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TweetyRose   
TweetyRose

But people do get out of this? It just feels so permanent when you are dealing with it on a daily basis. These floaters are killing me and I feel like they will never leave. All I hear from people is "they are natural, you just have to get used to them."

 

The doctor doesn't see any floaters or anything wrong with my eyes. They started over night when I began to taper. It has to be the drugs! The only reason I was put on it was because my doctor kept trying to convince me that I had migraines, which I never did. My only problem was VN. When I said I felt fine on the drug, I meant I had no side effects. Once I started getting better with VRT, I decided I no longer needed the drug. Plus my doctor was not monitoring me at all.

 

When I would see him after a few month he would just say "Try going up to 75mg...now 100mg..." I didn't have migraines or anxiety problems so why stay on it? Plus I had multiple other doctors giving me other drugs all at the same time. None of them thought this was strange or weird. I am not even close to bedridden. My sleep is good and I work full time. My balance was great for about a month or so while off these drugs too. The only thing I really noticed once I started tapering was the eye floaters which is very, very common with AD withdrawal.

 

They are not "real" floaters which everyone suggests. Bunches of them showed up over night within days of my taper. I am young and healthy with no eyes issues whatsoever. I have seen the Opthamologist twice and he had done thorough checks both times. He says my eyes are perfect and he sees no floaters or other issues. I DO NOT have migraines.

 

I know I have/had VN because my gaze stability has greatly improved with VRT. I had weeks where I didn't think about my VN or imbalance. I really thought I turned the corner. I know these drugs did something to my Nervous System because I can't walk outside without being blinded by the sun and seeing black and clear objects floating all over the place as well as visual snow.

 

My biggest problem now is the chicken and the egg. Am I having vestibular problems or withdrawal problems. Is one causing the other? As far as any other drugs, there was a time about 10 years ago when I used Zoloft for about 2 years. In my late teens I would get terrible nervous stomachs and throw up a lot. I had no problem on Zoloft or getting off. I came off of it because I outgrew my anxiety problem. I was anxiety and drug free for about 5 to 6 years. The only reason I started trying these other drugs was because I could not figure out my vestibular problem.

 

Also, walking around dizzy all day and not knowing the problem did create some anxiety, so the Nortrip did help me. But once I started to get my balance back and more confident I decided I wanted to be drug free.

 

Other than the vestibular and withdrawal symptoms causing some depression and anxiety now, I don't have any "real" depression or anxiety. I love my job. I love my wife and family. Everything is good. I just want to feel normal again and it has been a year and a half since I felt that way. I am scared I will never feel like my old self again. I cannot stress enough that this vestibular problem has nothing at all to do with anxiety or depression. It is real. I had testing done three times showing that I had severe loss of my input on my right side. I have almost conquered this problem which is why these floaters and eye problems that seem like something so minor to many people on this site are such a big deal to me.

 

I had 16 months where I couldn't walk or think straight, now I got these things that affect me every second my eyes are open. I am content now that this problem is here and may be here for awhile, but I would feel way better if I knew these problems were normal for someone in my situation and will eventually get better and go away. Thank you for your time everyone, I am really having a hard time right now.

Has your vision improved? I am having the same problem.

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Junglechicken   
Junglechicken

Hi Tweety,

 

I went for an eye test last week, and found out that I am a bit short sighted.

 

Before WD, I had no vision issues at all.

 

Now I will have to wear glasses for driving and just generally reading things at distance.

 

JC

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Rusty1   
Rusty1

Got a prescription from my eye doctor and am having a terrible time adjusting to it. I haven't been able to wear the glasses yet. The first couple of times I would wear them for an hour or two and then be dizzy for days afterwards. Took a break from trying. Tried again the other day...well only put them on for 10 seconds...and have been dizzy for 3 days.

 

Probably not a coincidence that my withdrawal symptoms are fairly bad, lots of derealization before trying the glasses.

 

Had an interesting memory in that I wore an old pair of prescription sunglasses over the summer and had no issues, but had issues with my new or old glasses. I did read something that it could be the amount of light being let in, which is why the sunglasses didn't cause problems.

 

Any thoughts, opinions, or similar issues?

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anongrl5590   
anongrl5590

Hi everyone - 

 

has anyone experienced any dimming or (if I can describe it) black curtains that sort of blink into vision and blink away? It's weird because I've intermittently have had like a black filter in my vision but it goes away after a millisecond!

