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Why are all of my symptoms vision related?
« on: November 21, 2013, 03:52:50 AM »
So, anxiety for me started about two years ago in high school. I wasn't actually even aware of this so called anxiety until early last year.

For about a year (Aug2011>May2012) I had seen the odd light flash in my vision - this followed with random colour blobs for split seconds, but those were extremely rare. However being a male I of course ignored it. Not entirely nieve since I'm short sighted, I had regular eye check ups. I just maybe avoided the discussion of light flashes when I got the standard retina scans back (all healthy). This was about half way between me noticing those flashes. As the months went on I started to worry about them more and headed to good old google. First couple results were about a retina detachment and the fact of it causing blindness. I immediately closed the webpage and ignored it until May of this year. When I then knew I had to speak to my family about it as the flashes became more current. We booked into the eye doctors for two days later. At this point I was complete, and utterly convinced I had retina issues. To the point of talking to my mum about the surgeries they do for it in the waiting room. After about every test under the sun - the doctor shows me both scans... NOTHING!! She couldn't see absolutely anything. It looked identical to the scan I had the year before. But- my eye pressure was a little high at 27 in my right eye. So I was referred to an optimologist. But isn't that crazy? I walked in that office thinking I knew I'd be in surgery the following day...

So we go to the specialist and he dilates my eyes, looks at my retinas again and check pressure with this blue light. He said I shouldn't worry, but they're going to monitor me every six months. The following week I had this pretty cool scan done in both eyes to measure my cornea and take pictures of my optic nerves. He said I'd get a call if anything was wrong. I never heard nothing so I guess it was all fine! I actually have my check up just before Christmas. Little nervous since I know high pressure has zero symptoms, so I'm none the wiser on what's happening back there - but praying for the best!

But still, nearly six months later with a few eye symptoms left stunned. I still have eye flashes, had floaters growing up (still do), odd quick visual snow when going from light to pitch black rooms/surfaces. Also something I'm unable to find any information on, and that's this very weird halo type thing on the corner of my vision. I can only see it if I look the furthest way left/right and move my head at the same time. Move my eyeballs the tiniest away and cannot see the dark halo shadow anymore. No idea how long it's been there before discovering it late September whilst in bed looking to the very corner of my vision. I wear black Ray-Bans that are quite thick - so impossible to see with my glasses on.

But this is it, why are my anxiety symptoms visually related? I can be so busy and not even notice a flash or for a week or so. I've NEVER, EVER seen a flash of light when I'm flying (I'm a private pilot) and I honestly notice things so much more indoors. When I get bored and not a lot on my mind - I start thinking I have vision issues again. Get busy and forget about it - then back to worrying. I'm still trying to control my way of thinking but sometimes it's harder than other times. I'd say now I'm in that 'bored' or not so much going on and worrying about more than I should state of mind. A month ago I was too busy to think about I am or might be seeing.

Should I mention I still have flashes and about that weird halo shadow I can make myself see if I look right to the corner, at my eye pressure check up next month?

Thanks.
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Re: Why are all of my symptoms vision related?
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2013, 12:51:27 PM »
Hi!

Yours is a good question. Why the eyes? Well, why not? People somatize in different ways and body parts. Some have digestion problems when anxious... I could digest stones even when I'm very stressed but I've had all the craziest eye symptoms, quite similar to yours.

I honestly notice things so much more indoors. When I get bored and not a lot on my mind - I start thinking I have vision issues again.

Same. I also think that artificial light and screens can make symptoms worse, or maybe make it easier to notice them.

You're trying to change your way of thinking so I'd say you're already on the right path. What helped me greatly in this is therapy. I'm changing my thought patterns and my symptoms are getting better too. It's a long journeyand there are setbacks but totally doable :)

By the way, mention anything you want to your doctor. It never hurts. Good luck and let us know!
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Re: Why are all of my symptoms vision related?
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2013, 07:01:30 PM »
Hi!

Yours is a good question. Why the eyes? Well, why not? People somatize in different ways and body parts. Some have digestion problems when anxious... I could digest stones even when I'm very stressed but I've had all the craziest eye symptoms, quite similar to yours.

I honestly notice things so much more indoors. When I get bored and not a lot on my mind - I start thinking I have vision issues again.

Same. I also think that artificial light and screens can make symptoms worse, or maybe make it easier to notice them.

You're trying to change your way of thinking so I'd say you're already on the right path. What helped me greatly in this is therapy. I'm changing my thought patterns and my symptoms are getting better too. It's a long journeyand there are setbacks but totally doable :)

By the way, mention anything you want to your doctor. It never hurts. Good luck and let us know!

Thank you very much for the response. You have a good point! I remember one night I thought I was going to die because I ended such a good day watching one of my favourite films. At that time I wasn't aware of what anxiety was - now it all makes sense.

It's a little annoying how I can go to the beach or pool and not see any spots of white/black or "flashes" for hours. Then go home where there's such changes of light I get them a lot. I guess as long as I keep monitored I need to learn to ignore them just like the eye floaters which I've had since I was little. Sucks when your mind tries to take over and start running through every medical condition possible with x-symptom. But yeah I'm learning to self discipline myself into a different mind set. Which hasn't been easy, but helps massively and is almost removing a lot of other anxiety symptoms I had/have.

I shall report back on the doctors appointment - which is in three weeks I think! Hopefully I'll be a little more open minded just before the check up. Unlike before telling my mum about surgeries for things I *think* I have LOL.
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Re: Why are all of my symptoms vision related?
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2013, 09:39:53 PM »
My fears are something else but I have the visual snow or static. Usually when I go from light to dark or vice versa, only it makes me sorry about fainting lol. Sometimes things look very bright or off to me as well. I have floaters and can see little lights in my peripheral. Its just funny how I associate mine with something completely different. I guess its all in how we interpret our "symptoms". Hope all goes well at your appointment.
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Re: Why are all of my symptoms vision related?
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2013, 10:18:35 PM »
I've read a science article that said everyone has floaters and visual snow, but your brain tunes it out naturally. When you have anxiety you become hyper aware of everything your body is doing, and as a result you're more likely to see the visual snow and floaters.
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