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I need to know whats wrong with my eyes
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Hey everyone my name is Shannon im 22. I havent been diagnoised with Glaucoma, but they say that iam at risk because my nerves in my eyes are large and they have to keep seeing me. Ive been having this problem with my eyes I dont know if this has to do with glaucoma or what, but i cant seem to find help anywhere! Heres how it started my doctor prescribed me zoloft after i had my daughter for anxiety, whenever i started taking it I started having weird eye things going on like whenever i woke up I looked at my dart board and whenever I looked away I could see the outline of the dartboard moving in different areas. I told my doctor and he said he didnt know. I took the zoloft for a month then i weaned off it because of this eye thing. Now that im off it Im still having the same problem and ive been off the zoloft for a month now. What happens now is whenever I wake up I see brightness around things that i have been looking at and its like brightness around the windows and the tv and if i blink that doesnt help its still there. It lasts for about 3 or 4 seconds. I know this is hard to explain, but everything is like outlines and i still see like the outline of the window whenever i look around and its like bright like a light. Its almost like it just does to things that are bright like if im in a dark room and i look at something bright and i look away theres the brightness of it fallowing along the walls or whatever! Im sorry this is long and its hard to explain! But if someone could PLEASE help me i would really appreciate it because this is getting really frustrating and i dont know if i should go to my eye doctor or not. Thank you!
Posted on 09/17/08, 09:41 am
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Reply #11 - 09/29/08  9:52am
" I went to the doctor on Friday they said they didnt see anything wrong with my eyes and that except for my optic nerve being huge everything else looks perfect. Im going to see a glaucoma specialist in boulder soon! "
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Reply #12 - 09/29/08  10:59am
" Shannon, It is probably just the zoloft. If so, hopefully your vision will clear in 6 months. My son had a similar problem. No-one could figure out what was going on and he was even more frustrated (at 6!). Thankfully, improvement started immediately after stopping meds. I think the longer you are on it, the longer it will take to clear. However, I do hope you see a "glaucoma specialist" to rule out early stage glaucoma. Some medications can cause glaucoma. I've had an opthamologist miss my glaucoma 2 years in a row. I get all the visual disturbances you described previously and I have glaucoma. I don't think many opthometrists (regular eye doctors) are trained to detect glaucoma either, unless you have the obvious kind with high pressure. Anyway, best of luck to you. Don't compromise your eyes. Reduce your intake of preservatives like MSG for eye health! "
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Reply #13 - 10/02/08  12:46am
" Just say NO to drugs. Do we remember that add campaign. I don't remember them ever excluding Walgreens/RX etc. All drugs have bad side effects, some of them very bad.
Why don't you just try the natural cure for glaucoma, then you would not be at risk. There are also natural cures for anxiety and over 100 other dreadful diseases that do not involve drugs and the risks that go with the drugs. I would be glad to share them. "
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Reply #14 - 10/02/08  8:17am
" thanks for your advice I have noticed it has gone away since Ive stopped worrying about! lol Thats just how Iam I worry about everything.
Ohh and I do say NO to drugs I had bad post partum depression after having my daughter, I had it with my first son too and I didnt do anything about it and I was miserable for a year after having him. The zoloft didnt help, and I recommend to any mom that I talk to thats having the same issues I did with it to not take any drug, it does go away on its own. Im not even the type of person to take a over the counter medicine when im sick. I thought I would try it and see if it would help and all it did was stress me out. I dont have depression anymore I just learned new ways to make myself feel good.

And I was wondering what kind of symptoms did you have with your eyes whenever you first had glaucoma? "
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Reply #15 - 10/03/08  11:07am
" That's great to hear your eyes are back to normal! What a relief that must be! There are usually no early symptoms of glaucoma. However, in my case I noticed difficulty in recovering from bright lights. The areas in my eyes where there are visual field defects tend to take longer to recover - they remain dark/shadowy much longer than the undamaged areas. Even when I turn off the light at night I will continue seeing outlines of rectangular objects for at least 1 minute. Anyway, best of luck to you. Good that you are aware of your drug sensitivities. "
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Reply #16 - 10/04/08  2:47am
" I went to my reg Dr for a "skin tag" that was near my eye. It was just a small outgrowth but I rubbed my eyes while waking up one morning and broke it open. Then as it healed, it itched so I rubbed it and tore it open again. My Dr sent me to an eye specialist who tested my eyes but wanted $600 for what turned out to 2 minutes of work. In testing he found a problem with my peripheral vision and reffered me to a glaucoma specialist (Dr Kittleman). He tested me and on finding my pressures at 20L and 24R, he warned me that if I did not come back for regular checkups I could go blind. He made no other recommendations concerning glaucoma. He reffered me to another eye Dr that could do an ultrasound to check a piece of metal in my left eye. That Dr, three weeks later, also tested my pressures and found them to be normal.
I had started the "natural cure" for glaucoma the day I saw Dr Kittleman. 4 months later, I saw him again and he was speechless. I have the Dr's notes from both visits because some people don't believe I had glaucoma. My father also had it.
Looking back, I believe my glaucoma came on slowly over a long period of time. I was extremely light sensitive for years. My sun glasses were the darkest I could that wrapped around the sides. I would not walk out to get mail (40 feet) without sunglasses. I wore lighter sunglasses when driving at night because of the head lights. I wore them on cloudy days and year round. Now, I don't have to wear them. My peripheral vision has also returned to normal. In other words, the same as it was 20-30 years ago.
Any one can do it because the natural cure is so simple and cheap. One person said they couldn't because they had a food allergy. I will send them the natural cure for food allergies. "
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Reply #17 - 10/09/08  9:31am
" Well I pretty much figured out on my own whats wrong with my eyes its called palinopsia? If anyone else has this or info on this please let me know. I read that zoloft can cause this which this is also caused from anxiety and people are put on zoloft to cure this?! Makes absolutely no sense to me because zoloft caused me to have this. I really want to sue the company that makes zoloft because this is messed up i could have this for the rest of my life thanks to zoloft!
Im still going in to have my eyes examined in Boulder because there is a chance still that I have glaucoma, so im also going to ask this eye doctor about palinopsia. "
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Reply #18 - 10/22/08  5:49pm
" I haven't found any specifics on palinopsia yet. But the cures for eye trouble, like glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration, all include drinking carrot juice. And remember, just say no to drugs...all drugs. "
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Reply #19 - 10/25/08  10:59am
" Thanks for mentioning the carrot juice - will have to try that... "
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Reply #20 - 05/19/10  9:28pm
" Definetly keep going to a doctor about your eyes don't give up. You have to get answers.

Zoloft I never had problems with my eyes but geez I got off that stuff and two years after I was having so crazy effects from that drug. I would never ever take that drug again!!!!!!!!!! "

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