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Can anxiety or stress cause visual disturbances? I have been seeing red and green spots in vision. I also notice small things in the air like dust.

Can anxiety or stress cause visual disturbances? I have been seeing red and green spots in vision. I also notice small things in the air like dust.

Depakote, Anxiety: I understand your concern. Thank you for informing about Anxiety disorder, and using Depakote. It is likely that your anxiety and visual disturbances are due to Depakote. Depakote is not a medication for Anxiety. Anxiety can cause visual disturbances. See Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, need for Depakote; discuss decreasing and then discontinuing Depakote; using Ativan (lorazepam) or Xanax; Therapy for stress

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

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Does anxiety cause visual disturbances like hallucinations?

Does anxiety cause visual disturbances like hallucinations?

Not hallucinations: Anxiety, when severe enough as in a panic attack, can cause "tunnel vision" where all you see is that which is in front of you. This is due to the effects of adrenaline. Sometimes on can feel that they are out of their body or the situation is not real. Anxiety does not cause auditory hallucinations (hearing voices talking) or visual hallucinations (seeing figures others don't see).

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What kind of visual disturbances do you get from anxiety?

What kind of visual disturbances do you get from anxiety?

Not sure: Hi. Anxiety is a very powerful thing, but I'm not sure what you mean. What do you mean by visual disturbances? Can you give an example? Thanks.

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Can severe astigmatism cause visual disturbances?

Can severe astigmatism cause visual disturbances?

Yes: Yes. Severe astigmatism is often at least partially irregular which would cause significant visual distortion.

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How does dr. Determine fibromyalgia? I have strange pains constantly. Can fibromyalgia cause visual disturbances?

How does dr. Determine fibromyalgia? I have strange pains constantly. Can fibromyalgia cause visual disturbances?

Exclusion: Fibromyalgia is a diagnosis of exclusion. After all other conditions causing that spectrum of symptoms are eliminated, fibromyalgia is what is left. Diagnoses are made using testing that is 'above' standard thresholds. Things below those thresholds, but which cause legitimate symptoms are what is left. Fibromyalgia does not affect the eyes although sufferers do have ey problems.

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Couldstress cause visual disturbances such as diplopia?

Couldstress cause visual disturbances such as diplopia?

No: Stress could perhaps cause difficulty with focus and might even be associated with blurred vision, but true double vision would be caused by structural or metabolic problems associated with a multitude of causes.

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What can cause strange sensations and visual disturbances?

What can cause strange sensations and visual disturbances?

Many things: These are vague symptoms attributable to almost anything underlying. Thus I would recommend seeking medical advice with an eye md for further evaluation and treatment. Good luck!

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What could be the cause of the visual disturbances, and what should she do about them?

What could be the cause of the visual disturbances, and what should she do about them?

Vague complaint: "visual disturbances" is a vague ; generalized complaint ; can be caused by so many things you could publish a book about them. I would see your eyecare doctor to take a more thorough history ; have complete exam to try to narrow the cause list. Rx is based on the etiology of the symptoms.

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What causes visual disturbances where everything seems to be moving back and forth rapidly?

What causes visual disturbances where everything seems to be moving back and forth rapidly?

Oscillopsia: This condition known as oscillopsia occurs when the eyes are moving rapidly back and forth (nystagmus). It is generally caused by a problem in the inner ear or lower part of the brain (cerebellum and brain stem).

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Can dementia cause hallucinations or visual disturbances?

Can dementia cause hallucinations or visual disturbances?

Not exactly: Hallucinations or visual disturbances aren't symptoms of dementia, per se. However, patients with dementia may experience hallucinations or delusions if a delirium or other cause of these symptoms is superimposed on the dementia. Delirium develops over a short period of time (usually hours to days) and tends to fluctuate throughout the day. Patients with delirium often respond well to treatment.

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What can cause a visual disturbances only in my left eye?

What can cause a visual disturbances only in my left eye?

Many things: Check to see if it is the left half of the field of both eyes - in which case it could be migraine. Otherwise it could be a problem on the left such as retinal detachment, optic neuropathy, diabetes, cataract, glaucoma. If persistent you should be your ophthalmologist for evaluation.

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Could the wrong prescription of glasses cause visual disturbances & double vision?

Could the wrong prescription of glasses cause visual disturbances & double vision?

Possibly: It depends upon how off the prescription is. Moderate difference from the true power can be compensated well by most eyes. Only if the prescription is way off can you experience blur and doubling of vision.

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Insomnia chronic, an peeing a lot, visual disturbances, fluid retetnion off balance what's the cause.?

Insomnia chronic, an peeing a lot, visual disturbances, fluid retetnion off balance what's the cause.?

Vague: Hard to say what is going on with your variety of symptoms- prostate concerns, ear issues, etc. Get to a Dr., preferably an internal medicine Dr. Whom can hopefully determine what is going on.

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Current lithium level is 1.66, can this cause symptoms like, exhaustion, sleepiness, off balance, weird visual disturbances, shakiness, jerky muscles?

Current lithium level is 1.66, can this cause symptoms like, exhaustion, sleepiness, off balance, weird visual disturbances, shakiness, jerky muscles?

Yes!: The symptoms you describe can all be due to a high lithium level. It's very important to keep the level within the therapeutic range, and levels over 1.5 are considered toxic. However the timing of the lab test relative to your dose matters. Please contact your physician as soon as possible for instructions on what to do with the dose and when to check again.

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Visual Disturbances (Definition)

A visual disturbance is simply anything that affects quality and/or quantity of sight. It can be from the eye, brain, etc or a signal of ...Read more