National Stress Awareness Day- Stress & Vision
WHAT ARE COMMON STRESS-RELATED EYE PROBLEMS?
- Tunnel vision. You may lose some of your peripheral vision and feel like you can only see straight in front of you.
- Sensitivity to light. You may feel like bright light hurts your eyes or makes it difficult for you to see.
- Eye twitching. Maybe one, or both, of your eyes will randomly spasm.
- Very dry or very wet eyes. While these are opposite symptoms, either one can be caused by stress. It all depends on how your body responds to a difficult situation.
- Blurry vision. When caused by stress, blurry vision will probably be mild instead of severe.
- Eye strain. Eye strain may be caused by something simple, like staring at your computer screen too long at work. However, it can also be caused by stress.
- Eye floaters. Eye floaters are tiny spots that swim across your vision.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
If you think that your eye problems are stress-related, you can start by trying to relax. Think about your symptoms as warning signs—your body is obviously trying to respond to a threat, and it’s hurting you. The best thing to do is to try to calm down your brain’s response to danger.
You probably know what de-stresses you better than anybody. However, if you need some ideas, try:
- Taking a long, warm bath and focusing on how it feels
- Taking slow, deep breaths, sending the air into your belly instead of your chest
- Writing in a journal
Once you’ve found a way to deal with your stress, your eyes should go back to normal. Stress-related eye issues should be temporary and easy to fix. However, if you continue to have problems, make sure to visit us at Roswell Vision Source.