Vision Problems Linked to Stress

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Stress is not only bad for a person’s physical health, it can also affect a person’s mental health and well-being. When a person suffers from eye problems related to stress, it means that person will have to deal with a greater level of stress-related mental stress. In some cases, in less severe cases, emotional isolation and depression may ensue as well. Learning how to reduce stress-related vision problems can be a great first step in fighting off stress and avoiding these eye problems in the future.

The fight or flight response is what triggers the response when a person is faced with a perceived threat. This response involves the body preparing itself to either do battle or run away. For instance, during times of heightened anxiety or stress, a person may have an increase in adrenaline secretion as well as release of other hormones like nor epinephrine or adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH). These hormones are responsible for triggering a number of different biological responses that will help a person fight or flee. However, excess adrenaline and ACTH release has been linked to the development of a number of vision problems including blurriness, headaches, dry eyes, and possible loss of vision.

Eye twitching and light sensitivity

Eye twitching and light sensitivity is often caused by the body trying to tell the brain that it is stressed out and that the eyes need to rest. The eyes begin to respond to the body’s message by releasing more tears and displaying increased blood vessel expansion in the visual system. As a result, people who have experienced stress have been known to exhibit symptoms such as dry eyes, blurred vision, headaches, and light sensitivity. The symptoms typically get worse during periods of rest or sleep.

The release of hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, as mentioned above, plays a major role in how the eyes perceive stress. Cortisol, or stress hormone, is released in response to the perception of stress and the fear that it causes. As a result, the retina of the eye experiences damage which causes the lack of sharpness, co-ordination, and clarity. However, if the amount of cortisol is not high enough, or if the stress lasts longer than a few minutes, vision loss may occur. This can be attributed to damage to the retinas which will cause blood vessels in and around the eye to burst, resulting in damage to the lens, the retina, and consequently, vision loss.

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Another problem associated with stress is sleep apnea. People who are constantly stressed show signs of decreased oxygen levels in their blood due to decreased lung efficiency, which results in decreased production of oxygenated blood. When combined with reduced blood flow to the brain, the lack of oxygen may eventually lead to a condition called “hypoxic brain injury,” which can cause difficulty with the brain’s ability to process and remember information. In some cases, people who are chronically stressed also develop conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome and depression.

These are only some of the vision health conditions which may be caused by stress. Although they are all associated with stress, one cannot blame stress for causing problems with our bodies. In fact, our modern day lifestyle is often difficult to cope with, and stress has been blamed for contributing to many health problems. Our vision health, unfortunately, has little to do with stress at all. However, taking steps to reduce stress through diet and exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight will go a long way toward improving your vision.

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