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Old 06-20-2006, 09:56 AM   #1
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Anxiety CAN cause eye symptoms

Visual symptoms are some of the scariest symptoms you can experience because it's very difficult to believe that anxiety or hypochondria can create visual disturbances.

For the past few weeks I've been going through a lot of MS worries. Among other symptoms, I've experienced several eye-related symptoms including sore eyes, a slight burning sensation in the eyes, blurry vision (occasionally), and I've also noticed that the capillaries in the whites of my eyes are more noticeable than they usually are. Well, after symptom surfing on the internet I became convinced that I had some type of uveitis, an eye condition that is strongly associated with MS and other autoimmune diseases. In particular, I was worried that I had a form of uveitis called pars planitis (which is even more strongly associated with MS).

Yesterday I booked an appointment with an optometrist for this morning (I didn't bother getting a referral from my GP for an opthalmologist; in Canada you have to wait months and months to see a specialist). The optometrist did all the usual tests and said that everything looked great (in fact, he told me that my distance vision is far better than average). I paid an extra $45 to have photos taken of my retinas using Optomap technology. Optomap provides an extremely clear picture of the back of the eye - any serious eye condition, including uveitis, will show up in these photos. Everything came back 100% clear. The optometrist told me that my eyes are quite dry and that a dry eye condition can be related to stress. And to think that last night I was 100% convinced that something is seriously wrong with my eyes.

My main point here is that vision problems can be caused by anxiety. You can have every single symptom of a visual disorder and end up finding out that everything's perfect. So if you have any visual symptoms, do yourself a favour and go see an optometrist or opthalmologist and ease your mind.

 
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Old 06-20-2006, 10:13 AM   #2
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Re: Anxiety CAN cause eye symptoms

Thats good info. Not too long ago I had a black blotch in my right eye that was there very often.I didnt worry too much but thought it could be something more serious.Well it lasted off and on for about a month and dissapeared so maybe just stress related.thanks for the info

 
Old 06-20-2006, 12:04 PM   #3
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Re: Anxiety CAN cause eye symptoms

what a timely post! i have an appointment with a retinal specialist tomorrow morning about a grey patch in my left visual field. it started (or i forst noticed it) when i was under a LOT of stress about three months ago. that stress has been alleviated but now i have the tremendous anxiety of this blotch in my vision. hopefully i will find out one way or another tomorrow ....

 
Old 06-20-2006, 12:15 PM   #4
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Re: Anxiety CAN cause eye symptoms

I dont put much past anxiety/stress.That grey patch could be a blind spot too which isnt a big concern alot of people have them although it is a pain in the butt. Good luck at the eye doctor!

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Old 06-20-2006, 12:18 PM   #5
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Re: Anxiety CAN cause eye symptoms

i should add that this is a follow-up appointment. i have already been seen by the retina specialist - who found nothing to explain my symptoms ...
what was your black blotch like? it wasn't a floater, was it? (mine isn't)

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Old 06-20-2006, 12:24 PM   #6
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Well im not sure what a floater would be like moving? If so no it didnt move around it stayed in the same place.The blotch did come and go though like waking up in the am it wasnt there but as the day went on it would pop out again.I never did have it checked I asked my GP about it though when seeing her for something else she told me shes pretty sure it wasnt anything serious but have a eye doctor check.

 
Old 06-20-2006, 12:30 PM   #7
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i have always been anxious about my vision, so it would make sense from a psychological point of view that stree might manifest that way. i just find that hard to accept in the face of such real symptoms. if they find something wrong with my eyes tomorrow, i don't know how i will cope ...

 
Old 06-20-2006, 12:36 PM   #8
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Oh I know the physical symptoms anxiety can cause makes it hard to believe alot of times that its just anxiety.Most of my symptoms from this disorder have always been physical first the the worry and stress and anxiousness and attacks.I have had some wicked symptoms over the years.I surely am glad that it never has been anything other then anxiety/stress though.I hope that is all this eye thing is for you.Try not to worry alot,i know easy said.Just know the doctors are there for us thats what they get paid for.

hang in there and let us know please!

 
Old 06-20-2006, 07:53 PM   #9
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any info on bilateral mydriasis? I think that's the term... as in one pupil is more dilated than the other? Your eyes aren't supposed to do that, if you cover one eye and shine a light in the other, the covered eye is supposed to pixelate the same as the uncovered one. I have noticed my right eye is more dilated than the left... could anxiety cause this?

 
Old 06-22-2006, 10:06 AM   #10
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well, i had my eye exam. doctor again found nothing to explain my symptoms. told me to come back in six months. of course, i am relieved there was no evidence or disease, but i can't help feeling she didn't look hard enough. she was rather dismissive when the visual field test can back negative and didn't ask ANY questions about my symptoms. very frustrating

 
Old 06-22-2006, 01:31 PM   #11
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Re: Anxiety CAN cause eye symptoms

My eyes occassionally appear (when looking in the mirror and obsessing over it) to dilate and recess instantaneously... weird - this usually occurs when I'm feeling lightheaded and dizzy. Stress is a CRAZY thing....

 
Old 06-22-2006, 02:46 PM   #12
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Re: Anxiety CAN cause eye symptoms

Glad I read this, I am sitting here with a very sore right eye, sore to touch, sore to look out of but NO physical symptoms, no redness, no swelling, eye not closed and no explanation for it what so ever it just happened before.

I am convinced now it is my anxiety.

 
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