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    Old 09-30-2008, 01:22 PM   #1
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    Can anxiety affect your eyes?

    About four years ago I began suffering from a combination of anxiety and depression which was brought on by years of stress. Right around the time this all started I also started to have trouble with my eyes. I seem to have a sort of "foggy" type of vision especially when light shines towards my eyes, such as the sun reflecting off of a car or a bright light in a store,etc. I am wondering if it might be like a dry eye condition caused by stress or perhaps its completely unrelated to the anxiety.

    Just wondering if anyone else with anxiety has experienced anything like this.

    Thanks.

     
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    Old 09-30-2008, 02:54 PM   #2
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    Re: Can anxiety affect your eyes?

    I have this - I have had this for a very long time. The only thing that has helped me is CBT and hypno therapy. When I was on medication it did help me deal with it. Now that I am off I am hoping that CBT will keep me focused.

    It is just a way your (our) body is tackeling anxiety.


    Most recently I was diagnosed with dry eyes and was told to use "Systanr" from the drug store. It has helped. Yes - you can get dry eyes from stress. Weird huh?

    Have you had an eye exam? It might be helpful to get one.

    Let me know if I can help you out in any way.

     
    Old 09-30-2008, 07:44 PM   #3
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    Re: Can anxiety affect your eyes?

    I have had something sort of similar. And the dry eye thing too. The Lexapro REALLY helped me. I know it was all anxiety causing this.

     
    Old 09-30-2008, 08:39 PM   #4
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    Re: Can anxiety affect your eyes?

    matt,

    Anxiety, depression, and eye problems can be symptoms of other conditions...one condition that came to my mind when I saw your post was lyme's disease. Other eye problems that people with lyme's have are seeing double, blurred vision, an increase in the number of floaters (some floaters are normal), and an increase in sensitivity to light.

    I wouldn't assume the stress, anxiety, or depression are causing your problems....I would encourage you to look further because, again, these are often symptoms of something else that's out of sync.

    Take care!

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    Old 09-30-2008, 08:42 PM   #5
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    Re: Can anxiety affect your eyes?

    I felt like i was seeing through a fog for a really long time, although i never realised it untill recently when my Effexor kicked in, it really helped me.

     
    Old 10-01-2008, 05:33 AM   #6
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    Re: Can anxiety affect your eyes?

    I see a shimmering in front of my eyes that almost looks like tv static, but not quite as shimmery. If I look at patterns they seem to shake quickly back and forth. I have had sooooo many tests, MRI's, CT scans, bloodwork, lyme titer...... The only answer I have ever gotten is from a neurologists that told me it is somehow related to my tinnitus. Nothing I can do about it, but learn to live with it. It is very disturbing.

     
    Old 10-01-2008, 04:00 PM   #7
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    Re: Can anxiety affect your eyes?

    have you ever gone to an ENT specialist? id start with that before pinning it on anxiety.anxiety does manifest itself in many ways but its always good just to check.

     
    Old 10-01-2008, 05:02 PM   #8
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    Re: Can anxiety affect your eyes?

    Hi again,

    Thank you everyone for your responses.

    I have been too many doctors many times and none can find anything physically wrong with me. To give some history, I first started to feel like I had an anxiety/depression issue about four and a half years ago. I went to a doctor, they took blood, said everything was ok. At that time I did go to an ENT specialist and he too said that he didn't see any problems. Then gradually and very slowly my symptoms started to feel better..less anxious and less depressed that sort of thing and then I was doing really good for awhile, then about six months ago after a very stressful time the symptoms all came back but this time they seem to have hit me harder then the first time. So again I went back to the doctor in June, he told me everything was fine, I went to a different doctor just one week ago today and she too told me everything was fine and that she thinks it is all just stress related, but I didnt tell her anything about my eyes. I just described to her how I was feeling very fatigued, have insonmia many nights and how I have been having panic attacks.

    So according to all these different doctors they say nothing is wrong with me, although, I am open to the possibility that they could be missing something although at this point I dont even know what it might be.

     
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