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Stress is a very natural thing to experience in our lives, particularly during 2020!

We will all have some experience of what it is like to feel stressed, but it can be challenging to define precisely what stress means.

When someone says “I’m stressed” they could be talking about a situation or event that puts them under pressure.

For example, if you have a lot to do or think about, or have little control over what happens.

Stress can also be our reaction to being placed under pressure, i.e. the feeling we have when a demand is placed on us that we find it difficult to cope with.

Signs of stress

Some of the first signs that you are stressed are physical signs, such as a headache, tiredness or upset stomach and in some instances – your vision.

It is important to remember that we all experience stress differently in different situations.

For some, it affects their behaviour – they may start biting their nails or eat too much or too little.

For others, stress may affect you physically – they may have headaches or feel sick.

Naturally, we want to focus on that link between stress and how it affects our vision.

Seeing a difference

According to researchers, when the body experiences stress, the pupils dilate to let more light enter and allow us to identify threats clearly.

Studies have also suggested that higher levels of adrenaline will cause pressure on the eyes, resulting in blurred vision.

Stress can also cause eye strain, eye fatigue, blurry vision, dry or watery eyes, light sensitivity and eye twitching.

In other words, stress can have a real effect on our vision.

The good news is that most stress-related eye problems are temporary and usually subside as soon as whatever is causing the stress is addressed.

It is essential to remember, however, that stress affects us all in different ways.

If you suspect that any changes in your sight are stress-related, please make an appointment with your optician who will be able to assess and establish what the cause is.

Take it easy

With stress being a natural part of our lives, we want to highlight a few methods to help you reduce stress and its potential effect on your body and vision.

Remember to keep it simple when looking to combat stress, this will help you achieve a calmer state of mind.

The most effective methods to beat stress are not elaborate, getting plenty of exercise can be a great starting point.

Even a simple walk outside can do wonders for your stress levels.

You should also look to get a decent night’s sleep when feeling stressed, aim to get your full eight hours and give your body and mind a rest.

Other methods to reduce your stress levels include eating a healthy diet, deep breathing exercises and meditation to slow any stress-related symptoms.

If you have given any of these methods a go and still experience any stress-related vision problems, please arrange an appointment with your optician immediately.

While a sight test is fairly routine, it’s important to consider easing anxiety for those who find it a struggle.

Anxiety, stress and frustration can be the result of a fear of eyes (ommetaphobia), communication difficulties or general discomfort.

Many conditions can make people feel socially or emotionally uncomfortable, which can cause them to not provide all of the relevant information.

It’s important that an optometrist has the means to engage with these individuals and help ease their anxiety.

As a sight test contributes to our general health, it’s important that optometrists have the means to engage with all individuals.

So it is essential the optometrist will take the time to communicate with them.

How can Visioncall ease sight test anxiety?

Visioncall optometrists undergo training to understand and respond appropriately based on the individual’s needs.

We train our optometrists to deliver a sight test with dignity, integrity and respect for the individual.

Presenting in a calm, friendly and respectful manner helps ensure the person is comfortable.

When an individual is calm and co-operative, our optometrist is then able to carry out a sight test.

We know that a subjective response isn’t always possible though (i.e. responding to a letter chart).

So our optometrists are trained to use alternative equipment to deliver an objective sight test to non-communicative individuals.

By easing sight test anxiety using this skill set, we can enable a person to have a regular sight test.

However, it’s vital that the individual is co-operative and willing to sit (even briefly) so our optometrist can carry out the sight test.

A regular sight test is important to check for any changes in a person’s prescription and their eye health.

Someone who experiences anxiety, stress and agitation during a sight test still needs their sight and eye health checked.

As Visioncall optometrists make use of both subjective and objective testing, these individuals are able to have a regular sight test.

Visioncall understands that when a person can see better, they can live better.

Additional care needs

A person with expressed additional care needs may not be in a position to clearly communicate their needs or concerns to someone in charge of their care.

It’s important that when we care for those who need additional care, we’re able to communicate with them.

Empathy and patience enable caring professionals to engage and draw a verbal or non-verbal response from a person.

This response is vital to truly understand a person’s needs and preferences.

Avoiding assumptions about a person’s preferences is key to achieving person-centred care.

That’s why Visioncall ensures that all of our optometrists and dispensers are trained extensively.

Easing sight test anxiety is possible simply by communicating and listening to an individual.

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