Eye Tricks Vision Anomalies

Written by Jim Folk
Medically reviewed by Marilyn Folk, BScN.
Last updated March 27, 2021

Eye tricks, seeing things, stars anxiety symptom common descriptions:

The eye tricks symptom of anxiety is often described as seeing stars or movements out of the corner of your eyes that don't exist. You might also see flashing lights in your eyes or your vision may seem almost kaleidoscope-like. Sometimes you may feel that there is a dark object or something just on the outside edge of your vision, or that your vision is narrowing.

The eye tricks symptom is also commonly referred to as 'tunnel vision' feeling.

While the eye tricks symptom can be startling, it isn't harmful or an indication of something more serious. But because there are some medical conditions that can cause similar eye tricks symptoms, it's best to discuss this symptom with your doctor or eye specialist. If they conclude your eye tricks symptom is stress and/or anxiety related, you have nothing to worry about. This eye tricks symptom subsides as your body's overly stressed state is addressed. Therefore, the anxiety eye tricks symptom needn't be a cause for concern.

For more information, you can see our "Eye Vision Problems."

NOTE: There are direct physiological and psychological reasons why anxiety symptoms occur, including the eye tricks symptom. The Recovery Supportt area of our website contains detailed information about common anxiety symptoms including what they are, why they occur, and what you can do to eliminate them. It includes the anxiety symptom eye tricks.

The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to address anxiety and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed – which we call the underlying factors of anxiety – a struggle with anxiety unwellness can return again and again. Dealing with the underlying factors of anxiety is the best way to address problematic anxiety.

Additional Resources

Return to our anxiety disorders signs and symptoms page.

anxietycentre.com: Information, support, and therapy for anxiety disorder and its symptoms, including Eye Trick symptoms.