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Old 10-13-2008, 02:30 PM   #1
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Vision Problems caused by Depression?

I would just like to run this past everyone to see if anyone has experienced anything similiar....

I am a 30 year old male, about 4 years ago I came down with depression at about the same time I noticed problems with my eyes. The first was an increase in the number of floaters. I had had floaters prior but when the depression hit there seemed to be more. I know that there is an association between floaters ans anxiety/depression disorders. But something else kind of weird happened, in addition to the floaters, I also seem to have I guess what can best be described as like a smokey or hazy type of vision. I notice like on a sunny day when the sun reflects off of a shiny surface the reflection appears somewhat hazy. Its actually very hard to describe unless you actually experienced it. The other night I had gone onto a website where you pay a fee and can ask a doctor a question and I asked him about the whole eye problem and he told me that the foggy vision was as a result of the depression. Perhaps not so much the depression itself but more from the fatigue and lack of good quality sleep that results from depression. I was pretty surprised to hear him link the two, I thought that I had a whole separate eye problem that just so happened to start at the same time as the depression but according to him he says that they are probably linked.

I am going to make an appointment with an eye doctor soon just to be sure but I wonder if anyone else has any more info about this.


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Old 10-14-2008, 12:33 AM   #2
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Re: Vision Problems caused by Depression?

I've never heard of vision problems due to depression per se. Some people with depression also get migraine headaches, which sometimes include visual disturbances. I get auras with migraines, and I sometimes see tiny stars or just blank spots when I try to read.

Make sure you're seeing an eye doctor who can diagnose other health problems related to vision, rather than someone who focuses only on vision. (I can't remember the terms).

Just curious. Do you also have sinus problems? There are some sinus medications and nose sprays that have depression as a side effect. Claritin makes my mood drop very quickly.

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Old 10-15-2008, 08:04 PM   #3
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Re: Vision Problems caused by Depression?

Blurred vision is a rare symptom of depression if I remember right. The eye specialist should have some answers.

Old 10-16-2008, 07:54 PM   #4
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Re: Vision Problems caused by Depression?

Blurred vision is a side effect of many anti-depressants.

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