Stress 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,
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:
• Eat healthy foods
• Practice meditation and deep breathing
• Find a hobby and devote time to it
• Spend time with loved ones
• Listen to music
• 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.