How Poor Vision Can Affect Your Mental Health

Did you know that poor vision can impact your mental health? As strange as it sounds, there is a strong link between deteriorating vision and an individual’s mental well-being. Since the topic of mental health across the world has taken a center stage, it is important to know its link with your physical health. Vision is one such aspect of physical health which is largely neglected. Especially vision loss with age is often treated casually.

However, poor vision can cause some serious negative impact on your mental health. Here’s how:

  • Depression
    Many studies over the years have shown that vision loss is directly proportional to the risk of depression. Poor vision hinders even the most common daily activities like reading, driving, cooking and even socializing. This impacts interaction with other people and hence is likely to result in disorientation, frustration and deteriorating mental health. Vision loss is largely a cause of disability in older people, low quality of patient’s life and a huge factor for depression.
  • Anxiety
    This mental health issue also shares a link with vision loss. Vision loss leads to an increase in incidences of isolation, falls, medication errors and social withdrawal. Also, progressive vision loss may be linked with a syndrome of hallucinations which although is benign but still can be disturbing for the patient. Hence, the most common emotional reactions to vision loss can include psychological distress and anxiety.
  • Social Withdrawal
    As mentioned earlier, vision loss is more than just a physiological loss as it impairs simple daily tasks and renders the patient unable to pursue activities of their interest. This affects their emotional well-being and leads to social withdrawal. However, strong social support may be an effective buffer against the consequences of vision loss and related negative effects on mental health of the patient.

Importance of Medical Intervention

Though vision loss with age is inevitable, medical intervention can help curtail the negative impact on your mental wellbeing. Hence, the power of medical intervention should not be undermined. For instance, in case of elders suffering from patients, a simple cataract surgery cannot help them see better but also improve their quality of life as they don’t have to struggle with simple daily tasks due to poor vision.

Common Preventive Measures

Some simple preventive measures can help promote healthy vision and keep eye disease at bay for a long period:

  • Digital eye strain can ruin your eyesight. Avoid staring at digital screens for a long period of time. Take frequent breaks from these screens and practice simple eye exercises.
  • Drink sufficient amount of water throughout the day.
  • Quit Smoking. It puts you at a greater risk of developing eye diseases like macular degeneration or cataracts.
  • Eat a balanced diet and include superfoods which help promote healthy vision. These include carrot, green leafy vegetables like spinach, mustard leaves, kale, collard greens, oily fish like salmon and fruits like blueberries.
  • Ensure that you go for eye check-ups regularly. These become more Your ophthalmologist can detect a lot more than just vision-related problems. For instance, early signs of serious health issues like glaucoma can be detected by your eye doctor during regular detailed eye examination.

Poor vision can affect not just your physiological but psychological health also. Talk to your ophthalmologist to understand the connection between poor vision and your mental health better.


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