Depression is a recognized health issue that can diminish the immune system and organs in the body. Your eyes are no exception. Depression can affect your eyesight. While it’s never to a degree where the effects are permanently destructive, it’s still worth getting treatment over.
Depression can affect your eyes and vision in these ways:
1) In studies that focused on depression and vision, people who were more depressed often had a harder time seeing black or white, and instead would perceive black and white as gray. This was true for people who were on antidepressant pills and those who were not.
2) Blurred vision. When someone is overly stressed, it can also bring on a migraine, which can cause blurred vision as well.
3) Depression can cause people to be more sensitive to light.
4) Watery eyes and painful/strained eyes
5) Depressed people sometimes see more “eye floaters”. These are the spots that people see in their vision when their eyes are either opened or closed.
If you’re worried about depression altering your vision, it’s important to take some precautionary measures. These can include exercises, adopting new ways of thinking, and possibly medications.
An optometrist can only do so much for people who are suffering from medical depression, but they can recommend other doctors who can help fix the problem. There’s no need to let an issue that can be resolved affect the rest of the body unnecessarily.
If you’ve always had normal vision and you’re noticing that you aren’t seeing colors very well, a doctor may prescribe further testing for depression.
Gould Vision has provided quality eye care to thousands of patients. With the persistence of our founder and head optometrist, Dr. Adina Gould, our state-of-the-art Miami Beach facility was completed in August 2009. Our centrally-located office also serves the nearby areas of Surfside, Bay Harbor Islands, and South Beach, Florida.