Sunday, 29 September 2019

How Stress Affects Your Eyes

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There's no point in denying it, life can be stressful sometimes. Whether you're moving home, starting a new career, or rushing to take the kids to school on a morning, the smallest act can often cause the largest amount of stress. Everyone has the capacity to deal with stress in different ways, while some are more affected by it than others. However, there are many effects of stress that often go unnoticed, especially for those that suffer from chronic stress or anxiety. From mental health issues to cardiovascular problems, stress can be hidden as an underlying cause, which is why it's important to monitor and deal with your stress where you can. 

Stress also impacts one of the most crucial organs in your body. Your eyes. Many people take their eyes for granted, but stress can cause strain and other conditions that could result in a serious long-term issue. Newcastle Family Life has partnered with the experts at Optimax to find out just what stress can do to your eyes, and how you can help yourself stop any long-term conditions before they appear. We're grateful for this partnership and hope that you (the reader) find our content useful. 

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Signs of Stress On Your Eyes

Your eyes are important, but you already know that! As an incredibly complex and sensitive organ, your eyes react to light to give you vision. ( Fun fact: Your eyes can differentiate around 10 million colours!) They also allow you to perceive depth too, which is incredibly important for a host of reasons, including balance and coordination. People are often surprised about the effects of stress, as its something we all go through, but your eyes are incredibly susceptible to it. You might be experiencing symptoms right now without even knowing it.  

The main cause of stress is our good friend adrenaline. Now, usually, adrenaline is trigged during the "fight or flight" response that is often apparent when we encounter stressful situations. However, adrenaline has an unfortunate consequence. It applies pressure on the eyes, resulting in eye strain, headache and muscular tension. If you're experiencing any of these right now, chances are, it could be due to stress. 

There are several other symptoms that could be an indicator of a stress-induced eye condition. These include the following:

Light Sensitivity: Staring into the sun is never a good idea, but if you experience strain when simply stepping outside, you might want to take it easy. Light shouldn't hurt or strain your eyes or affect concentration. If you've stepped from a dark room into a light area, your eyes may take time to adjust, but it should never feel painful. 

Eye Strain: Stress can include a feeling of tightness in your eyes, and they may even become swollen. In fact, both physical and psychological stress can cause eye strain, especially in the workplace. You may even feel minor pain from time-to-time, which you should always get checked out by a professional. 

Eye Twitching: As well as a sign of tiredness, a twitching eye is an uncomfortable side effect of stress that many people tend to ignore. While it doesn't normally result in pain, it's an annoying side effect that can occur every few seconds. It should subside after a few days. However, some people do experience it for a longer period of time, as they can be quite unpredictable. 

Dry or Wet Eyes: Both dry and wet eyes can be a sign of stress. While they're commonly associated with other conditions, such as allergies, blocked tear ducts and conjunctivitis, they can also occur due to stress or anxiety. If the problem persists, you should definitely seek medical advice. 

Blurry Vision: Tension and stress can cause blurry vision, especially if prolonged stress occurs over a long period of time. This often occurs due to constriction, or as a response to hormones that are produced when stressed. It should only last a few seconds at most, but it's still a negative sign. 

Vision Loss: It's important to note that persistent stress could lead to vision loss, as evidenced by a recent study from Prof Sabel and colleagues at the Magdeburg University in Germany. According to the study, stress is both a consequence and a cause of progressive vision loss. The study mentioned that reducing stress could restore vision in some cases, but evidence for this area of study is insufficient. 

You may want to consider laser eye surgery or other vision correction treatments if you're concerned about deteriorating vision. As exert providers of laser eye surgery and cataract surgery, Optimax ensures that you remain comfortable and well-informed throughout. If you want to know more about laser eye surgery and how it can help you, don't hesitate to contact your local team. Optimax have led the way in vision correction for more than 25 years, so we're more than happy to help.

Dealing with Stress

There are many ways to deal with stress and some work better than others. Everyone has different tolerance levels for stress, and everyone coped with it differently. It's important to find what works for you, especially if you're living a busy family life with few moments to yourself. 

Exercising: As well as increasing your overall health and improving both cardiovascular performance and muscle mass, exercise also has proven stress-busting benefits. Now, we know that it might be difficult to find the time to get those press-ups in around the chaos that children often bring, but hear us out. Any form of exercise, from a quick jog around the block to 10 minutes yoga, produce endorphins. It'll often help you focus on how your body moves too, which stops your brain from worrying about the stress that everyday life can bring. Studies have shown that exercise improves self-confidence as well, making it a go-to option for those that only have a few minutes to spare. 

Deep Breathing: Here's the thing, breathing exercises and deep breathing routine help you relax because they make your body feel like it does when it is relaxed. The regularity of your breathing affects your entire body and mood. Regular deep breathing exercises help to reduce tension and relieve stress. 

Meditation: Newspapers reported the beneficial effects of meditation for stress as early as 2007. In the study, meditation was shown to reduce anxiety and lower stress hormone cortisol. the researchers that conducted the study claim that meditation is an effective way to improve cognition and both emotional and social behaviours. We'd definitely recommend giving it a try if you ever find a quiet moment to yourself. 

Counselling: A lot of people still carry the misconception that counselling is only for 'serious' mental issues, and not for stress or other seemingly minor problems. That is most definitely not the case. Stress is a huge issue in modern society, taking its toll on every person that walks this earth. Stress is serious. If you wish you can request counselling yourself via the NHS. Simply click here to find out more. 

Here to Help

Whatever your reasoning for reading this article, we hope you found our advice and guidance useful. If you have further concerns about the health of your eyes, or if you wish to consider laser eye surgery, don't hesitate to contact our team or visit your local Optimax branch. Thanks again to Newcastle Family Life for the partnership. We wish you and your readers every success. 


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