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A week ago I saw a halo around a light. When i blinked, it was gone. Could this be from dry eyes? Now i see it all the time? Could anxiety cause this?

A week ago I saw a halo around a light. When i blinked, it was gone. Could this be from dry eyes? Now i see it all the time? Could anxiety cause this?

Could be: Could be but probably not. Have your eyes felt dry? More likely in an 18 year old is allergy producing some mucus that gets blinked away. Clearing up with blinking does localize the problem to the surface of the eye. An exam with an MD can tell you the exact cause. Anxiety would not cause this. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Taking Lexotan 0.75mg for GAD. Dry eyes. Can't take antidepressant. Will Lexotan lose its effect after some time n cause more anxiety?

Taking Lexotan 0.75mg for GAD. Dry eyes. Can't take antidepressant. Will Lexotan lose its effect after some time n cause more anxiety?

Not for long term: Lexotan (bromazepam) is an addicting benzodiapine drug. It is only to be used short term and on an occasional basis. There are much better choices of meds. Behavioral therapy is darn-near essential for effective control and may decrease medication usage. Don't drive or operate heavy machinery or engage in hazardous activities while taking it. Tolerance can develop too, with regular use. ...Read more

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Can seeing haloes around bright lights be from anxiety or dry eyes? both ODs say that my eyes are fine

Can seeing haloes around bright lights be from anxiety or dry eyes? both ODs say that my eyes are fine

Two types of haloes.: The classic symptom of colored haloes around lights occurs due to corneal edema, often associated with acute angle closure glaucoma. Otherwise, white haloes around lights are usually caused by a refractive error, but any corneal surface irregularity, including dry eyes, can cause the symptom. Artificial tears are an easy treatment, and many medications, especially anxiolytics, can cause dryness. ...Read more

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Severe dry eyes.Reduced Dothiepin 31.25mg to 12.5mg last night. Upped Lexotan 0.375mg to 1.5mg. Suffer from anxiety, etc. How long will symptoms last?

Severe dry eyes.Reduced Dothiepin 31.25mg to 12.5mg last night. Upped Lexotan 0.375mg to 1.5mg. Suffer from anxiety, etc. How long will symptoms last?

Anxiety, med changes: Since you are obviously not in the USA( both meds are not available in America) , Its essential any Med changes should be made by a psychiatrist and NOT yourself, since you might not need a prescription to get psychotropic meds where you are. Lexotan ( bromazepam) is highly addictive , so caution is advised . You might need a newer med (e.g SSRI,SNRI) in place of a TCA like dothiapen). SEE A DOC! ...Read more

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Been on ativan (lorazepam) 1mg for years how can I wean off? Safely getting side effects dry eyes and anxiety!

Been on ativan (lorazepam) 1mg for years how can I wean off?  Safely getting side effects dry eyes and anxiety!

Omega 3's: Do it gradually. Cut it down to 1/2 then when ok to 1/4. If there are no contraindications use calming supplements like melatonin for sleep, cortitrol for adrenal help, omega3s for their anti-inflammatory potency and find someone you can talk to when life gets hard. Omega3's will also help the dry eye. ...Read more

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Why when I look at lights, I see it ghosting straight above it? My eye docs aid my eyes were fine. Anxiety? Dry eyes?

Why when I look at lights, I see it ghosting straight above it? My eye docs aid my eyes were fine. Anxiety? Dry eyes?

Neither- normal eyes: The electrophysiological response to seeing is much like how a camera works, and seeing the negatives on a camera look like the opposite of what we just saw in terms of density of color imaging, and what appears to be ghosting. You are just more aware of it than most. Also, like after flash bulbs go off, and then you see the image of the flash for awhile, then it disappears.UR eye doctors r right! ...Read more

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Headache, dry eyes, dry mouth, halos and starbursts in vision. Could this be from anxiety? Ive had severe anxiety for months.

Headache, dry eyes, dry mouth, halos and starbursts in vision. Could this be from anxiety? Ive had severe anxiety for months.

