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Old 09-26-2011, 02:44 PM   #1
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Still got the Floaters...

Hello everyone. I have not posted in awhile. For a few weeks I was kind of accepting of my floaters, but they are back to really bugging me. They started 7 months ago when I began my taper from the Tricyclic Nortryptaline. My last pill was 6 months ago. I have messaged a few people on this site and they have told me not too worry, that they would eventually settle or go away. I am still hoping this is the came for me, but I am at the point now where I just think that will never happen to me. How has it not gotten better by now? I was only on the drug for about 8 months. I am really starting to lose hope and not sure how much longer I can put up with these floaters. I mentioned before that these are not "Real" floaters, but rather little shadows that look like fibers and spider webs anytime I am in a bright environment. Here is a better explanation of what mine are like...

http://www.vitreousfloatersolutions....tersyoung.html
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Old 09-26-2011, 04:36 PM   #2
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Re: Still got the Floaters...

Thank you for posting the link ... I have horrible floaters, and this doctor is located close enough to me that I could go there for treatments. I have horrible floaters in both eyes and the anxiety I feel over them is pretty intense sometimes. I am unemployed, need to find work and don't think I can work any more in the field I've been in my whole life because of the floaters. It would be a miracle if they could be successfully treated.

After reading some of the material I now understand why you can see floaters that a doctor can't. You have my sympathies and I wish I had some words of wisdom for you.
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:25 PM   #3
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Re: Still got the Floaters...

I have a couple of them. My opthamologist told me they are annoying, but not dangerous. Am I missing something?
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:30 PM   #4
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Re: Still got the Floaters...

I had these before I was ever on a/d's. I have noticed they are a lot worse, but I assumed they have just got worse over the years and never linked them with the a/d or w/d. They don't worry me, apart from every now and then I see "something" out the corner of my eye and think I have seen something, but have come to realise that it is probably these "floates" as you call them. To me, they look like cobwebs, some of them linked with long bits.
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Old 09-26-2011, 07:11 PM   #5
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Re: Still got the Floaters...

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I have a couple of them. My opthamologist told me they are annoying, but not dangerous. Am I missing something?
They are pretty normal in the aging process.
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Old 09-26-2011, 09:03 PM   #7
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Re: Still got the Floaters...

Maybe I should have made my situation clearer... I had absolutely 0 eye problems until I started my taper. I am only 28. Perfect eye sight. Healthy eyes. The Opthamologist I see tells me my eyes are flawless and he sees no floaters. I know what "actual" floaters are, and these are not them. I know that floaters are normal in the aging process, but not for someone in my situation. There is no way that these just popped up at the same time as my taper started. I was asking for people with similar situations to reply.
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Old 09-27-2011, 04:26 AM   #9
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Maybe I should have made my situation clearer... I had absolutely 0 eye problems until I started my taper. I am only 28. Perfect eye sight. Healthy eyes. The Opthamologist I see tells me my eyes are flawless and he sees no floaters. I know what "actual" floaters are, and these are not them. I know that floaters are normal in the aging process, but not for someone in my situation. There is no way that these just popped up at the same time as my taper started. I was asking for people with similar situations to reply.
You have asked this in the past and got similar responses.
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:34 AM   #10
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Re: Still got the Floaters...

Hi

Firstly, as someone who worries constantly about my health, please be assured about I know you're worried about this and I sympathise.

I'm confused about something though - you say you've had zero eye problems up til now. In that case, how would you know what normal floaters are?

The majority of people have floaters - they are pretty much a normal thing. I have them, but I never notice them. However, when I see them mentioned in writing or verbally, I suddenly see them everywhere!!!

I read your post this morning, then suddenly my eyes were absolutely awash with them!!!

I know that to you this feels very real, but it's your mind and your anxious state playing tricks with you.

It's very common to "think" yourself ill and create a viscious cycle of anxiety. I do it all the time. I was convinced I was going to die every day for 4 years. I got better once I started saying - "I thought I was going to die yesterday and I didn't.........I probably won't die today either".

Perhaps you could try saying "this worries me, but my specialist says my eyes are perferct. Just for today, I'll trust his judgement - how wonderful it is to have perfect eyes".

I sincerely hope things get better for you.



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Old 10-03-2011, 01:24 PM   #11
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Re: Still got the Floaters...

Scotty,

Thanks for pointing that out.

Si,

I know about "real" floaters because I have been reading about them and researching them for months. From everything I have read, my "floaters" seem very different, especially since I have no other eye problems. I also understand the "everyone gets them argument", but again, it's not like I had one or two pop up slowly, I had lots of them pop up within days of my taper. I know what you mean about ignoring them as I was able to for a good 3 months or so, where they bugged me, but I just brushed them off. The last few weeks they have been bothering me again as I don't feel as confident that these will just go away.


