fear of bridges late in life


've read most of these posts and concur with the symptoms: 1) sudden onset late in life (for me SF Bay bridge-age 45, 2) sweaty palms and anxiety, 3) worst going up than down, 3) bothered by the open view off the sides, 4) vertigo-like sensation of losing control and flying off edge, and) 5) compelled to plan alternative routes to avoid bridges.

Given the late age onset I wonder whether vision conditions have something to do with it. For example, while I'm 20/20 with glasses I wear tri-focals (bi-focal without the line) lenses. I also have a family history of glaucoma and the optometrist told me my optic nerve is showing early signs of thinning. The next time I have a bridge to cross I am going to try glasses with single lens.

Another condition might have something to do with viscosity of fluid in the inner ear. I had vertigo for 3 weeks in the 1990s caused by using a Shaper Image massaging device to the back of my head. Doctor said it altered inner ear viscosity causing dizziness. By the way, my bridge problem worsened since that time.

Would like to know if others have bifocals, family history of glaucoma, or detached retina.

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