Could be: You are a young boy and should be bursting with energy and Enthusiasm. If you are suffering from Anxiety hope you are getting some help both from School and home/Physician.
There is Migraine type of headache( Called Cluster headache) can also cause similar symptoms. If you are having some visual hallucination please seek doctors help ASAP. ...Read more

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Have noticed some symptoms flare together - extreme fatigue, dry eyes, heart palpitations. Could this be an autoimmune problem or more likely anxiety?

Have noticed some symptoms flare together - extreme fatigue, dry eyes, heart palpitations. Could this be an autoimmune problem or more likely anxiety?

Uncertain: Would need more information to guide you. There are many other considerations beside anxiety and autoimmune. You can discuss this with your physicians. You will need an evalaution, laboratory and even possible imaging to help clarify your question. ...Read more

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Can halos around lights, occasional blurred vision, and eye strain be from dry eyes? Also, can dry eyes be from anxiety?

Can halos around lights, occasional blurred vision, and eye strain be from dry eyes? Also, can dry eyes be from anxiety?

I'm not an: opthalmologist, but the obvious first suggestion is to make an appointment with one. In an older person you want to eliminate cataracts as a potential diagnose. In a younger person, while cataracts do occur, there are lots of other potential causes that need a look-see. Opthalmologists also know about what causes dry eyes. ...Read more

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Does Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) have less or more side effects than the one I take "Concerta"? Symptoms: (confusion, anxiety, fear, inability to focus, dry eyes)

Does Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) have less or more side effects than the one I take "Concerta"?

Symptoms: (confusion, anxiety, fear, inability to focus, dry eyes)

Either stimulant, : methylphenidate or amphetamine can cause headache, stomach ache, agitation &/or insomnia. When one type causes side effects, the other one may not. Your doctor will probably try Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) or Adderall XR. It also could be that you can't tolerate the dose. Sometimes a low dose of stimulant + a non-stimulant works. Finding an optimal treatment regimen requires good communication with your doctor. ...Read more

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Could I have fms my body aches all over no motivation eye floaters chest pain gland swelling headaches joint pain dry eyes major anxiety .... Help?

Could I have fms my body aches all over no motivation eye floaters chest pain gland swelling headaches joint pain dry eyes major anxiety .... Help?

Possibly: Your description sounds like your anxiety is manifesting as multiple physical complaints. You should see a mental health professional to get your anxiety under control. If you symptoms worsen, you may need to see a regular doctor as well. ...Read more

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I have anxiety. Past month I've been dealing with issues, light sensitivity, eye pain, eye discomfort, eye irritation, eye strain, and eye fatigued. Saw an Optometrist & Ophthalmologist, found dry eyes, but keep getting thoughts I'm going blind? Help

I have anxiety. Past month I've been dealing with issues, light sensitivity, eye pain, eye discomfort, eye irritation, eye strain, and eye fatigued. Saw an Optometrist & Ophthalmologist, found dry eyes, but keep getting thoughts I'm going blind? Help

Beginning to sound: like hypochondriasis. That's when you think you have a medical condition, obsess over it, but don't really have anything physically wrong. You could have other kinds of anxiety (GAD, phobia, panic, etc.) but you'd have to go to a psychologist for an eval. Here's a beginning reference on anxiety:

http://www.psychologyproductsandservices.com/page2.html ...Read more

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Does dry eyes cause pain in the eyes?

Does dry eyes cause pain in the eyes?

Yes: Dry eyes can be painful. It is important to keep your eyes well lubricated. ...Read more

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Does Lexotan cause dry eyes? Taking 0.75mg daily.

Not listed: Dry eyes are not listed as a side effect but there is a history of some antidepressants having that side effect. Middle age is a time of life that many people do suffer this condition and you might ask your PCP, opthalmologist or a pharmacist for ideas. Drinking lots of water may help and using good OTC eye moisturizers. Take care, best wishes! ...Read more

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What could be the cause of extreme dry eyes and dark circles?

