Stress is a common cause of many health issues. Stress can manifest both mentally and physically and can even cause vision problems. In fact, studies have shown that constant, severe stress can lead to vision problems or even vision loss over time.
Read on as eye exam specialist Nova Vision Center shares more information on how stress-related eye issues happen.
Stress-induced vision problems primarily stem from cortisol. This powerful hormone is released into the body during stressful situations. Once in the bloodstream, it increases heart rate, respiration, muscle tension and blood pressure. It also temporarily regulates digestion and the reproductive system.
An eye doctor will tell you that being in a constant state of stress will cause harmful increases of cortisol in your system. Too much of this hormone can disrupt blood flow from the eyes to the brain, causing different types of vision problems to occur. Some studies have shown this can cause macular degeneration, a condition that affects the central part of the retina (the macula), and eventually the distortion or loss of central vision.
Adrenaline is also known as the “fight or flight hormone,” and it heightens the body’s response during dangerous situations. The release of adrenaline causes your heart rate to increase and your pupils to dilate. The dilation of the pupils makes your eyes take in more light, allowing for better detection of imminent threats, such as a speeding car or an object flying at your face. The problem is, if your eyes are constantly dilated, it makes them very sensitive to light. Excessive or prolonged light sensitivity can lead to the tightening and twitching of your eye muscles, which can cause stress-induced vision problems and discomfort.
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