According to the Mental Health Foundation, 74% of UK adults over the past year have experienced overwhelming levels of stress or feelings of being unable to cope. As part of Stress Awareness Month, we would like to discuss the effects of stress on your eyesight.

When feeling overwhelmed, many of us may experience changes in our mental and physical wellbeing. This includes the clarity of our vision and our balance while readjusting to these sudden feelings of stress.

While there are side effects of stress on our eyesight, there are also many ways to ease it.

How Stress Impacts Your Eyesight

When your body needs to adjust or respond to something which disrupts it’s natural equilibrium, stress is it’s natural response. When your body is feeling stressed, your pupils can begin to dilate. This allows more light to enter your eyes, so you can identify potential threats much easier. In addition, increased levels of adrenaline can cause blurred vision, as a result of the added pressure on your eyes.

When stress begins to impact our eyesight, you may experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Blurry vision
  • Eye twitching
  • Headaches
  • Watery eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Dizziness
  • Eye strain
  • Eye floaters
  • Eye spasms
  • Sensitivity to light

Each of these stress-related issues can become distracting and perhaps uncomfortable when trying to run your daily routine. Therefore, recognising stress and understanding how to manage it is essential to your wellbeing.

How to Treat Stress Related Eye Problems

If you do notice a change in your eyesight, including the symptoms above, there are ways to ease it.

Stress Management

Firstly, try to calm yourself with some of the following stress relieving activities:

  • Exercise more to reduce the emotional intensity of your stress
  • Create a supportive network of people who you can talk to
  • Challenge yourself with new goals to build your confidence and emotional resilience
  • Lead a healthier lifestyle by eating better, being more active and quitting bad habits
  • Help people in worse situations than you to put your problems into perspective
  • Try to build a more positive mindset
  • Spend more time outside instead of on electronics
  • Go to bed earlier for a better night sleep

While these tips may not evaporate your stress, it can make your stress more manageable and ease the impact it has on your eyesight.

Visit Your Optician

While the eyesight issues listed at the beginning of this blog may be stress related, a second opinion is always worthwhile. Booking an optician appointment can test for any background problems which are also contributing to issues with your eyesight, which may need treating.

Your optician will provide professional advice based on your personal symptoms and lifestyle, to help ease the impact of stress on your eyesight. Also use this opportunity to ask any questions you have regarding eye health, to ensure you are providing the best care for yourself.

Taking Care this Stress Awareness Month

As part of Stress Awareness Month, make it a priority to take care of your personal wellbeing. Dedicate time towards selfcare by learning stress management skills, finding ways to relax and attending necessary appointments.

At Dominic Tunnell Opticians we offer expertise in eye examinations, spectacles, contact lenses and sunglasses. With a supportive team of experts, we aim to provide a bespoke service to every customer following an initial consultation. With state of the art testing equipment and reliable advice, your eyesight is safe in our care.

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