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ImadB   
ImadB

Hello everyone,

 

I have a quick question to you all:

 

Ever since I took my last pill of effexor, my vision has slowly but surely deteriorated. Today, my vision is not only blurred but I am also having problems with depths, colors, scope and contrasts. I have met an ophthalmologist but she could find nothing wrong. Symptoms have become worse for each month - is this common? and/or should I be worried?

 

It's my eye symptoms that are the worst and I'm really worried - please reply to this post if you know anything about this or have any good information. Big hug, thank you in advance.

 

 

Imad

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powerback   
powerback

Hello everyone,

 

I have a quick question to you all:

 

Ever since I took my last pill of effexor, my vision has slowly but surely deteriorated. Today, my vision is not only blurred but I am also having problems with depths, colors, scope and contrasts. I have met an ophthalmologist but she could find nothing wrong. Symptoms have become worse for each month - is this common? and/or should I be worried?

 

It's my eye symptoms that are the worst and I'm really worried - please reply to this post if you know anything about this or have any good information. Big hug, thank you in advance.

 

 

Imad

hi, I had blurred vision and peripheral issues  a couple of times the last year and it seems ok now for months ,I would suggest the fact u seen a specialist and they didn't find anything go with what they say for now  ,please don't panic ,maybe journal every time it happens,i never panicked when this happened and this helped loads for me .I even waited one day at work for 20 minutes until it passed and then got on with the day .

 

the brain gets so disruptive with these drugs  its a minefield .it can be stressful but please try not t worry yourself sick .

Take care  

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marx   
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It's been around 2 months since I went CT off valdoxan, and one of the worst symptoms that has been constant is blurry vision in both eyes. It's not getting worse, but not improving either. Symptoms like nausea, loss of appetite, or even the brain fog, come and go, but having blurred vision feels like being scarred for life, like it will never be the same again - my eyes were perfect just 3 months ago! Has anyone had this and does it get better? Everyday I'm having mini panic attacks and obsessive thoughts about this. :(

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SidTheButterfly   
SidTheButterfly

Hi everyone.

 

I'm not sure where this fits, but I have a new issue in WD I haven't experienced before. I feel like the world is eery, nothing is aesthetically pleasing - especially in man-made settings (guessing the artificial light doesn't help).

 

It feels as though the light in my eyes has been dimmed and all the shades of colour I see are "dull" and somehow really "off" and sickening. A permanent twilight in my mind. Visual nausea. I immediately spot imperfections in say furniture or my cupboards or floors, and fixate on them. I don't feel like cleaning or sewing or knitting, because I feel rage at the imperfection of everything physical around me. It's extremely crippling.

 

I live alone, and the simple act of washing the dishes is almost unbearable because of the way the light is perceived by my brain and how ugly the sink and dishes look.

 

I think being alone and engaging in mundane / routine tasks as well as the lighting inside compound this perception issue for me. I also feel overwhelmed by untidiness (not typical - before I could tolerate some untidiness, and clean it up when it bothered me) and I feel apathy and underwhelm when people are raving about how beautiful something is, whereas I've always appreciated aesthetics. I can't really see things in a true light. 

 

Can anyone relate? Please share.

 

I have constant tinnitus, as I've seen others mention, so I'm hoping this also isn't just in my mind ???

 

:/

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scallywag   
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Sid, I've merged the topic you started about vision issues with this one.  Please read/skim this topic from the start. You'll find many other people with similar or the exact same symptoms as you.  Only a few will be active these days, but you should get a sense that this is not an exceptionally rare issue.

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SidTheButterfly   
SidTheButterfly

Hi Scallywag, thank you! I feel better about it then. I also have worse focus suddenly and dimming, and think that this and the constant tinnitus is just adding to my depression. What a crazy ride!

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O2bhappy   
O2bhappy

Over the past month I have been having a lot of pressure behind my eye lids and I have been having muscle contractions behind my eyebrows. 

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Why   
Why

My vision got very bad since last cut (from 0.8 mg to 0.4) 6 motnhs ago.

Got the black floaters (wich are irrevesible for what i know) and the "blurred" vision as others call it.

