25

Question is does it ever go away or is this something that sticks forever

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NoMeaning25   
NoMeaning25

This is a description of what i have:

Blurred vision that doesn’t seem to be picked up in a standard eye test, Difficulty recognizing people at a distance or reading signs/posters, Reduced vision in low lighting, Bright lights remaining as after-images for much longer than normal, When I look at a plain background – say a wall – in low light it can seem to show a speckled haze or visual snow or graininess (This is a huge problem for me), Heat Wave vision, Millions of eye floaters, Jumpy vision, Painful eyes, Very high pressure readings, Colours are a lot brighter than they should be

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starcontrol2   
starcontrol2

My visual symptoms started while on Lexapro and has been the most consistent and troublesome.

 

While on lexapro I have developed tonn of floaters and my vision being weird. It is not double vision, it is not blurry vision. My eyes are absolutely fine(had them checked out), I can see very well.

But it feels like as though my visual processing is slow, like playing a video game on a delay. Combined with brain fog and I feel brain damaged. I feel like I am drunk all the time.

 

When I dropped 10mg to 5mg lexapro(last year) it went away but it came back a few months later and haven't let up since. I do have days or part days where it substantially or somewhat eases but never 100%, when that happens it truly feels like a miracle but sadly it doesn't happen consistently or very often but it does happen. I have a little bit of grainy, snowy type of effect when I look at white wall or the sky.

 

This symptom has affected me immensely, truly believe in my heart that it is lexapro but in my head I don't know what to believe. Driving a car is hard, I have to be very careful but I have done this for a very long time....

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youngguy   
youngguy

How many of you developed floaters while being on SSRI withdrawal? I'm on withdrawal from more than 3 years, and I have some eye floaters. They're not too big, I can see clearly but they're very annoying and they distract me a lot. I think that it was related to SSRI withdrawal. 

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flong   
flong

As far as I know everybody has eye floaters. I've had them since I was a kid. They're just there. It's when they become distracting or you're getting "flashing" that it becomes a problem. I am going through SNRI withdrawal but I haven't noticed an increase personally.

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LexAnger   
LexAnger

I had them in my early days of taking lexapro. I was on and off the drug frequently those years and had floaters couple times then, must be when I stopped short term. They never came back since I stayed on the drug continuously and even during my taper.

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starcontrol2   
starcontrol2

I have developed floaters while on Lexapro.

I know everyone has floaters but their number has dramatically increased in a very short time

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Fedup   
Fedup

I currently have one it appeared when I started tapering off Pristiq three weeks ago. Hopefully it will go away in the near future as it can be annoying

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IHadPassion   
IHadPassion

This is a common occurrence with people who have taken SSRIs/SNRIs and got off them quickly.  Prior to taking Paxil I had perfect vision, 20/15 no noticeable eye floaters.  Fast forward to today, a year after coming off Paxil and I have developed a light sensitivity, tens if not hundreds of floaters, a couple black splotches,  and am having difficulty focusing. Buried somewhere in SA's forums is a link to a university that has done research on drug toxicity and damage to the eye. 

 

For those who say or claim floaters "disappear"  that's physically impossible.  You may notice them less as you get used to them, but they don't disappear.  I'm of the thinking that it's mild retinal damage due to drug toxicity.  

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youngguy   
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This is a common occurrence with people who have taken SSRIs/SNRIs and got off them quickly.  Prior to taking Paxil I had perfect vision, 20/15 no noticeable eye floaters.  Fast forward to today, a year after coming off Paxil and I have developed a light sensitivity, tens if not hundreds of floaters, a couple black splotches,  and am having difficulty focusing. Buried somewhere in SA's forums is a link to a university that has done research on drug toxicity and damage to the eye. 

 

For those who say or claim floaters "disappear"  that's physically impossible.  You may notice them less as you get used to them, but they don't disappear.  I'm of the thinking that it's mild retinal damage due to drug toxicity.  

 

It's caused by oxidation. I've found a medicine that is able to prevent eye floaters. It's called vitreoxigen in Europe, and it contains potassium, magnesium, carnitine, B2, B1, B6 and B12 vitamin, arginine and many other substances. So it probably means that SSRIs causes a deficit of some of these substances. 

