Why Stress Could Make You Blind

Prolonged stress may lead to a range of eye health issues, as well as worsening existing ones, suggests a new study.

When a person loses their eyesight, they may experience a high level of mental stress in the form of worries and anxiety about the situation.

But does the reverse also occur? Can stress actually lead to a loss of vision? New research and analysis by Prof. Bernhard Sabel, director of the Institute of Medical Psychology at Magdeburg University in Germany suggests that "stress is both a consequence and cause of vision loss."

In their paper, the researchers explain that persistent stress, which raises levels of the hormone cortisol, can negatively affect our vascular and nervous systems. This, in turn, affects our brain and eyes, which may lead to conditions such as glaucoma,optic neuropathy and macular degeneration.

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Some of the studies reviewed in the new research even show that reducing stress can help to restore vision.

The authors also explain that patients have often communicated their suspicions that stress worsens their eye condition. However, the studies documenting this phenomenon of psychosomatic effects on eye health are insufficient.

Our view .

This is a very interesting study that suggests stress reduction strategies such as meditation, stress management techniques, may serve to prevent vision loss, restore vision and improve eye health.

The researchers suggest, “doctors should try their best to inculcate positivity and optimism in their patients.

More clinical studies are necessary to confirm their findings and to assess the efficacy of various stress reduction strategies for slowing down the progressive loss of vision and for improving the chances of vision recovery.

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