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How Stress Can Affect Your Vision

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Stress is one of the most common reasons for many health problems – and it can also have a bad impact on our vision. When we start to stress out too much, a lot of pressure is put on our eyes because of the high adrenaline levels causing our pupils to dilate. During stressful situations, the brain sends signals to the eye to prepare you on how to deal with the situation. However, whenever it sends signals, your pupils dilate. If the brain is constantly sending such signals, your eyes will slowly stop functioning properly. There are many problems you will face with your eyesight if you keep stressing yourself out.

Problems with Eyesight due to Stress

  1. Your vision will start to get unclear and blurry.
  2. You will find it difficult to see in the light. The light will start to hurt your eyes, hence you won’t be able to sit in brightness or you might have to wear sunglasses most of the time.
  3. You will start to put extra strain on your eyes by glaring into your phone or computer screens for a long time in order to see properly.
  4. You will lose your side vision, which helps you see from a wider angle. This is called tunnel vision, in which you can only see from the center of your eye concentrating on one particular position.
  5. You might start to experience eye floaters. Eye floaters are tiny spread out spots that you start to see every time you open your eyes.
  6. You might experience your eyes to be watery all the time or you will experience dryness, which causes excessive itching and irritation.
  7. Constant spasms might be experienced on one or both of the eyes.

How to Reduce or Deal with These Problems

It is important to find ways to overcome these problems. In order to avoid these issues, you will first have to work on ways to reduce and deal with your stress. Here are a few ways to help you destress:

  1. Make time for yourself to work out before leaving for your job or school. Exercising is a great way to destress. It warms you up and prepares you for your day ahead. Also, you start to feel energized and positive.
  2. Meditation also helps. There are many different forms of mediation, you can do it on your own to calm yourself down or you can also attend different yoga and meditation classes. Meditation helps you to calm your mind, body and soul. If you have a very stressful schedule, meditation may help you to destress.
  3. Taking a warm shower or bath will help to calm your mind and body and it will help you feel fresh.
  4. Sometimes venting out can help you calm down and make you feel a bit better. Talk to someone who you know might calm you down or write whatever you’re feeling in a journal or diary.
  5. Eating healthy will help you maintain a healthy on track lifestyle.
  6. Make sure to get proper sleep.

Stress is something that we will experience for the rest of our lives, but it is important to take control of it in order to prevent issues such as visionary issues.

Written by Total Focus

At Total Focus Optometry, we’ve spent the last 70 years building meaningful relationships with our patients and their families. From routine eye exams to contact lens fittings we offer our patients a variety of services to meet their eye care needs.

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