Why Ignoring Your Poor Vision Can be Detrimental to Your Mental Health

Do you know that one of the most common phobias of aging is a loss of vision?

Research indicates that there is a noticeable link between your eyes and your brain as your eyes can be used to analyze whether you have mental health issues as irregular eye movement can suggest the abnormal functioning of the brain.

Research by the National Institute of Mental Health states that roughly one in every five adults in the US suffers from mental illness every year which is roughly 18.5% of the population which equals to about 43.8 million people.

Roughly 65% of adults over the age of 50 tend to suffer from vision problems. Blurry vision can further lower your ability to function optimally.

Here are 5 negative effects of eye disease on your mental health:

  1. Depression

Loss of vision has consistently been linked with depression according to reports and is a constant leader in depression despite you having social support, no financial strain, gender and age factors all being under control. Patients that are already suffering from poor vision and are about to undergo cataract surgery are much more likely to be depressed, this can increase the longer you wait.

Blindness is a large cause of handicaps amongst elderly people which lowers their quality of life and also increases their chances of falling into the deep abyss of depression.

  1. Anxiety

Loss of vision is not only associated with depression but can also increase feelings of anxiety which prevents people from caring for themselves or others. Contracting an eye disease increases the chances of depression and also leads to anxiety which further pushes you to experience a feeling of isolation.

Progressive loss of your vision can also lead to hallucinations which may not be harmful but will tend to disturb you. Emotional reactions can also lead to psychological stress and elderly people that have visual impairments may have to be institutionalized.

  1. Social Withdrawal

Loss of vision can lead you to withdraw from social and public life due to the negative psychosocial consequences. Loss of your vision can have a profound effect on you which is much more than a physiological loss as it tends to hinder your leisure time and daily routine.

Visual impairment will affect your mobility and social life which can lead to social isolation, loneliness, disengagement and loss of social support. Social support can help in buffering against the consequences of vision loss and the negative effects of stress caused by vision impairment. It is important that your close friends and family understand your eye disease and eliminate any associated stigma that can worsen the social isolation.

  1. Personality Disorders

Visually impaired individuals tend to be very different as the degree of impairment, personality, intelligence, background and the presence of other disabilities all tend to have varying effects on them. E.g Their cognitive ability affects their ability to conceptualize their environment in the absence or reduction of visual information. Temperament and personal characteristics may facilitate or interfere with adaptive tasks.

  1. Poor Vision Can Harm Your Brain

Poor vision can keep on constantly causing you headaches which can turn into hindering migraines. Migraines are a serious medical condition which can harm your brain. In the long term, migraine can lead to a stroke and white lesions in your brain which in turn can cause more migraines.

A study discovered that there is a link between mental debilitation and migraines.

The Power of Medical Intervention

The fact that your vision will fade as you age is a false notion that can be avoided with today’s modern technology and a good ophthalmologist. Research indicates that cataract surgery tends to have a far-reaching impact on the quality of life for the elderly e.g. patients who have undergone cataract surgery due to visual problems experience improvements in their quality of life due to a greatly improved vision.

Most vision loss nowadays can be avoided, strategies to postpone vision loss can also help delay both mental and physical decline among older adults allowing them to continue participating in activities that interest them as well improving their lives by giving them more independence and better communication skills along with transforming their lives in a positive manner.

Aaron Barriga
Aaron Barriga is the online marketing manager for Insight Vision Center, an Ophthalmology Center in California. With a knack for understanding medical procedures, and an interest in eye and vision health, Aaron loves to share what he knows and what he learns. He blogs to inform readers about the latest eye care technology and other topics related to eye care, especially LASIK. Aaron loves collecting coasters from the different bars and restaurants he visits during his travels.