Anxiety and Stress

Anxiety and Stress and Vision Problems


Does your child have anxiety or stress? A undiagnosed vision problem that is making it hard to see or process information may be contributing to their discomfort. Let's first talk about anxiety and stress.  Although both anxiety and stress are closely related, they are different from one another in many ways. There is both physical and emotional aspects of anxiety that could prove detrimental to a child’s learning abilities. Having an unknown vision problem could lead to anxiety and stress, especially in an educational environment which would create a challenge for the child to learn on a day to day basis.

By recognizing and addressing both the presence of anxiety or stress in a child, it will not only improve on their school performance but also overall quality of life. By determining if an undiagnosed vision problem is causing the stress or anxiety, a solution is easily at hand. 

How to Identify Anxiety

There are many signs that a child with anxiety may show.

  • Complaints of headaches or stomachaches with no medical reason (eye focusing or eye teaming deficits can cause headaches)
  • Restlessness, fidgeting, or poor attention (ADHD symptoms can be the same as symptoms coming from convergence insufficiency... an eye teaming problem)
  • Tensing of muscles
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Excessive sweating
  • Constantly worried about the near future
  • Separation anxiety
  • Compulsive or obsessive behaviors
  • Frequently asking “What if?”

What are the Differences between Anxiety and Stress?

  • Stress is a natural response, increasing heart rate towards a challenge
  • Stress can cause nervousness, frustration, and be overwhelming
  • Unease from being anxious about something specific, the future, or a lack of ability

Before concluding that your child has a mental or emotional problem, see a behavioral optometrist to rule out easily treatable conditions that might be contributing to anxious behavior. Dr. Marran's regular eye exams including a screening for these conditions, as your child has nothing to lose except perhaps their anxiety and stress. Call us to make an appointment today at (714) 961-2020.

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