Eye Problems Vision Anxiety Symptoms
Eye and vision anxiety symptoms descriptions
- You experience visual irregularities, such as seeing stars, shimmers, blurs, halos, shadows, ghosted images, heat wave-like images, or fogginess.
- You might also see things out of the corner of your eye that aren’t there.
- You might also experience narrowed or tunnel-like vision.
- It might also seem like you’ve lost some peripheral vision.
- It might also seem like your vision is surreal, usual, and dream-like.
- You might also see flashing lights, spots, and blurriness.
- Some people experience a focusing problem where their vision is unusually blurry for no apparent reason.
- Some people require having their glasses prescription changed because their vision has suddenly changed.
Eye problems vision anxiety symptoms can persistently affect one eye only, can shift and affect the other eye, can alternate between eyes, and can affect both eyes over and over again.
Eye problems vision anxiety symptoms can come and go rarely, occur frequently, or persist indefinitely. For example, you might eye problems, vision symptoms once in a while and not that often, have them off and on, or have them all the time.
Eye problems vision anxiety symptoms may precede, accompany, or follow an escalation of other anxiety sensations and symptoms, or occur by itself.
Eye problems vision anxiety symptoms can precede, accompany, or follow an episode of nervousness, anxiety, fear, and elevated stress, or occur ‘out of the blue’ and for no apparent reason.
Eye problems vision anxiety symptoms can range in intensity from slight, to moderate, to severe. It can also come in waves, where it’s strong one moment and eases off the next.
Eye problems vision anxiety symptoms can change from day to day, and/or from moment to moment.
All of the above combinations and variations are common.
For some people, eye problems vision anxiety symptoms are more noticeable when fatigued.
What causes the eye problems vision anxiety symptoms?
Behaving anxiously activates the stress response. The stress response immediately causes specific physiological, psychological, and emotional changes that enhance the body's ability to deal with a threat - to either fight with or flee from it - which is the reason the stress response is often referred to as the fight or flight response.
Part of the stress response changes include stimulating the nervous system, since stress hormones are simulants, and heightening our senses, including the eyes since the eyes are sensory organs.
When stress responses occur infrequently, the body can recover relatively quickly from the physiological, psychological, and emotional changes this response brings about. When stress responses occur too frequently and/or dramatically, however, the body has a more difficult time recovering, which can result in the body remaining in a semi emergency readiness state (which we call stress-response hyperstimulation). A body that becomes stress-response hyperstimulated can not only exhibit similar sensations and symptoms to that of an active stress response but can also exhibit symptoms of an overly stressed body.
Moreover, since stress responses have a profound impact on the body’s nervous system and sensory organs, sustained stress can cause all sorts of sensory organ anomalies, such as those related to the eyes and vision. Experiencing the many eye problems vision anxiety symptoms we listed above are a good example of how the eyes and vision can be affected by persistently elevated stress, such as that from behaving overly anxiously.
When I (Jim Folk) was struggling with anxiety disorder, I experienced all of the eye and vision symptoms listed above. So I know how they can affect a person’s life.
Yes, eye-related symptoms, such as the ones we mentioned above, are common symptoms of persistently elevated stress, including the persistently elevated stress being overly anxious can cause. But because they are merely symptoms of an active stress response and/or stress response hyperstimulation, they needn’t be a cause for concern.
How to get rid of the eye problems vision anxiety symptoms?
When the eye problems vision anxiety symptoms are caused by apprehensive behavior and the accompanying stress response changes, calming yourself down will bring an end to the stress response and its changes. As your body recovers from the active stress response, this feeling should subside and you should return to your normal self. Keep in mind that it can take up to 20 minutes or more for the body to recover from a major stress response. But this is normal and shouldn’t be a cause for concern.
When the eye problems vision anxiety symptoms are caused by stress response hyperstimulation, it may take a lot more time for the body to recover and to the point where this symptom is eliminated.
Nevertheless, when the body has fully recovered, eye problems vision anxiety symptoms will completely subside. Therefore, they needn’t be a cause for concern since they are only stress related.
You can speed up the recovery process by reducing your stress, practicing relaxed breathing, increasing your rest and relaxation, and not worrying about this feeling. Sure, it can be unsettling and even bothersome. But again, when your body has recovered from the stress response and/or sustained stress, this symptom will completely disappear.
If you are having difficulty containing your worry, you may want to connect with one of our anxiety disorder therapists, coaches, or counselors. Working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to overcome what seems like unmanageable worry.
For a more detailed explanation about all anxiety symptoms including the eye problems vision anxiety symptoms, why symptoms can persist long after the stress response has ended, common barriers to recovery and symptom elimination, and more recovery strategies and tips, we have many chapters that address this information in the Recovery Support area of our website.
The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder coach, counselor, or therapist is the most effective way to address anxiety disorder and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - the underlying factors that motivate apprehensive behavior - a struggle with anxiety disorder can return again and again. Identifying and successfully addressing anxiety's underlying factors is the best way to overcome problematic anxiety.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated April 21, 2018.