Stress and Vision Problems

stress is eye movement

Stress can be one of the most common symptoms of anxiety. Fight-or-flight is an anxiety symptom where your body releases adrenaline in response to a perceived threat. There are physiological triggers (such as a speeding car about to swerving into your lane) and emotional triggers (such as taking an important test that will have a big effect on your future). Stress responses may be automatic, or they can be controlled by the mind.

One of the most well-known physiological responses to stress is eye movement. When people are under stress, the eyes tend to move rapidly from left to right, upward, and downward. Chronic stress increases the blood flow to the eye and causes the eyeball to contract, allowing the eye to move quickly. This increased blood flow is linked to an increase in oxygen consumption.

Extremely low temperatures

There are a few other things that can cause vision loss when people are under stress. Extremely low temperatures, such as those found in the eye sockets of babies can cause discoloration of the white of the eyes. High levels of stress can also cause vision to become cloudy or fuzzy, or even go black. Even medical conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts can cause temporary or permanent damage to the eyesight. Some prescription medications, such as certain antihistamines and antidepressants, can cause blurred vision as a side effect.

While stress has been known to increase adrenaline production and release, it does not always produce tunnel vision or damage to the eye itself. A person’s reaction to stress can also trigger tunnel vision, but the lack of a trigger may only make the condition worse. This is why stress affects so many areas of your life-it can affect the way you look at situations. And it may also be a problem because the inability to properly focus on a situation can also affect your quality of life.

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Eye strain can be caused by various factors, including too much staring at computer monitors or television screens, straining to read, using the eyes when talking on the phone or attempting to complete difficult tasks, and even misusing eyeglasses. The best way to avoid these types of vision problems is to simply avoid any form of eye strain. If possible, see the internet for online games that do not require too much focus, and play these instead. If you do need to strain your eyes, take breaks periodically to let your eyes rest and recover.

When the eyes become tired and strained from all of the demands placed upon them, vision can become blurry and swim-though images may not be clearly visible. This can be an indication of a more severe eye problem, such as glaucoma. While stress may not directly cause glaucoma, it can worsen existing conditions, and can increase the risk of developing the disease in the future. While stress cannot directly cause vision loss, it can increase the chance that you will experience vision problems. If you feel that your eyes are under strain and are experiencing blurred, swim-through images, decreased focusing on close objects or an increase in eye muscle soreness and pain, contact a doctor to discuss what your options are for relieving the stress in your eyes.

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