 

I got to the oculist wich found nothing in my vision except dyplopia (wich is another issue i have) and would have dismissed me if i had not insisted and tried to explain him how i am seeing through like an opaque glass ...

He prescribed me an electroretinography.

Now waiting to do it to see if something appears to the machine.

 

I even ( fool me) tried to suggest him a link to ssri suspension . Of course since he didnt read anything like that in his precious books it isn't possible.

Like black dots and blurred vision appearing from 1 day to the other just after a reduction it is only a coincidence .

Like all of the people having the same problems after reducing the same drugs it's a coincidence.

 

Well i have every day less trust in "oficial" medicine -.-

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direstraits   
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On ‎7‎/‎2‎/‎2017 at 5:11 PM, marx said:

It's been around 2 months since I went CT off valdoxan, and one of the worst symptoms that has been constant is blurry vision in both eyes. It's not getting worse, but not improving either. Symptoms like nausea, loss of appetite, or even the brain fog, come and go, but having blurred vision feels like being scarred for life, like it will never be the same again - my eyes were perfect just 3 months ago! Has anyone had this and does it get better? Everyday I'm having mini panic attacks and obsessive thoughts about this. :(

Hi,marx.

I've had constant blurry vision in my left eye for at least a year now...so scared it will never go away.

I've been off meds. for 3 years.

 

I've always had great vision...it's driving me crazy. can anyone tell me this will go away at some point?

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marx   
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It's exactly what I feel about my vision right now, although it's somewhat better indoors. I guess the strong sunlight distorts the light perception more than the indoor lighting. But yeah, it's extremely annoying, I'd rather have a persistent headache or something, than this - at least headaches can be treated.

 

On 08/07/2017 at 5:27 PM, SidTheButterfly said:

Hi everyone.

 

I'm not sure where this fits, but I have a new issue in WD I haven't experienced before. I feel like the world is eery, nothing is aesthetically pleasing - especially in man-made settings (guessing the artificial light doesn't help).

 

It feels as though the light in my eyes has been dimmed and all the shades of colour I see are "dull" and somehow really "off" and sickening. A permanent twilight in my mind. Visual nausea. I immediately spot imperfections in say furniture or my cupboards or floors, and fixate on them. I don't feel like cleaning or sewing or knitting, because I feel rage at the imperfection of everything physical around me. It's extremely crippling.

 

I live alone, and the simple act of washing the dishes is almost unbearable because of the way the light is perceived by my brain and how ugly the sink and dishes look.

 

I think being alone and engaging in mundane / routine tasks as well as the lighting inside compound this perception issue for me. I also feel overwhelmed by untidiness (not typical - before I could tolerate some untidiness, and clean it up when it bothered me) and I feel apathy and underwhelm when people are raving about how beautiful something is, whereas I've always appreciated aesthetics. I can't really see things in a true light. 

 

Can anyone relate? Please share.

 

I have constant tinnitus, as I've seen others mention, so I'm hoping this also isn't just in my mind ???

 

:/

 

 

My right eye was always weaker for as long as I can remember, but my left eye compensated for it, so I never noticed it. Did it happen suddenly or over time? Did you see an ophtalmologist?

 

4 hours ago, direstraits said:

Hi,marx.

I've had constant blurry vision in my left eye for at least a year now...so scared it will never go away.

I've been off meds. for 3 years.

 

I've always had great vision...it's driving me crazy. can anyone tell me this will go away at some point?

 

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direstraits   
direstraits

I really can't remember when it started,was probably gradual.I remember having light sensitivity and eye tics while on the paxil.

 

I have no insurance right now so haven't seen a Dr.....I know it's these stupid drugs,though.

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SidTheButterfly   
SidTheButterfly

Hi Marx. Pretty sudden for me after stopping citalopram. I've reinstated at 5mg for about a week and have noticed that the saturation of colours and quality of light I perceive has already improved, and is almost back to normal, so I think it is a withdrawal symptom. 

 

I'm going to cut very gradually to try minimise the re-emergence of symptoms. I'll also be aware of the possibility of these symptoms and plan to spend more time outdoors in the sunlight, and also have used lamps to help. Good luck!

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marx   
marx

That's good to hear. I just noticed this thread is full of comments about worsening of vision, but none of improvements. Keep us updated!

