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Old 04-03-2012, 02:20 PM   #1
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Eye strain or w/d?

Anyone have eye issues while coming off these meds? Or as a side effect? I'm 39 so i know your vision can start to go downhill in your 40's but I feel like my eyes are having trouble focussing up close, and switching to focus on distance. They don't want to make the switch. They feel dry and irritated, yet they aren't red and itchy like they are when my allergies strike. They feel like they are weak and/or moving slow too. I'm not worried, just curious...? I have always had perfect vision and don't wear glasses or contacts.
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:38 PM   #2
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Re: Eye strain or w/d?

I don't have glasses or contacts either, my eyes have been just like this!!!! It's got to be withdrawal because before I started weaning off I didn't have any of these problems!
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:36 PM   #3
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Re: Eye strain or w/d?

Weird! I don't get headaches, which would be a sign of eyestrain so i have no idea what it could be beside w/d!? Also my eyelids feel heavy and puffy but they don't look that way. This is crazy...
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:38 PM   #4
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Re: Eye strain or w/d?

Withdrawal will definitely mess with your vision. However, like you, I was 39 when I stopped Paxil and sadly, the vision thing only gets worse only now, it's because of age.
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:52 PM   #5
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Re: Eye strain or w/d?

I'm 27, so I don't THINK that's my issue, haha!

But yes, that heavy/puffy feeling... I have that too. Sometimes things feel kind of blurred... but not really. It's so hard to explain - but you are not alone!
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Old 04-03-2012, 05:11 PM   #6
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Re: Eye strain or w/d?

It definitely messes with your vision. I am 49 and my eyes have been going for 10 years. But since I quit paxil it jumps all over the place. I have glasses that are 2 years old and also have a stigmatism. But thinks aren't gradually getting worse they are just jumping all over the place if that makes any sense. I am hoping it settles back down to just the gradual process that goes along with aging.
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Old 04-03-2012, 05:12 PM   #7
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Re: Eye strain or w/d?

I'm positive age is a big factor. But I often feel blurred and find myself digging around for for imaginary eye boogers thinking that's why it's blurry and then clear again. I know which part of it is age, that my kids hold things up for me to look at and I find myself holding the thing further away so i can see it. My Mom caught me one day and said she was my age when that started happening,lol.
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:30 PM   #8
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Re: Eye strain or w/d?

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Withdrawal will definitely mess with your vision. However, like you, I was 39 when I stopped Paxil and sadly, the vision thing only gets worse only now, it's because of age.
Me too....I'm over 40 and wearing tri focals....lol....
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:31 PM   #9
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Re: Eye strain or w/d?

I can totally relate to this. In early decrease I felt like my eye sight was fluctuating and I got an optomitist to test it and he said my eye's were ok - I wear glasses and he said nothing out of the ordinary was coming up.
I'm now on 2mg and getting quite a few headaches that seems to be related to eyestrain. I have to be careful how much time I spend on the computer especially. I will be interested to see how my eyes go when I've been off this stuff for awhile
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:39 AM   #10
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Re: Eye strain or w/d?

When I was taking Paxil my pupils were dilated. During the withdrawal still to make abrupt changes in movement, I have a hard time focusing.

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Old 04-04-2012, 08:51 AM   #11
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Re: Eye strain or w/d?

I have never had to wear glasses or contacts, but when I came off zoloft my vision was messed up.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:16 AM   #12
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Re: Eye strain or w/d?

you guys are not alone, i can see fine, but my eyes strain and feel dry ,. its almost like if you carry heavy weights, you can carry them but eventually if you carry them long enough, you will give out, thats how reading is for me.





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Old 04-04-2012, 01:54 PM   #13
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Re: Eye strain or w/d?

I have 20/20 vision and get checked regularly. I only wear glasses while at work because I'm on the computer all day. While tapering and even after, I've had very dry eyes for quite some time and sometimes feels cloudy, smudgy. But not red or itchy. Its improved a lot for me so I'm thinking, just another symtom of wd.
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:01 PM   #14
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Re: Eye strain or w/d?

When I am having really bad symptoms I feel like it is harder to read the guide on my TV. I know real scientific.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:34 PM   #15
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Re: Eye strain or w/d?

WOW...thanks for posting guys, this sounds so much like what I'm going through. It has to be related to meds!
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:09 AM   #16
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Re: Eye strain or w/d?

I do wear glasses, but have never had this before meds or on meds but only after coming off them, feels like your eyes are really tired and strained, they are sensitive to light as well.
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