Is it normal for my vision to start blurring when I start to panic?

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Azuria
January 25th, 2016 3:22am
Absolutely. That rush of adrenaline from panic can even bring sweating, and shaking with it. It often induces pupil dilation, which causes your body to take in more light into your eyes. Normally this only happens if you're in a dark place, in order for your eyes to compensate for the lack of light so you may traverse the dark. The adrenaline acts in response to the stress of panic, causing your eyes to 'light up' and take in more of its surroundings. Coupled with the increased blood flow to your brain and it can overwhelm you.
strongerthanever
April 16th, 2015 1:34pm
absolutely, people suffer from many different symptoms when they begin to panic, i myself get blurry eyes and my ears ring, i start to feel really hot and my heart races.
Anonymous
June 10th, 2015 5:16am
My vision does the same when I start to panic. I would tell a trusted adult or someone you trust for that matter. See a trained professional if need be.
RachxTheLight
June 22nd, 2015 1:47am
It is normal. You may have more adrenaline that is creating the blurriness in your vision. Panic attacks create quite a bit of adrenaline to do such a thing.
Theleavesinmay
February 9th, 2016 6:19am
Yes-I recommend you sit down when this happens. I think it's a high BP symptom, and it should stop when you calm down.
c1ov3rda1e
February 26th, 2015 2:55am
It fully depends on the individual person, what they have seen before, what they themselves may have experienced, and what kind of person they ultimately are. You cannot know what will be going on in peoples heads around you, but thankfully, in most situations, people are sympathetic. A lot of times someone will be willing to comfort you or sit you somewhere away from the bigger group, so you can get better. In the end, these people are the only ones who matter in the situation, because there's are the only thoughts worth knowing.
Anonymous
June 10th, 2015 10:06am
Yes it is. Disorientation, shaking hands, and difficulty breathing are some of the most common symptoms of panic attacks. In order to avoid or prevent them, it's important to spend a few minutes a day to just breathe and do something that relaxes you. Others find yoga and meditation to be helpful too.
silentmirror1995
October 25th, 2016 8:33pm
Yeah it absolutely is. Our brain wants to switch off the power generator so that it can reserve it from greater harm. And the nerves corresponding the eyes come first in that process.
AmandaArctica
February 26th, 2015 7:29pm
I never experienced this symptom when I was suffering from anxiety but it isn't unheard of. However, if you are experiencing chest pains or shortness of breath along with blurred vision please dial your local emergency number ASAP.
H3r3ForYou
April 6th, 2015 1:46pm
Blurred vision is quite a common symptom of people experiencing panic attacks or even just moments of panic. You should not worry overly about this being abnormal and just focus on your breathing and trying to calm down. :)
Eoore
May 9th, 2015 10:11pm
Yes, it's actually a natural human response. As a human, when panic sets in, it's because you're in a situation or and experience you're unfamiliar with, and because of that, your mind automatically adjusts your body to respond to that situation. That means that it focuses more on hearing, breathing, and priming your muscles for a flight response (running, possibly) other than just seeing what's around you, which is how your mind perceives everything in a normal situation, verses this new, unfamiliar situation.
Anne1992
July 7th, 2015 9:39am
Yes, it is not uncommon for people to experience blurred vision during episodes of panic. Blurred vision can be caused by 1 of two things: dilation of the pupils or hyperventilation. During the fight or flight response, you body dilates your pupils to allow more light to enter the eye, but this isnt alway beneficial, and can lead to temporary visual disturbances. Blurred vision can also be caused by hyperventilation, another very common response to feelings of panic. Try diaphragmatic breathing; calmly and deeply, breathing from your stomach and not your upper chest (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgTL5G1ibIo). I hope this helps. If you're experiencing blurred vision, dont panic, its normal! Good luck :)
iLANsa
August 27th, 2018 2:07pm
There are 65 known conditions associated with anxiety, blurred vision, dizziness and a feeling of being detached from reality are only a few. So yes, it is normal to experience blurred vision when you start to have a panic attack. Remain calm. Remember to breath deep and slow. If panic attacks are a regular thing for you, learn a calming technique. Something you can do on your own. This is helpful in attempting to get back control of your own life. If you suffer more than one attack a day, consult a doctor for medication to help manage your condition.