3 Ways Stress Impacts Your Eyesight

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 21-May-2015

3 ways stress impacts your eyesightStress can impact mood, heart health, weight, relationships, productivity, creativity and just about every other aspect of your life, but there’s one implication you may not have considered about stress—how it affects your eyesight.

Your eyes, like every other part of your body, are an integral part of the body. Each part of your body affects and is affected by the other parts. The visual system—which is comprised of the eyes, the muscles around the eyes, the nerve pathways to the brain and the visual centers of the brain—is a very delicate system that requires precision, flexibility and coordination and is impacted by your body, mind and emotions. When these aspects of your being are not in harmony—when you are stressed, anxious or afraid—it can impact your eyesight.

Stress can interfere with your vision in a number of ways, and can result in various temporary eye conditions, including:

Eye Twitching: Stress is one of the leading causes of involuntary eye twitches (called myokymia). The good news is that eye twitching in most cases is temporary, but it can also be very annoying. Persistent eye twitching may be the sign of a more serious eye condition and warrants a visit to your eye doctor.

Dry Eyes: Stress causes blood to thicken, which means the heart has to work harder to circulate blood to extremities, including the eyes. Poor circulation to the eyes can result in irritated, dry eyes.

Blurred Vision: Stress can cause blurry vision, but it can also be caused by blurry vision. When stress causes blurry vision, it causes your pupils to dilate. The increased light entering the eye can affect your vision or cause blurriness.

To prevent or alleviate these eye conditions caused by stress, practice stress management. There are a number of ways you can reduce your stress level, thus benefiting not only your vision, but your overall health and well being. Here are a few ideas to lower your stress level:

• Exercise
• Eat healthy foods
• Practice meditation and deep breathing
• Find a hobby and devote time to it
• Spend time with loved ones
• Listen to music
• Laugh
• Be grateful

While we will all experience stress at some point in our lives, your health and your vision depends on keeping your stress level controlled. If you experience consistently high levels of stress, consider other lifestyle changes you may need to make, such as a job change, ending relationships that may be causing you more stress than joy or cutting back on the amount of activities and commitments you have on any given day.

If you experience any of the above mentioned eye conditions, it’s always a good idea to see your eye doctor for an eye exam to rule out any more serious causes of your eye condition. Contact Key-Whitman today to schedule an exam.

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