German scientists from Magdeburg University are confident that regular stress causes eye diseases and may be one of the key causes of vision loss.
Scientists came to such conclusions by analyzing the results of studies of past years, in which the connection between stress and eye diseases was studied. It is known that in people who already have an eye disease, stress aggravates its course and leads to an exacerbation of pathology.
However, according to the data obtained, stress can be dangerous for healthy people. It increases intraocular pressure, which leads to damage to blood vessels and the development of inflammation in the tissues of the eyes.
Scientists say that stress is not only a consequence, but also the cause of serious ophthalmological diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, ischemic neuropathy of the optic nerve, as well as age-related macular degeneration.
An important point: having learned from the doctor about vision problems, patients experience additional stress from the fear of possible blindness, and this stress leads to the progression of the disease.
Scientists believe that therapy in this case should be combined with psychotherapeutic techniques, social support for patients and training in their management of their emotions.
We add that the list of the most stressful occupations, according to a study of last year conducted in the United States, included nurses and midwives, teachers, social workers, lawyers, administrators.