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Stress can be defined as any type of change that causes physical, emotional, or psychological strain. Stress is your body’s response to anything that requires attention or action. The body responds by demanding a change from the current routine. This response (whether physical, mental, emotional, or visual) happens to each one of us at different levels. But the way a person responds will make all the difference to their overall well-being

Symptoms of stress

The following symptoms are manifestations of stress on the eyes: twitchy eyes, headaches, dizziness, watery eyes, dry eyes, sensitivity to light, and eye spasms.

How stress affects your vision

Stress affects your vision by causing your pupils to dilate. This allows more light into your eyes than usual, enabling you to see likely threats more clearly. While this is a good defence mechanism, the burst of adrenaline that causes this reaction also places pressure on the eyes and can cause blurry vision.

When you experience a temporary twitching in your eyes, it results from stress caused by the continuous contraction of a particular eye muscle called the orbicularis oculi. Stress also worsens existing eye problems.

Handling stress-related vision problems

Although stress can have negative effects on your vision, the good news is that these effects can be reversed. You can do this by reducing the stress triggers and by making adjustments to some of your daily lifestyle/activities. Most times, once these stress factors are addressed, your vision will be restored to normal and eye complaints resolved.

Some basic steps which can help to reduce stress include exercises (deep breathing), spending more time outside the house, having your full eight hours of sleep at night, eating a healthy diet, reducing your prolonged visual focus on a particular activity (especially digital gadgets) and stress management training.

If the above-mentioned approaches do not work and your symptoms persist, see your eye doctor for immediate attention. This is because there might be other underlying health challenges beyond stress that might need to be treated.

Remember, early detection and treatment of eye problems go a long way to help maintain good vision for you throughout your life. Schedule an eye appointment with us today.