Lexapro and vision problems?

mar Community Member October 24, 2007
  • I have been taking lexapro for a while now. I had no adverse effects at first. About four months ago I started losing my distance vision and now both close up and distance are becoming a problem. I am wonering if this could be a side effect even though I am told it is not "listed" as one.

    Has anyone else taking this med for a while been experiencing this?

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18 Comments
  • Africandude
    May. 14, 2015
    Great to find this thread, I started Lexamil 6 weeks ago and am struggling with weird vision problems, specifically in my left eye. Have gone back to my psychiatrist and we are working on the doses to see if we can resolve this, nice to know that the problem is medication related. Hang in there folks...
    • Eileen Bailey
      Health Guide
      May. 18, 2015
      Thanks for your comment. I am glad that you are working with your doctor to resolve this problem. Eileen
  • rmn1229
    Apr. 16, 2015
    I took Lexapro for only 1 week. I had a migraine for a week straight, while on it. My vision is still not right and I've been off of it for a week now. I have blurred and double vision while trying to read. As for driving just a very weird feeling trying to focus on the road. I went to the ophthalmologist, had a thorough exam and he couldn't find anything wrong...
    RHMLucky777
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    I took Lexapro for only 1 week. I had a migraine for a week straight, while on it. My vision is still not right and I've been off of it for a week now. I have blurred and double vision while trying to read. As for driving just a very weird feeling trying to focus on the road. I went to the ophthalmologist, had a thorough exam and he couldn't find anything wrong with my eyes. If I knew this medication was going to cause such havoc I would never had taken it. Does anyone know how long this is going to last, I'm afraid to drive any long distances. Thanks Rose N.
    • Eileen Bailey
      Health Guide
      Apr. 20, 2015
      I am sorry you are having such a difficult time. Everyone reacts differently to medication, therefore it is impossible to say how long this situation will last for you. Hopefully, your vision will continue to improve each day and return to normal. You don't mention whether you have talked with the prescribing physician about this. If not, I would suggest that...
      RHMLucky777
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      I am sorry you are having such a difficult time. Everyone reacts differently to medication, therefore it is impossible to say how long this situation will last for you. Hopefully, your vision will continue to improve each day and return to normal. You don't mention whether you have talked with the prescribing physician about this. If not, I would suggest that would be a good place to turn for information. Eileen
    • hello2015
      Apr. 23, 2015
      Hello. I just took one 20mg tablet yesterday and it hit me hard. The directions told me to take one tablet a day and I did. Then I remembered from my appointment that I was told to take 1/2 a day...oops! From that one tablet-I had nausea, shakiness, crazy diahhrea. I researched online and it stated that it takes 27-32 hours for the 20mg to go down a half-life....
      RHMLucky777
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      Hello. I just took one 20mg tablet yesterday and it hit me hard. The directions told me to take one tablet a day and I did. Then I remembered from my appointment that I was told to take 1/2 a day...oops! From that one tablet-I had nausea, shakiness, crazy diahhrea. I researched online and it stated that it takes 27-32 hours for the 20mg to go down a half-life. So, 20mg in your bloodstream to 10mg to 5mg and so on. So, with that-it could take 4-5 days for ONE 20mg tablet to be out of the bloodstream. So since you were on it for a week, you can do the calculation and factor in how long it will be in your bloodstream. If one 20mg tablet can take 4-5 days, then a weeks worth would be a bit longer. I have blurred vision also up close from that one pill. So it sounds normal that you would still have the blurred vision with a week's worth in your system.
  • Chloealise1
    Apr. 08, 2015
    I have been on lexapro for only 1 month due to anxiety and my my eyes have gotten very blury long distance wise which courses me to panick. I am only 18 so I shouldn't have any problem with my eye sight. Does anyone know if you get off this drug your eye sight will go back to normal ?
    • ranedellinger
      Jun. 26, 2015
      Yes, I have been talking lexapro for a few years now and realized I was having trouble with my vision. I thought it was just my eyes but over the past about 3 months Ive been reducing my dosage down to taking none at all, and my vision has gone back to the way I remember it being.
  • T. Guns
    Jan. 20, 2015
    I just wanted to thank everybody who commented on this thread. It just happened to be the link I clicked, first one, because I too have been recently having very noticeable issues with my eyesight and eyes in general. I always have had perfect 20/20 vision, sometimes even better than others. I just turned 30, not much difference in my life except weight. I've...
    RHMLucky777
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    I just wanted to thank everybody who commented on this thread. It just happened to be the link I clicked, first one, because I too have been recently having very noticeable issues with my eyesight and eyes in general. I always have had perfect 20/20 vision, sometimes even better than others. I just turned 30, not much difference in my life except weight. I've been on Lexapro (Escitalopram) I would guess for approx. 7-9 months and this issue began occurring about 1 month ago - before Christmas 2014. I first was feeling what I discovered from looking up Lexapro on Wikipedia to be "brain shocks and zaps" when waking up and moving my head left to right. Then my eyes began to have strain and pain, I thought at first was related to continuous computer monitor viewing since I'm a writer. But today, since it has been going on since I woke up at 9am (10:30am, EST right now), it's clear to see that there isn't any reason for it to happen already, this early. So, something deep inside told me to search "Lexapro eye problems" on Google and boom! Here I am. I wasn't surprised to read all of this actually, it made me happy because well, I don't want to lose my eyesight, never at all and esp. not at 30-31 years old. But glad to know others having same issue, and weird too, because it's STILL NOT an adverse effect at ALL and this thread was from 10/2007 and it's already January 2015!! I even called my Doctor just now, both nurses take Lexapro and none have experienced this, I do know one wears glasses so maybe because they are women? But then again, there are girls on this thread. Anyway, point is, here are my symptoms, started about 6-7 months into use: 1. Eye strain 2. Squinting Eyes 3. Close-Up Vision Blurring 4. Distance Vision Blurring 5. Reading with lights even worse 6. Discomfort, Nausea-like feeling in response to this 7. Cataract-like beginning. This is why I'm calling, it NEVER started on its own like this before taking medicine. That's about it. 30 Y.O. White Male, 200 LBS, Also taking Suboxone & Lorazepam (Ativan). On Lexapro (Escitalopram) for 7-9 months now. That's about it. Hope everyone just calls the DR. because at this point, I feel that is the best option, as Holly said above. God Bless! Tommy
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    Anonymous
    Aug. 07, 2009

