We all experience stressful moments in our lives from time to time, whether it’s because we are feeling under pressure, having overwhelming responsibilities or feelings of uncertainty. Everyone’s body is different and will therefore deal with feelings of stress in different ways. Unfortunately, chronic stress does have the power to affect our wellbeing, including a link between stress and eyesight.

Read how stress can affect your eyes and when to visit your optician below.

Can Stress Affect Your Eyes?

Yes, stress can affect our eyes and how we see in a number of ways. Since stress affects everyone differently, you may not experience all of these symptoms.

Firstly, during a stressful moment your eyes dilate to enhance your vision. However, if you are consistently stressed, your pupils may remain dilated which can itself cause a number of issues.

Secondly, stress can cause the muscles around your eyes to tense. Sometimes this can lead to feelings of soreness or migraines.

Thirdly, there are a number of ways in which stress can affect your eyesight, including:

  • Blurred Vision: Stress can possibly cause mild cases of blurry vision.
  • Eye Strain: While it is most commonly linked to staring at bright screens for prolonged periods of time, stress can also cause eye strain.
  • Dry/Watery Eyes: Depending on how your body handles stress, you could experience either one of these.
  • Light Sensitivity: If your eyes begin to hurt or you struggle to see in bright light, this could be light sensitivity.
  • Eye Twitching: After feeling stressed for a while, you may begin to feel a slight spasm sensation in one or both of your eyes.
  • Eye Floaters: These are best described as tiny spots which float across your vision.

Tips for Reducing Stress

Problems with stress and eyesight can be uncomfortable for some people and it is important to find ways to relax. Here are a few starter tips on how to relieve your stress:

  • Exercise: Exercises which use repetitive movements of large muscle groups, for example walking or jogging, can be helpful. Yoga has also been known to help enhance your mood.
  • Talk About It: Whether you write it down or confide in a friend or family member, sharing what is stressing you can be productive.
  • Socialise: Spending time with family and friends can help you to regain a feeling of self-worth and belonging. 
  • Avoid Unhealthy Habits: Consider your diet and try to avoid relying on smoking, alcohol and caffeine as coping mechanisms.

You can find more tips for reducing stress on the NHS website.

Booking an Optician Appointment

If you are ever experiencing eyesight problems, it is always worth booking an opticians appointment to have your eyes examined. This is especially important if these issues have been bothering you for a prolonged period of time. 

At Dominic Tunnell Opticians we employ the most professional staff and qualified opticians. We use the highest quality products and latest technology to help look after every aspect of your vision. We can also help with any questions you may have about stress and eyesight. Join us at Worcester’s premier opticians, by booking your appointment now.

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