Anxiety and my eyes!

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Hi guys,

Just looking for some reassurance really...

Recently came off my Citalopram for anxiety (stupid idea!)

I've had a few eye floaters since I was a teenager, always have my eyes checked every couple years etc

Now I'm convinced I've got more than I usually had and I'm seeing them ALL the time. It's all I can focus on sad loads of lines, squiggles, dots...

Has anyone else had these with anxiety and found they get better with time ?

Am worried they are just going to keep appearing til I can hardly no longer see!

Thanks for any advice


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    Oh, squiggly line in my eye fluid, 

    I see you there lurking on the periphery of my vision, 

    but when I try to look at you, 

    you scurry away. 

    Are you shy, squiggly line? 

    Why only when I ignore you do you return to the center of my eye? 

    Oh, squiggly line, it's all right. 

    You are forgiven.

    - Stewie Griffin.

    That scene cracks me up every single time. But seriously.....eye squiggles are completely normal and appear more with age. There is nothing much that can be done with them as they are a normal part of the aging process. Also, you can see them more clearly in certain light conditions (like more against a white wall).

    I wonder if coming off citalopram has increased your general anxiety and you are now vulnerable to obsessing over things.

    In my job, I unfortunately get exposed to people who have bedbug infestations because I work with vulnerable people. With my current generalized anxiety, I honestly have become semi OBSESSED with bedbugs. Like I was making myself sick worrying about whether I had them, examining every black speck, checking my mattress and skin. 

    For sure the more you focus on something, the more obsessive and irrational it becomes. If you only just came of citalopram than you are probaby experiencing a bit of withdrawl anxiety and since there isn't a specific threat, like a tiger attacking you,  your mind is searching for something to be anxious about and has zeroed in on your squiggly lines.

    Go see your doctor or get your eyes checked for some profesional reassurance!

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    Hi Danielle,

    ​It does sound like you may need to return to Cita, let it run its course to settle the anxiety and any other issues you may or may not have. How long this may take, no one can tell as we're all different.

    ​In the meantime get to see your GP and either get a referral to yer main hospital to see the Eye Dept or go see an Optician and book an appointment. They are very good these days.

    ​As for what you may or may not have floating in yer eye I am not qualified to answer, all I know is that we all have them any more than that I could not say!

    ​Lessening the anxiety will ease many problams you may or may not think you have amongst other things.

    Let us know how things go.



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    Hi Danielle

    I have recently had a few extra floaters too,talked to my GP and he sent me off to a really good Optometrist.He told me that the gel like substance called the vitreous was deteriorating but this is normal as we age.

    Sometimes as the eye adjusts the floaters become less obvious.

    In very rare cases the retina may detach but this is unlikely .It is best to go and have this checked to put your mind at rest.I will go back and have another check in 12months.Im sure there is no cause for concern but check it out.

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