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Toulouse   
Toulouse

I've read about people having vision troubles and eye floaters in WD.  I have noticed more floaters since last week, and wondering if this is something I should check out or if it's just par for the course in terms of WD.  Has anyone else here dealt with floaters and did they eventually subside? 

 
Seems every other week a new WD symptom pops up for me (almost 6 months off of Paxil soon).

Thanks

 

 

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IHadPassion   
IHadPassion

At about month 8 I had a sudden increase in floaters and blurred vision that has not subsided, but has stabilized.  I also became very sensitive to light and computer/tv screens.  I've managed to mitigate the effects with a pair of prescription computer glasses that have a small correction and have and anti-glare coating.   

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greentrain   
greentrain

Yes. Lots of vision and eye floater troubles. Never had before withdrawal.

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ThoughtTree   
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Yes. Mine started at about a month off and has gradually gotten worse now at a year. There was a short period of time where it seemed stable.

In my case it could just be the current wave that has made it worse. I went to see a specialist about it a few months back, he said they would go away eventually. I am still waiting.

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Dan998   
Dan998

I think the floaters were always there. It's just that we are super-sensitive in withdrawal and notice them more.

 

I definitely remember having floaters as a child, I called them eye worms.

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flong   
flong

My strong belief is that when we're in withdrawal we notice them more, just like Dan998 and a few others said.

When you really look into what floaters actually are, they are in fact always there.

But when our systems are in a sensitive state, things like floaters become front and center for some reason.

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Purplestars22   
Purplestars22

Today I experienced a new bizzare wd symptom which was having a purplish eyesight for some time throughout the day. It was quite terryfying to say the least I felt very out of it and felt like I was loosing it. I hope this will pass soon and it was because of the bad wave that I am in.

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Irvingkirsch   
Irvingkirsch

Hi, I have had blurry vision and sometimes even complete tunnel vision over the course of many months since I've withdrawan from a few different medications. The blurry/tunnel vision seems to be tied to my total sleep time from the previous night. The fewer hours I sleep, the worse the tunnel/blurry vision is. Is this a symptom of sleep deprivation or withdrawal? I've also become dizzy every time I stand up. Has anyone else experienced these things?

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Kevroeques   
Kevroeques

Hey Irving!  I'm sorry you're going through this.  I don't really have any advice, but I know relating can help to show that your symptoms, although harsh and scary at times, are not unique and therefore most likely induced by withdrawal and/or sleep problems.

 

I started having strained/blurry vision shortly after starting taking Lexapro, and it seems to have worsened after stopping CT.  It has even gotten to points where I feel pressure behind my eyes, and my left eye hurts slightly when I move it far in any direction.  I have expressed this and a some people came up to let me know it's very common in AD WD, so I hope that can cull some of your worry.  Keep in mind also that it's allergy season in the USA- and even if you don't have serious allergies, pollen levels can still cause pressures and distress in your sinus/eyes/ears.  WD can cause anxiety and make us hyperaware of how our bodies are feeling, so we may become more sensitive to things that have never bothered us before.

 

I've recently gone from having the "I can't get to sleep" version of insomnia to the "I can't STAY asleep" version, and my eye problems and dizziness have also become severe at the same time.  Lack of good sleep, especially in close proximity between instances, is so exhausting on the body and brain.  I was scared by my new symptoms because they went from being sporadic to being every day after my sleep went south.  I had a dizzy spell that lasted 8 days before it let up, and my eyes are still bothering me.  I went to a neurologist recently for other concerns, but I mentioned my eyes and the vision distortions and pressure.  He took a non-invasive look and deciphered that there was no extraordinary pressure in my eyeball, and that my visual coordination reactions were fine.  I plan on having an eye doc of some sort look at my eyes soon (because I am due for new specs) but having even a quick look by a skilled doctor was enough to take the immediate worry away from the possibility that my eyes were damaged or degenerating.