 

Hi Marx. Pretty sudden for me after stopping citalopram. I've reinstated at 5mg for about a week and have noticed that the saturation of colours and quality of light I perceive has already improved, and is almost back to normal, so I think it is a withdrawal symptom. 

 

I'm going to cut very gradually to try minimise the re-emergence of symptoms. I'll also be aware of the possibility of these symptoms and plan to spend more time outdoors in the sunlight, and also have used lamps to help. Good luck!

 

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SidTheButterfly   
SidTheButterfly

Marx, I feel like my vision is back to normal now. Less luck with the tinnitus disappearing completely, but I can survive that :D 

 

I'm still on 5mg. I'm sure that the symptoms will only return if I cut the dose too quickly but I will monitor very carefully. Forewarned is forearmed, and that is comforting. I feel quite positive about overcoming the issues I've had in general on these meds and stopping them, and changing my attitude has eased my anxiety and helped me rest and recover. 

 

I have been spending a lot of time outdoors, and that has made a huge difference in calming me and helping me not worry about my vision when it was bad, because I couldn't really notice a difference in the sunlight:)

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TweetyRose   
TweetyRose

Glad to hear your vision improved! Still waiting for mine to improve, but you give me hope!

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O2bhappy   
O2bhappy

In June I developed a tremendous amount of eye pressure.  The pressure is equal behind both of my eyes.  At first I thought it was sinus pressure, but now I am thinking it has too be something different.  Could it be from withdrawal.  I have tried taking allergy medicine and headache medicine but nothing helps with the pressure or pain associated with it. 

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Pearlsky   
Pearlsky

I haven't had vision problems throughout withdrawal except for severe derealization which affected my ability to see everything. Lately though I was walking outside during the solar eclipse event without looking up at it and ever since my vision has been dimmed and my eyes are tired. It's hard not to freak out because this is my vision I'm speaking of. Has withdrawal made my eyes more sensitive?

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ImadB   
ImadB
On 2017-08-14 at 11:00 PM, O2bhappy said:

In June I developed a tremendous amount of eye pressure.  The pressure is equal behind both of my eyes.  At first I thought it was sinus pressure, but now I am thinking it has too be something different.  Could it be from withdrawal.  I have tried taking allergy medicine and headache medicine but nothing helps with the pressure or pain associated with it. 

Hi, I hope you are well.

 

Pressure in eyes can be associated with glaucoma, a condition that has been linked with SSRI's withdrawal and regular use of SSRI's.

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ImadB   
ImadB
On 2017-08-14 at 11:00 PM, O2bhappy said:

In June I developed a tremendous amount of eye pressure.  The pressure is equal behind both of my eyes.  At first I thought it was sinus pressure, but now I am thinking it has too be something different.  Could it be from withdrawal.  I have tried taking allergy medicine and headache medicine but nothing helps with the pressure or pain associated with it. 

So, you get your eyes checked!

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O2bhappy   
O2bhappy

ImadB -

 

Thank you for responding. I actually went two weeks ago to get my eyes checked and everything was okay. I am still having the eye pressure and pain under my eyebrows. 

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ImadB   
ImadB

Hello again 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..

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Why

If it's a relieve for yiu i can say you are not the only one experiencing this. I still have the blurred vision and also cannot determine depth of things (this is especially evidend while i drive since i have hard time determining the exact distance from cars in front of me .

 

i also have a sort of tunnel vision wich doesn't allow me to perceive the whole surrounding around me and adds up to derealization.

 

I think the blame is to put 100% on WD and very common.

 

I think we can only pray that goes away with time, since the damage by drugs is already been done and it can only improve

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peaceoutofchaos   
peaceoutofchaos

Hi everyone, I just wanted to jump in and say that I got a rapidly declining eye-sight in one year of not being measured, that the opticien was actually surprised by it because she didn't think that a 19-year old should have a declining sight that bad (I'm almost 21 now btw) because of my anti-psychotic use, I wasn't tapering off at that point. My GP said it probably was damage by having dry eyes all the time as a side-effect of the meds. I think that the dry eyes thing may also be a side effect of withdrawing, so IDK if anyone recognises themselves in that? 

Anyway, both my short-sidedness and astigmatism worsed by 1 point in just one year. (and differently in both eyes, but I'm currently at a total of -5 at both eyes, although I'm not sure how it's measured in different countries) The measurement before that was about a -0,5 or -0,25 decline...

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