Can Anxiety Cause Blurred Vision? Here’s How to Stop It

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Aura Health Team
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Aura Health Team
Aura Health is a community of hundreds of top coaches, therapists, and storytellers worldwide. We are here to provide the world’s most extensive, personalized collection of mental wellness content & services.
Can Anxiety Cause Blurred Vision? Here’s How to Stop ItCan Anxiety Cause Blurred Vision? Here’s How to Stop It

Have you ever noticed your vision getting blurry or distorted when feeling anxious or stressed? This could be a surprising but genuine connection between your vision and anxiety. Let’s understand how anxiety causes blurred vision and how to manage this unsettling experience.

Can Anxiety Cause Blurred Vision?

Yes, anxiety can indeed cause blurred vision. When you’re anxious, the fight-or-flight response triggers physical changes in your body. Stress hormones like adrenaline cause your pupils to dilate, altering your vision.

Anxiety also tightens the neck and shoulder muscles, leading to eye strain. Additionally, hyperventilation reduces carbon dioxide levels in the blood, diminishing blood flow to the eyes and resulting in blurred vision.

How to Tell if Blurred Vision Is From Anxiety

Blurred vision due to anxiety often coincides with other anxiety symptoms such as rapid breathing, an increased heart rate, dizziness, sweating, and feelings of nervousness or dread. If your vision becomes blurry during times of stress or panic, anxiety is likely the culprit.

Other Potential Causes of Blurred Vision

Blurred vision can have other causes beyond anxiety:

  • Refractive Errors: Conditions like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism can blur your vision.
  • Dry Eyes: Insufficient tear production can lead to discomfort and blurry vision.
  • Eye Conditions: Problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, or retinal issues may cause visual disturbances.
  • Medication Side Effects: Certain medications, particularly those impacting blood pressure or the nervous system, can result in vision changes.

How to Stop Blurred Vision Due to Anxiety

To alleviate blurred vision resulting from anxiety, consider these strategies:

  1. Deep Breathing: Slow, intentional breathing can stabilize your nervous system, improve oxygen levels, and clear your vision.
  2. Progressive Muscle Relaxation: Tensing and relaxing muscle groups release tension and ease eye strain.
  3. Hydration and Nutrition: Dehydration and low blood sugar can exacerbate vision problems, so stay hydrated and eat a balanced diet.
  4. Mindfulness and Meditation: Mindfulness practices can help alleviate stress and reduce anxiety.
  5. Seek Professional Help: Consult with a healthcare provider or mental health professional to rule out other medical issues and receive tailored advice.

Control Your Anxiety With Aura

At Aura, we understand the challenges of managing anxiety and its physical symptoms like blurred vision. Aura, is the all-in-one app for mental wellness & sleep that provides the world’s most extensive mental wellness content library & community. Over 8 million people choose Aura to find peace, and Aura has won “Best of Apple”. Try Aura to discover a personalized path to wellness and clarity each day!

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