 

The dizziness has since largely subsided, and I finally slept a full night last night for the first time this week.  Here is my advice to you:

 

I personally know that worry is impossible to avoid (I suffered panic disorder and anxiety prior to taking AD meds and coming off them), but let it lead you to answers.  Go to a doctor if you haven't already and tell them in detail what you're feeling.  Get a good feel for whether or not the doc is being thorough, and trust their opinion.  If you feel something was missed/not properly addressed, go for a follow up or a different doctor for their opinion.  This will give you the ultimate peace of mind.  If something must be addressed, guess what?  You just got yourself on the path to addressing it.  Likely, everything will come up fine and you'll be able to calmly give your body and brain time to readjust.  When you are dealing with discomfort and distortions, waiting can be hard enough by itself- but waiting with questions and worries that aren't yet answered can cause havoc on your stress levels, which are no doubt already at their limit from WD.

 

Once you can clear your plate, you can concentrate on stabilizing your sleep habits.  I unfortunately have no advice for this, because I'm currently going through sleep issues and the solution will probably be very different for every person who goes through it.  Take a look around the forum and look for suggestions.  There are many people here who have been through the paces and likely have methods that you can try. 

 

Good luck and feel better.  Feel free to post any changes/updates or concerns and we'll keep the convo going.

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Irvingkirsch   
Irvingkirsch

Hey Irving!  I'm sorry you're going through this.  I don't really have any advice, but I know relating can help to show that your symptoms, although harsh and scary at times, are not unique and therefore most likely induced by withdrawal and/or sleep problems.

 

I started having strained/blurry vision shortly after starting taking Lexapro, and it seems to have worsened after stopping CT.  It has even gotten to points where I feel pressure behind my eyes, and my left eye hurts slightly when I move it far in any direction.  I have expressed this and a some people came up to let me know it's very common in AD WD, so I hope that can cull some of your worry.  Keep in mind also that it's allergy season in the USA- and even if you don't have serious allergies, pollen levels can still cause pressures and distress in your sinus/eyes/ears.  WD can cause anxiety and make us hyperaware of how our bodies are feeling, so we may become more sensitive to things that have never bothered us before.

 

I've recently gone from having the "I can't get to sleep" version of insomnia to the "I can't STAY asleep" version, and my eye problems and dizziness have also become severe at the same time.  Lack of good sleep, especially in close proximity between instances, is so exhausting on the body and brain.  I was scared by my new symptoms because they went from being sporadic to being every day after my sleep went south.  I had a dizzy spell that lasted 8 days before it let up, and my eyes are still bothering me.  I went to a neurologist recently for other concerns, but I mentioned my eyes and the vision distortions and pressure.  He took a non-invasive look and deciphered that there was no extraordinary pressure in my eyeball, and that my visual coordination reactions were fine.  I plan on having an eye doc of some sort look at my eyes soon (because I am due for new specs) but having even a quick look by a skilled doctor was enough to take the immediate worry away from the possibility that my eyes were damaged or degenerating.

 

The dizziness has since largely subsided, and I finally slept a full night last night for the first time this week.  Here is my advice to you:

 

I personally know that worry is impossible to avoid (I suffered panic disorder and anxiety prior to taking AD meds and coming off them), but let it lead you to answers.  Go to a doctor if you haven't already and tell them in detail what you're feeling.  Get a good feel for whether or not the doc is being thorough, and trust their opinion.  If you feel something was missed/not properly addressed, go for a follow up or a different doctor for their opinion.  This will give you the ultimate peace of mind.  If something must be addressed, guess what?  You just got yourself on the path to addressing it.  Likely, everything will come up fine and you'll be able to calmly give your body and brain time to readjust.  When you are dealing with discomfort and distortions, waiting can be hard enough by itself- but waiting with questions and worries that aren't yet answered can cause havoc on your stress levels, which are no doubt already at their limit from WD.

 

Once you can clear your plate, you can concentrate on stabilizing your sleep habits.  I unfortunately have no advice for this, because I'm currently going through sleep issues and the solution will probably be very different for every person who goes through it.  Take a look around the forum and look for suggestions.  There are many people here who have been through the paces and likely have methods that you can try. 