What could be the cause of extreme dry eyes and dark circles?

Might be eczema: If you are a person with allergies, asthma, etc it may be due to eczema. Atopic dermatitis can cause dark circles around the eyes and dry eyes to boot (atopic keratoconjunctivitis). Do you have rashes on your body? If so, you may have your answer. I would see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Can dry eyes cause scaling of lids, especially during winter ?

No: Dry eye is a term reserved for drying of the cornea (the front window of the eye). Dry eyelids can be caused by cold dry environments, similarly to dry lips. Scaling can also be caused by conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. See an eye doctor the next time this occurs. ...Read more

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If I watch computer or tv for a long time .Will it cause me dry eyes ?

If I watch computer or tv for a long time .Will it cause me dry eyes ?

It Can: Studies have shown that our blin rate decreases by 50% when we look at a computer screen. Blinking more, or using artificialtears may be helpful, ...Read more

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What STD causes dry eyes and pain from kissing?

Need more info: Dry eyes can be many things. Not aware of any stds that only affect eyes. Any other symptoms? You should see a doc for an std checkup. Oral herpes maybe. But very rare that it goes to eyes. ...Read more

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Causes for dry eyes?

Causes for dry eyes?

Many: Causes for dry eye including those that cause not enough production of tears and those that cause your tears to disappear too quickly. Your eyemd should be able to help figure out which you have and give an appropriate treatment plan. ...Read more

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What causes dry eyes?

Many issues: Age, systemic meds, lid and skin disease, autoimmune disease, hormonal changes, viruses, diabetes and other neurotrophic issues, and many more. ...Read more

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What could cause dry eyes?

Dry eyes: Are caused by a deficiency of the tears which your eyes produce. Typically there is no specific cause found for dry eyes, but symptoms can be caused by other eye conditions, both infectious and inflammatory. If you are having significant problems, then you should see your ophthalmologist for a complete exam. ...Read more

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What causes chronic dry eyes?

What causes chronic dry eyes?

Causes of dry eyes: Dry eyes can be caused many reasons. They can be aggravated by allergies. Tears can diminish as we age or with hormonal changes and contact lens wear. Many medicines can cause dryness such as some high blood pressure meds and diuretics. ...Read more

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Can dry eyes cause blurriness?

Can dry eyes cause blurriness?

Common: When the human cornea becomes dry, it's surface can become irregular and swollen. This may cause the light entering the eye(s) to be distorted and the vision to be blurred. Reconstituting the volume and quality of the tear film will typically resolve the blurring. This can be accomplished with artificial tears, lacrimal plugs, anti-inflammatory drops, and restasis! ...Read more

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What are the causes of?Dry eyes?Even when closed?

What are the causes of?Dry eyes?Even when closed?

Many reasons: Dry eye has several causes. Usually it is due to increased evaporation rate (dry wind blowing in your face, staring at a computer screen all day, etc). Or you may not be making enough tears (medication side effect, certain medical conditions etc). You may be sleeping with you eyes slightly open, in which case ointment (genteal /lacrilube /refresh pm) at bedtime would help. ...Read more

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What would cause extremely dry eyes at night only?

What would cause extremely dry eyes at night only?

Lids open at night: A common cause of night-time dryness is the eyes drifting open during sleep. The exposed portion of the eye dries out, producing often significant symptoms if we awake during the night or first thing in the morning. Using an otc lubricating ointment in the eyes at bedtime is helpful in theses cases, since the ointment coats the surface of the eye, preventing drying out if it should drift open. ...Read more

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What could be the cause for dry eyes every morning?

What could be the cause for dry eyes every morning?

Dry eyes: "dry eyes occur when your tears aren't able to provide adequate moisture for your eyes. Tears can be inadequate for many reasons. For example, dry eyes may occur if you don't produce enough tears or if you produce poor-quality tears." for more see: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/dry-eyes/ds00463. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Bradley
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Dry Eyes (Definition)

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Dry Eye Syndrome (Definition)

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