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Does Palinopsia (afterimages, trails) get worse?
« on: January 09, 2014, 07:05:59 PM »
First I want to say that I really used to be hypochondriac when I was around 9 or 10. I first thought I had a stroke or Brain cancer as one of my mom's friend had a stroke and passed away and my teacher had brain cancer. I then associated weird feelings in my body with these illnesses and freaked out alot. In grade 9, I freaked out about my eye so much as I had double vision (due to eye strain and too much video game at some point so nothing serious) although it first started in grade 6 and in grade 9, I was constantly checking to see if it gets worse and basically desired perfection in my eyes and I would always go hunting for halos, glares and any other imperfections. That's when I developed visual trails which scared the crap out of me and I did see the ophthalmologist twice and nothing was found. In grade 9 summer is where I worried the most in pretty much my whole life and was constantly looking for my visual trails. I went online a lot to find out about it and I saw that it was associated with positive and negatve afterimages as well so I began to look for them and I actually started seeing those afterimages after I looked for them. This happened in the end of grade 9 summer and I am now in grade 12 and have 20/20 vision. Nothing got worse at all as I coped with it in the end of grade 9. Now in grade 12, I just became worried that will it get worse? Or is it just brought up by hypervigillance and worrying about your vision too much.

btw I know that these symptoms are associated with snow but I don't really see static and I'm reassured that many people had these symptoms and came out negative in brain scans. I'm just worried about it getting worse. I mean it hasn't at all when I wasn't paying attention to it in the last 3 years but now the worry struck me again.

Other info: I never took any street drugs or medications. I exercise everyday, eat healthy and I actually have a happy life but sometimes this hypochondria strikes me (first time in 3 years). I also used to always focus on my vision to see if things will get worse or if things seem out of the ordinary.
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Re: Does Palinopsia (afterimages, trails) get worse?
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2014, 07:30:51 PM »
Hi Noclip,

Welcome to the forum.  You are now a member of our community, where you will find support and advice from other members in similar situations.   It's always nice to find someone else who understands, and to know you're not alone.

We have sections in the forum that address specific concerns, so feel free to post or start a new topic in the section that best fits your situation.  Feel free to explore the rest of the forum.  You may find the other topics helpful, and you may be able to offer advice or support to someone else.

Noclip, many people with anxiety suffer from visual issues.  I'm sure you will find help and support here.

Good luck to you and again, welcome to AZ.

Buzzy
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Re: Does Palinopsia (afterimages, trails) get worse?
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2014, 04:27:59 PM »
Well thanks. I will check them out.
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Re: Does Palinopsia (afterimages, trails) get worse?
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2014, 12:22:31 AM »
The same thing happened to me! Started being super hypervigelent to my eyes! I started looking for things and started self testing constantly. Now I suffer from after images, recently trails, and very mild " visual snow ". I only see it in the dark really.
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Re: Does Palinopsia (afterimages, trails) get worse?
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2014, 06:11:58 PM »
Thanks for the reply. Did your trails/afterimages come before or after the visual snow? I'm scared of getting snow.
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Re: Does Palinopsia (afterimages, trails) get worse?
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2015, 07:52:15 AM »
Hate to bring up an old thread, but I found this through a Google search if 'Palinopsia' or after-images can come about from eye strain.

Not sure if you are still somewhat active here enough to see this reply but, I will say worrying about anything when you're even mildly afraid of it in an anxious manner seems to never turn out well and only results in something unwanted.

I was doing okay for a few months not worrying much anxiety-wise, and I made the mistake of drinking some caffeine again, which triggered some heart anxiety again, then proceeding into seeing all this weird stuff like way more after-images, more floaters, and the thing I've experienced before extensively due to depression and anxiety, peripheral hallucinations.

To anyone reading this, never worry about dumb things like this if the doctors tell you nothing is legitimately wrong. It only makes things worse.

I visit a doctor for a new physical in a few weeks, and haven't done something of the sort in years. Therefore, I cannot say for sure what I believe but, I spend nearly 10-14 hours a day on the computer, and most days of the week stay inside. My eyesight has noticeably deteriorated after doing this for a couple years at this point. That doesn't bother me but, the eye strain is a problem. If you live this type of lifestyle and expect not to see weird things after some time like after images a lot or some visual clarity issues, you need a reality check. I believe it to be a reversible thing if you make sure to care for your eyesight from then on, but nonetheless.

Again, sorry to bring up an old thread, just thought I'd share my piece of mind in case anyone wonders.

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