I apologize to everyone who has been bothered by me asking about this again. I'll just keep to myself.
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:50 PM   #12
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Re: Still got the Floaters...

awalker, I for one am glad you posted and I personally know how bothersome and anxiety-inducing floaters can be. It is very difficult going through life looking through a "dirty windshield" half the time. I think people are well-meaning but if they haven't experienced severe floaters then they don't know what it's like.

I have an appointment tomorrow with the doctor in the link you posted, and have a lot of optimism that he will be able to help me.
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Old 10-03-2011, 04:36 PM   #14
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Re: Still got the Floaters...

I have floaters ( my physician can see some of them) as well as other eye problems that my physician cannot see, and I know how frustrating it is. In hindsight, I believe my floaters began when I first used paxil a long time ago, even though at the time I did not make the connection with the drug use or discontinuation of the drug. I still have floaters, but like some of the other people who have responded, I don't notice them very much anymore. They seem to have faded, but have not disappeared completely.
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Old 10-03-2011, 05:31 PM   #15
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Re: Still got the Floaters...

With regard to all the comments about "tuning them out" ... yes, people with floaters are not aware of them 100% of the time, depending on where their vision is focused, what they are concentrating on, etc. But I can definitively state that when I do certain tasks, I cannot tune them out. The ones in my left eye don't bother me much at all because I use that eye for distance vision (I have monovision contacts) ... I am focused off into the distance so don't notice the floaters much. In my right eye, though, it's another story. This contact is for close-up work like reading or computer use, and every time I move my eye, the floaters move around and obscure my vision again. If I am staring straight ahead, once the vision is clear it stays that way, but of course I have to move my eye to read or do anything other than staring straight ahead. It was particularly bothersome at my job because I had to revise documents and constantly look back and forth from the copy to the computer. Every eye movement meant waiting a second for the vision to clear before proceeding, and it was very annoying and wasted a lot of time, not to mention the anxiety. And I'm not talking about little black specks, but big globs that it is impossible to see through. There was absolutely no way I could tune them out.
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Old 10-03-2011, 05:52 PM   #17
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Re: Still got the Floaters...

The hardest part about dealing with this is that for every person that says their's went away there another person who has these eye problems for years. Again, I understand that floaters do happen, but I think for people in withdrawal it is more of a CNS problem which is why so many people with good, healthy eyes on here all the sudden get them. I feel optimistic when people on here tell me they had them awhile, but they went away, but then get down when others talk about having them forever. I could accept it more if the Opthamologist found them and said I am screwed, but the fact that he has searched extensively and found nothing still makes me wonder what is wrong. Also the light sensitivity I now have makes me terrified to go outside without my shades. Then inside I get scared when I walk in to a room with a lot of light or white walls because I see these floaters everywhere. I don't want to live in fear with stuff.
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:03 PM   #18
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I get scared when I walk in to a room with a lot of light or white walls because I see these floaters everywhere. I don't want to live in fear with stuff.
I first noticed floaters when there was bright sunlight and/or a light background. Those are the ones I rarely notice now. The dark stringy ones are the ones that sometimes get in the way. Like Babs, I sometimes have to wait for them to float out of the way in order to focus, and it's annoying, but they do seem to get better with time. So, I've had them for years, but even so, they are less bothersome than before.
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:25 PM   #21
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Re: Still got the Floaters...

Yes, I have been on Fish Oil for months and take 3 a day too. Not sure if it has helped at all since I have not gotten any better. I wish there was a magic pill for this, but on the other hand, I'll never take another pill again...
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:33 PM   #23
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Re: Still got the Floaters...

I already do TONS of eye exercises for my other impairment, a vestibular dysfunction I came down with about a year and a half ago. This was the reason I was put on an AD for 9 months. When I started getting better with the VRT, I decided to stop using the drugs, then BAM, floaters and photophobia. I was just starting to feel better after living with this inner ear problem for a year, and then all these new eye problems just add to the stress I already had.

This is an idea of what I do every day:

http://www.vestibular.org/vestibular...ular-rehab.php
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:39 PM   #24
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Re: Still got the Floaters...

I don't really have any basis for saying this, awalker, but to me it seems like a good thing that the opthalmologist didn't see anything, because it means they aren't real floaters like the ones that plague me and which may or may not be treatable. I believe it means it's a withdrawal effect and will go away, because all withdrawal symptoms eventually clear up, given enough time. I'm not trying to minimize your concern or frustration over it; I truly understand. But I think I'd rather have "phantom" ones and the accompanying likelihood that it will clear up, than real ones. If that makes any sense.
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