    I have been taking Lexapro for about a year, and in that time my eyes have developed rapidly growing cataracts! Also experiencing blurred vision, so I am starting to wean off the drug!

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    JMS
    Oct. 15, 2008

    I've been on Lexapro for three years.  The vision in my right eye is significantly worse then my left, giving me a "3-D" feeling.  I've had numerous eye exams, and it was determined that my eyes were fine, it was my brain.  My vision is always worse in the morning, and seems to improve a little by evening.  I never considered the Lexapro...

    RHMLucky777

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    I've been on Lexapro for three years.  The vision in my right eye is significantly worse then my left, giving me a "3-D" feeling.  I've had numerous eye exams, and it was determined that my eyes were fine, it was my brain.  My vision is always worse in the morning, and seems to improve a little by evening.  I never considered the Lexapro until last night, when I happened to take my dose at 3AM instead of the usual 7AM.  The vision in my right eye is the worst it's ever been.  Now that I've read this website, I'm calling my neurologist and will begin to wean off this medication.

    • Anonymous
      Mark
      Apr. 04, 2014

      Hi JMS, not sure if you are still picking up messages on this forum but hoping you are.

       

      Did you ever find out what was causing the 3-D effect with your vision.

       

      I am experiencing exactly the same effects, mainly when there is a lighter background, and normally happens in the first half of the day.

       

      Im not taking any medication but I do use...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hi JMS, not sure if you are still picking up messages on this forum but hoping you are.

       

      Did you ever find out what was causing the 3-D effect with your vision.

       

      I am experiencing exactly the same effects, mainly when there is a lighter background, and normally happens in the first half of the day.

       

      Im not taking any medication but I do use VDUs alot during the day.

       

      Have had an MRI and eye exam, all seems to be fine but still getting this vision issue. 

       

      Any help is greatly appreciated.

       

      Thanks

  • Anonymous
    Anna Martin
    Mar. 13, 2008
    I have only been taking lexapro for a 4 months and my vision seems fuzzy.  I am going to talk to my dr. about it next week.  Also, I am sleeping like a rock - anyone else sleeping throught their alarm clock or sleeping way in on the weekends?
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Feb. 14, 2008

    i too have noticed a problem with my vision after starting lexapro..and my vision being out of whack seems to make me have more frequent headaches. im definitely going to be speaking to my doctor about this. has anyone heard yet from a doctor??

     

    curious,

    Jen

  • Anonymous
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    Dec. 29, 2007

    I have recently began taking Lexapro, within the last three months, due to anxiety. I have noticed that while driving especially that my distance vision clarity has lessened. I was wondering if it was the Lexapro or just another side effect of the anxiety.

    • Anonymous
      Carol
      Jan. 30, 2008
      I had been on Zoloft and noticed my vision at night and driving worsen. I went to 2 eye doctors, one told just made my glasses stronger (that didnt do the trick) and the other made me get special glasses for stigmatism (those glasses did absolutely nothing). I didn't realize it was the Zoloft until after I had been off of them for a few months and noticed...
      RHMLucky777
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      I had been on Zoloft and noticed my vision at night and driving worsen. I went to 2 eye doctors, one told just made my glasses stronger (that didnt do the trick) and the other made me get special glasses for stigmatism (those glasses did absolutely nothing). I didn't realize it was the Zoloft until after I had been off of them for a few months and noticed how perfect my vision was all the sudden. I just started Lexapre 3 days ago and my vision is jacked up again. IT IS DEFINITELY ANTI-DEPRESSANTS AND DOCTORS SHOULD BE FREAKING AWARE OF THIS before they go making people buy 300 dollar glasses at the drop of a dime. IDIOTS
  • Anonymous
    Guy
    Nov. 07, 2007

    I too have experienced vision problems with distance and while driving.  I recently got glasses but still have some trouble.  I have been on this drug for 3 years.  My vision trouble started up over the last 6 months.  It is important to note that I am weaning off the drug and these effects may be related to withdraw.

     

    Guy

  • Anonymous
    val
    Nov. 07, 2007
    I too have expirienced differences in my vision. When at a stop light and other cars are going by I see a blur follow their car. It's kind of hard to explain.
  • hollyz
    Nov. 07, 2007

    Dear mar,

     

    Regardless of whether vision problems are listed as a possible side effect of Lexapro, I would strongly encourage you to speak with your doctor about this potential side effect. 

     

    Best of Luck,

    Holly