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Anxiety (GAD) Eye issue when waking

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ChristineV0607 Thu 18-Feb-21 09:22:30

Hi
Anyone with severe anxiety (GAD) experience vision problems when waking?
I keep getting peripheral shimmering in the bottom and top of my vision.
I do have Vitreous Detachement in my left eye so get arc lights but this new symptom seems to be in both eyes in dim light. Once I sit up and it's lighter all is OK.
Bit worried as could be PVD or could be muscle twitching due to anxiety as did have a twitch under my left eye for a couple of weeks which Dr said was anxiety related.
Or could it be low blood pressure? Again poss anxiety related.
Help please confused

aggie Thu 18-Feb-21 09:24:52

I think you would be better asking your Doctor about this , rather than unqualified strangers xxx

ChristineV0607 Thu 18-Feb-21 09:28:17

I would but my Dr has labelled me as being an anxious neurotic and tells me everything is my anxiety. So I'm in a difficult position as are many others with acute anxiety. 😥

Anannymous Thu 18-Feb-21 09:37:17

I would suggest a trip to the Opticians they have the equipment to properly examine your eyes and will be able to reassure you or, if necessary, refer you. In the area I live some opticians do an emergency service for certain conditions so it might be worth checking if this applies in your area.

BlueBelle Thu 18-Feb-21 09:59:36

Change your doctor !!! we all have the choice to do that, some doctors are better with mental health problems than others
I have a memory etched in my ‘memory bank’ from many many years ago I wasn’t a particularly anxious person but I had what I found an embarrassing problem, my appointment was made to see a doctor I had had for years, the timing wasn’t the best as I d just finished a night shift, I started telling my concerns and felt my eyes prickling, as I d had to pluck up a lot of courage to talk about it
My doctor held out a box of tissues and said with a laugh ‘I keep these for my middle aged neurotic women’
I stood up and without a word I walked out the surgery, he ran behind me saying ‘Oh do come back, come back’ I just carried on walking and never ever saw him again

annodomini Thu 18-Feb-21 10:39:12

GPs don't have all the equipment necessary for a thorough eye examination. I agree that you need to see your optomotrist who will know about your existing condition. Good Luck.

Margiknot Thu 18-Feb-21 11:24:30

I’m new here so I hope you don’t mind me joining in. I have had PVDs in both eyes now, and in each case the flashing in my vision was more obvious on head and eye movements. They happened in in one eye then a few years later in the other. I would also advise seeing your Optometrist to make sure all is well. PVD in itself is a normal change and I think it happens to most of us eventually! However the concerns is that very rarely the flashing can be a sign of retinal damage, which needs to be sorted urgently. I did indeed have a retinal bleed ( I had lots of new dark floaters in my vision also) but it needed no treatment- just monitoring. I also get flickering lights in my vision related to migraine which is a bit different and affects both eyes at the same time- but I no longer get the headache- just the flickering lights.
I would just advise seeing an eye specialist, especially if your GP assumes everything is due to anxiety! Optometrists are providing ‘essential’ care ( not routine) so I am sure you can be seen.

Blossoming Thu 18-Feb-21 11:30:01

I would echo the advice to see an optometrist. They are still seeing people, I have hypertensive retinopathy and have regular eye exams. They can refer you to a consultant if they think it’s necessary.

Whingingmom Fri 26-Feb-21 23:17:07

Go straight to Eye Casualty. They have specialist equipment and up to date knowledge. You can phone for advice or just walk in.

Mandymoo456 Fri 05-Mar-21 13:47:47

Hi
I'm new here
I've just read your post and it what I get, I've been to eye hospital and been prescribed drops for pressure
It's been a week and I do feel slightly better,however eyes are very tired
Ive found the desk are just not qualified and the word migraine makes them look at you gone out
I'm finding more things out of online and that's mostly where I have got comfort from
Not gps