Stress Isn’t Just Bad for Your Health, It Can Cause Vision Loss Too

Bad vision is often blamed on genetics, but Grandma Ruth isn’t the only reason you’re wearing glasses. Many other factors can contribute to vision loss and changes, everything from diet to medical conditions, and even stress.

How does stress impact your vision? It’s a complex relationship between your emotions, your body, and your eyes. Here’s our tips for reducing stress to ensure that your eyes are always functioning at their best.

The Connection Between Stress and Vision Loss

Between work and family, stress is a part of our daily lives. It’s normal to feel slightly stressed from time to time. Learning to manage daily pressures is one of life’s biggest challenges.

Stress is normal, but when it becomes persistent, problems can arise. Chronic stress raises cortisol levels which, can negatively impact your vascular and nervous system. It can raise blood pressure, speed your heart rate, and decrease your immune system.

Stress affects every area of the body from your heart to your eyes. Stress-induced changes to the circulatory and nervous systems can lead to serious vision problems, including glaucoma and optic neuropathy.

Stress may exacerbate existing eye conditions as well. Studies suggest that reducing your stress can potentially improve your vision, reversing many stress-related vision changes.

How Can I Improve My Vision?

If you believe that stress may be worsening your vision conditions, the first thing you should do is find ways to reduce it. It can take some time to find the most effective stress reduction options for you. You may want to try some of these popular options:

  • Meditation
  • Exercise
  • Counseling for stress management
  • Deep breathing
  • Leisure activities

Stress is normal, but don’t let it run unchecked. Effectively managing your stress can reduce its negative impact on your health and your vision.

Don’t Stress About Bad Vision: Will Vision and Laser Centers Can Help

Stress reduction is one way to improve your vision, but it certainly isn’t your only option, nor is it the most effective option available. If you have nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, LASIK surgery can significantly improve your vision. LASIK surgery reshapes the cornea to improve the shape of the eye and reduce refractive errors. It is an effective and long-lasting solution.

Will Vision and Laser Centers is the premier provider of refractive surgery in the Pacific Northwest. We use some of the most advanced technologies and state-of-the-art techniques to help our patients maintain and improve their vision.

If your eyesight isn’t where you want it to be, give us a call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Brian Will. Stressing about vision problems isn’t going to fix them and could potentially make them worse. Learning about LASIK surgery is a better solution. Give us a call, and let’s get started.