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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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“I have seen so much growth in Kayla.  She appears much less frustrated and seems more able to cope with frustrating situations.  Last year she could not connect the dots to make a triangle to now being able to draw and microscope and it's parts from the board.  She enjoys reading now and is doing adult connect the dot books.  We used to spend hours on homework which was often not done correctly--to going to school all day and then math tutoring for an hour with no problems.  She still struggles with reading and spelling, but on her last report card got all A's and 1B.  She feels that the vision therapy has helped her be more successful in life (softball, school, etc).  My personnel feeling is that Kayla's vision problems created a feeling of chaos or loss of control---she struggled with trying to control her life in a chaotic situation.  Now she can make sense of the world visually, she is less angry, less stressed and feels more successful in life. Thank you for everything!”

Dr. Camille Reineke PhD Pyschologist

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