Whitby & Co. - Fleet Street Clinic

How Stress Affects Your Eyes

Do you know how stress affects your eyes?

Stress impacts us mentally and physically, but did you know it can affect our vision?

When we are severely stressed and anxious, high levels of adrenaline in the body can cause pressure on the eyes, resulting in blurred vision. People with long-term anxiety can suffer from eye strain during the day on a regular basis. If you become highly sensitised to any slight movement, over time the strain from other senses can cause muscular tensions and headaches.

Symptoms of stress-related vision impairment:

  • Sensitivity to light and movement; light may hurt your eyes or make it difficult for you concentrate, and focus.
  • Eye twitching; eyes can randomly spasm, with no pain but discomfort.
  • Very dry or very wet eyes; both can be a symptom, however, can also be caused by other issues.
  • Blurry vision;  finding it hard to concentrate, or focus. If you have additional symptoms, visit your local GP.
  • Eye strain; discomfort and minor pain as your eyes feel tight and swollen.
  • Eye floaters; tiny spots that swim across your vision.

If you have any of these symptoms with no other medical issues, the best option for you is to get enough rest, eat healthily, use meditation, or any stress relief exercises that help you to relax.  Taking at least a few minutes to consciously relax will help your body calm down.

Most stress-caused eye issues are temporary, but make sure to see your optometrist if you have persistent symptoms.

Stress is a common response to demands of daily life. It can be an overwhelming feeling, which can cause other issues such as emotional exhaustion, mental health problems.

For more information on how to look after your eyes, get in touch with us at Whitby & Co, leading independent opticians and optometrists at 29 Fleet Street in central London. To make an appointment, call us on 0207 353 4455 , email info@whitbyonline.com or book online here.

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