The Effects That Stress Can Have On Your Retina

Berks Eye Physicians & Surgeons, Ltd.
Retina Care Wyomissing

Everyone knows that stress is bad for our health. But did you know that stress can actually impact your retina? Countless studies have shown that stress can affect the health of the retina.

Berks Eye values the health of its patients. Here the experienced team at Berks Eye discusses the retina, the effects that stress can have on your retina and stress management techniques.

The Retina

The retina plays an important role in vision. It is the innermost, light-sensitive layer located in the back of the eye that sends signals to the brain. Damage to the retina can impact vision. There are a number of problems that can impact the retina, including stress.

Consequences of Chronic Stress

Stress impacts the body and retina in a number of ways. Stress can have the following effects on your retina.


Stress increases your body’s levels of cortisol. Elevated cortisol levels can cause vision problems. Central serous chorioretinopathy, a condition when fluid builds up under the retina, has been linked to individuals with higher-than-normal levels of cortisol.

Loss of Oxygen

Stress can impact our breathing which can impact the amount of oxygen that is transported through the blood cells to the retina. If the retina does not receive enough oxygen, cell damage can result.

Increased Risk of Health Conditions

A number of health conditions associated with chronic stress can increase a person’s risk of retinal issues. High blood pressure and stress often go hand in hand. High blood pressure can increase a person’s risk for developing age-related macular degeneration and retinal vein occlusion. Stress can impact a person’s blood sugar levels which can be especially problematic for diabetics and may lead to diabetic retinopathy.

Stress Management Techniques

Stress is a normal part of life. That is why stress management techniques are so important. Practicing stress management can help to lessen the impact that stress can have on your life, your health and your retina. The following are techniques that can help manage your stress:

  • Breathing exercises
  • Regular exercise
  • Healthy diet
  • Quality sleep
  • Aromatherapy
  • Getting a hug or other forms of physical touch
  • Talking to a mental health professional

Schedule a Comprehensive Eye Exam

We hope the above discussion helps you understand how stress management can positively impact your eye health. Regular eye exams are also important to your eye health. Schedule a comprehensive eye exam with one of the skilled doctors at Berks Eye today. Please call (610) 372-0712 for an appointment. 

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