 

Good luck and feel better.  Feel free to post any changes/updates or concerns and we'll keep the convo going.

 

Hi, thanks so much for the advice. It's good to know that others have had similar symptoms. I also have the same type of insomnia. It's refered to as "sleep maintenance insomnia" by doctors. It's the worst. I'd much rather have trouble falling asleep than sleeping for an adequate amount of time. The effects of sleep deprivation are unbearable. 

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KayBee01   
KayBee01

I am having visual problems since tapering off Celexa. I was on Celexa for about 8 yrs and it's been 3 months since I tapered off completely. My eyes don't seem to focus well...kind of pulling all the time. Will anything help this? Do allergy pills or decongestants or gravel..anything...help this?

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genlady   
genlady

When I first taper I have little white spots in my vision, can hardly see through them, and sensitive to light. Now about two weeks later my vision is blurry to the point of seeing double. It's time for my annual eye exam but I'm not going until the withdrawals let up. I'm in day 28 of my taper and I don't see an improvement.

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Junglechicken   
Junglechicken

This is a description of what i have:

Blurred vision that doesn’t seem to be picked up in a standard eye test, Difficulty recognizing people at a distance or reading signs/posters, Reduced vision in low lighting, Bright lights remaining as after-images for much longer than normal, When I look at a plain background – say a wall – in low light it can seem to show a speckled haze or visual snow or graininess (This is a huge problem for me), Heat Wave vision, Millions of eye floaters, Jumpy vision, Painful eyes, Very high pressure readings, Colours are a lot brighter than they should be

This is exactly what I have been experiencing NoMeaning25.

 

My vision seemed to suddenly deteriorate, especially reading anything at a distance.

 

If you don't mind my asking, how old are you? I am 42, and I have wondered if it's an age thing.

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genlady   
genlady

 

This is a description of what i have:

Blurred vision that doesn’t seem to be picked up in a standard eye test, Difficulty recognizing people at a distance or reading signs/posters, Reduced vision in low lighting, Bright lights remaining as after-images for much longer than normal, When I look at a plain background – say a wall – in low light it can seem to show a speckled haze or visual snow or graininess (This is a huge problem for me), Heat Wave vision, Millions of eye floaters, Jumpy vision, Painful eyes, Very high pressure readings, Colours are a lot brighter than they should be

This is exactly what I have been experiencing NoMeaning25.

 

My vision seemed to suddenly deteriorate, especially reading anything at a distance.

 

If you don't mind my asking, how old are you? I am 42, and I have wondered if it's an age thing.

 

Hi, I'm 63 years old.  My vision has been fine until I started going off of anti depressants.   The blurred vision comes and goes, which tells me it is withdrawals.  

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Junglechicken   
Junglechicken

 

 

This is a description of what i have:

Blurred vision that doesn’t seem to be picked up in a standard eye test, Difficulty recognizing people at a distance or reading signs/posters, Reduced vision in low lighting, Bright lights remaining as after-images for much longer than normal, When I look at a plain background – say a wall – in low light it can seem to show a speckled haze or visual snow or graininess (This is a huge problem for me), Heat Wave vision, Millions of eye floaters, Jumpy vision, Painful eyes, Very high pressure readings, Colours are a lot brighter than they should be

 

This is exactly what I have been experiencing NoMeaning25.

My vision seemed to suddenly deteriorate, especially reading anything at a distance.

If you don't mind my asking, how old are you? I am 42, and I have wondered if it's an age thing.

Hi, I'm 63 years old.  My vision has been fine until I started going off of anti depressants.   The blurred vision comes and goes, which tells me it is withdrawals.

Genlady - have you had to get glasses? I'm seriously thinking of getting some.

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genlady   
genlady

I've had vision problems from the beginning of my taper up until now.  I especially have blurred vision at night when I have been reading or using my eyes all day.  I also have snowy spots I have to see through.  I notice them more when I'm outside and look at the sky.  I'm hoping it will go away the longer I don't taper until after surgery. 

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Junglechicken   
Junglechicken

Genlady - I have the same issues as you. And my vision has only started declining in the last 2 months.

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