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What causes colored spots in vision daily that's worse when I'm anxious. and pulsating vision when coughing?

What causes colored spots in vision daily that's worse when I'm anxious. and pulsating vision when coughing?

Couple possibilities: Increased intracranial pressure, either due to pseudotumor cerebri, systemic hypertension, with Valsalva exacerbations. Sounds like you may have scotoma, or - very unlikely - localized occipital cortex kindling. Are you on depakote for seizures or vascular migraine prophylaxis? Are you on HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide) for high blood pressure or PTC? Consider stopping Ovcon - associated with bad cerebrovascular events. ...Read more

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Vision (Definition)

Vision is a feature of a person's brain that allows him to see. He must have normal eyes, optic nerves (that stretch from the eyes to the back of his brain), and visual cortex (the vision center in the brain), in order to see properly. An ophthalmologist is a ...Read more


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What causes colored spots in vision while being anxious? Have had eye exam and neurological exam EEG and mri. Could it be something psychological?

What causes colored spots in vision while being anxious? Have had eye exam and neurological exam EEG and mri. Could it be something psychological?

Spotty vision ?Cause: Bc u note u've had nl eye, neuro exams & nl EEG & MRI -- AND that these colored spots arise when you're feeling anxious -- it seems reasonable to consider anx as a cause. Psychiatric illnesses are diagnoses of exclusion -- meaning you and your doc should rule out all medical causes 1st to be safe. There is robust literature to support various visual changes that occur in mood & anxiety disorders ...Read more

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What will cause blurry spots in my vision?

What will cause blurry spots in my vision?

So many possible: So many possible reasons...May be as simple as dryness, but could be from floaters due to a vitreous bleed. You need to see an eye doctor, especially if this is a new symptom. ...Read more

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What causes colored spots to appear in vision when getting upset anxious or stressed?

What causes colored spots to appear in vision when  getting upset anxious or stressed?

Migraine?: I suspect a migraine aura which you could see at night or day. If you've never experienced this symptom before, make an appointment to see an eyeMD to reassure your eyes are okay. If you have other symptoms such as headache, nausea, vomiting medications may be prescribed if particularly frequent and severe. You take Depakote for seizure disorder I presume, so it is advisable to talk to your PCP. ...Read more

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When I do moderate exercise I get lots of white lines and spots in vision.occurs other times too but definitely worse with exercise.causes?

When I do moderate exercise I get lots of white lines and spots in vision.occurs other times too but definitely worse with exercise.causes?

Possible cause: The symptoms you describe could be consistent with high blood pressure, and more specifically, high intracranial pressure as a manifestation of high blood pressure. Exercise can exacerbate the symptoms. Worth going in for a check up. With history of prediabetes, blood sugar fluctuations are also possible. ...Read more

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What would cause me to get black spots in vision and like gnats?

What would cause me to get black spots in vision and like gnats?

Floaters: Could be caused by cellular debris floating in the vitreous gel of the eye. A dilated eye exam called indirect ophthalmoscopy should be performed by your ophthalmologist to make sure that there is not a treatable condition. ...Read more

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Colored spots in vision daily. Have been told by 3 specialist that it's caused by anxiety. I am very anxious Could you explain how anxiety causes it?

Colored spots in vision daily. Have been told by 3 specialist that it's caused by anxiety. I am very anxious  Could you explain how anxiety causes it?

Anxiety causes probs: Anxiety/depression & all of its mental cousins have the uncanny ability to cause every type of subjective complaint of pain (and its cousins) imaginable. The actual "WHY/HOW" is not nearly as important as discovering and addressing the root cause of the problem. My previous response advised keeping a log of your events and seeking out a headache specialist. You may find answers with them. GL! ...Read more

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Can Depakote sprinkles cause colored spots in vision constantly? Have been taking Depakote 15 years but only been seeing spots for 1 year.

Can Depakote sprinkles cause colored spots in vision constantly? Have been taking Depakote 15 years but only been seeing spots for 1 year.

Floaters: Any time you have new spots, or floaters, in your vision you need to have retinal evaluation by an Ophthalmologist. They could indicate a retinal tear or detachment. There are other harmless causes, but please seek evaluation ASAP. If its been a year your risk is low, but you still need an exam. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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I have little black spots in vision?

I have little black spots in vision?

Need exam: The onset of new objects floating in you field of vision may indicate a retinal tear or detachment has taken place. Both of these conditions are sight threatening eye emergencies. You need an urgent comprehensive ophthalmologic examination. ...Read more

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Bent down to get something and stood up really fast. Got black spots in vision. Why is this?

Bent down to get something and stood up really fast. Got black spots in vision. Why is this?

Low BP: When you stand up too quickly, the blood rushes from your brain causing dizziness and blurred vision. Try to do this a little slower. ...Read more

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Spots in vision (similar to ones you get after looking at sun); extreme headache later (no headache & vision at same time though)?

Ophthalmic Migraine: Spots in vision can be due to: blood flow issues in brain/migraine; vitreous (gel in eye) floaters; dry tear film (improves though with blinking); See eyeMD to be sure all parts of eye are ok & symptoms are likely due to ophthalmic migraine: see migraine diet sheet on eyedoc2020@blogspot.com. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Have had multiple test and multiple dr. Tell me my anxiety is what is causing me to see colored spots in vision daily. Could you explain how?

Have had multiple test and multiple dr. Tell me my anxiety is what is causing me to see colored spots in vision daily.  Could you explain how?

Need primary doc: You'll need to find a primary care doctor, that you can trust, and can help interpret multiple consults, treatment recommendations, and diagnoses. They can help you decide on your care. ...Read more

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Can someone with blind spots in vision still receive a driver's license?

Can someone with blind spots in vision still receive a driver's license?

Yes: In most states, you can legally obtain a driver's license if you have one eye that sees 20/40 or better. ...Read more

Spots In Vision (Definition)

Spots in vision may be floaters. They are noted in visual field but ...Read more