Re: Jumpy Shaky Field of Vision
You posted this in May, 2010 so I'm not sure if you'd still check back on here. But I'll write this so if anyone else has the same problem that there IS hope and you will not have to suffer with it forever.
Exactly a year ago I had the same as what your describing. I was anxious about it, thought I had something which was incurable and was obsessed with researching it on the internet.
It happened just after I had a massive panic attack, and since then I had this shaky moving field of vision which drove me nuts and scared me to death. The only things which would make it less noticeable was when I was walking, driving, or focusing on close up objects or some kid of movement in my vision. I was obsessed with looking in corners and testing myself to see weather my vision was moving/shaking. I was constantly anxious about it and for some reason I was convinced that it wasn't my anxiety causing it. I was totally wrong because your body can be in a state of anxiety without you even knowing or feeling it. But if you've been anxious for days and days on end, your body doesn't just shake off anxiety in one night.
So anyway, I suffered with it for months and got really depressed about it. I started taking an SSRI to get rid of my anxiety/depression, which did wonders. I had the shaky vision but every time I thought about the vision it didn't send me into a panic...I just didn't care. It took a while for the SSRI to work might I add. Anyway... I went back to university and studied. It was very tough at the beginning but I found the less I thought about the vision, the better I felt. After about 5-6 months taking the SSRI and just doing Uni, keeping busy and thinking about the vision less I found that it got less and less noticeable. Eventually it was so unnoticeable I began to tapper off my SSRI.
Now its Feb 2011, a year on from the entire ordeal and I can safely say that this symptom is DEFINITELY anxiety related and will not just disappear overnight. You need to completely rid your body of all anxiety for a LONG time before the vision will improve. My theory is, I was preventing my body from fixing the vision by remaining anxious..it was like a vicious cycle...I was getting anxious about the vision but the anxiety is what was causing it/maintaining it.
So to you or anyone who reads this with the same problem....Don't let it take over your life....IT CAN AND WILL GO AWAY. I got through it so you can too. Now I'm completely fine, and am living life free of shaky/moving vision.