Stress can affect your vision Stress can affect your vision

Stress can affect your vision

Armony in health 4 May, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.

Stress affects your health in many ways by putting demands on the body. This condition can manifest itself in the eyes.

The Baviera Clinic in Spain cites a number of ophthalmologic conditions:

  • Eye twitching is not usually a movement of the eye itself but of a small muscle called the Müller muscle, which contributes to eyelid elevation. This muscle is controlled by the sympathetic nervous system and is subject to involuntary movements which can occur as a result of stress. Although bothersome, eye twitching does not generally have any effect on vision and as such there is no specific treatment for it.
  • Benign inflammation of the macula (the central area of the retina that allows us to see fine detail) may occur. People who suffer from this condition generally have blurred vision and can sometimes have sudden loss of vision. There are several different treatments for this problem.
  • If you deal with constant stress you are also at risk of sudden loss of vision or amaurosis. This is usually a temporary symptom but it can be a warning sign for other kinds of problems.

The general recommendation is to learn to control stress to avoid negative consequences including cardiovascular disease.

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