What Being in Love Does to Your Eyes

what being in love does to your eyes

Ah, love. That wonderful, heart-thumping, pumping, splendid thing. It makes you do all kinds of goofy things that ordinarily wouldn’t warrant any attention—you’ll find yourself laughing over nothing, eating food you hate so as not to disappoint a date, and going places you personally have no interest in but   suddenly, well, you’ve never heard of anything more riveting than the new butterfly exhibition at the museum because you happen to know your sweetheart is dying to see it. When in love, life is suddenly all rainbow-sprinkled and wonderful. Everything’s a song and you’re perfectly content to mill around the world all googly-eyed. But did you know this last part is kinda true? Being in love can inspire more than just heartfelt emotions—it actually does things to your eyes. And not just in seeing stars and rainbows kinda way. So, here you have it. Being in love can…

Make You Blind To Other Attractive Potential Partners

You may have endearingly proclaimed your love so intense, that you don’t even see other members of the opposite sex. No, this doesn’t mean those new Biofinity lenses aren’t working. This may be a slightly exaggerated declaration, but surprisingly, there could actually be some truth to love-induced eye issue. A condition known as unconscious attentional bias does actually cause you to avert your eyes from attractive members of the opposite sex. Studies have shown this to occur to people in committed relationships, after they’ve been actively thinking about their partner. So it would seem there is some proof—love really can make you blind!

Limit Your Vision

Now, love can cause other types of blindness, too. Unfortunately, this one has to do with jealousy, an emotion nearly anyone who’s ever been in love has experienced. A study showed that when a female partner felt jealousy—which was done by telling them her that her significant other was tasked with rating different women on levels of attractiveness, she experienced temporary blindness. It’s not that she couldn’t see at all, but she had previously been tasked with picking out a specific target in a group of pictures. After finding out about the ‘other women’ most individuals were distracted and often missed seeing the target.

Dilate Your Pupils

Ever wonder what it means when your pupils are dilated? It may signal that you’ve fallen hard for someone. Some studies have shown that when a person is experiencing intense, positive emotions, their pupils can grow. One such emotion is love (which explains why we feel so starry-eyed staring at Johnny Depp in glasses). It’s actually pretty sweet when you think about it—our pupils dilate to allow us to see better in the dark. So in a way, it’s like your brain is trying to widen your vantage to allow it to gain more information about the person in front of you. Maybe being googly-eyed really is a thing after all. That said, if you’re trying to hide your crush, you may want to wear sunglasses, since you won’t be able to control your pupils from dilating. Kind of a total giveaway.

Lock You In A Longing Gaze

Next up, a word on those loving gazes you share with a loved one—those might actually mean something, too! An experiment in the 1970’s studied young couples. It had them fill out a survey asking about their love and connection to their sweetheart. The couples were left alone to fill out the surveys—that was actually the whole of the experiment. What scientists were looking to find out was how often the couple looked into one another’s eyes when left alone. What they found was that the more a couple locked eyes while in the room, the higher results they showed on the survey, leading scientists to conclude that the more a couple is in love, the more they share those special looks—even when no one else is around. Awwwww.

So there you have it, love isn’t exactly all about the heart—our eyes play a major role, too. Whether it’s catching the gaze of that next-door hottie with the help of some colored contacts like FreshLook Colors, or locking stares with your crush, our eyes can be quite the matchmaker when it comes to love.

Food to Improve Eyesight

Continuing Promise 2011A balanced diet is critical for overall health, but did you know that there are certain nutrients that can help strengthen your sight and optical health? The likelihood of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts can be limited by strategically incorporating certain foods into your meals. Sound simple enough? Keep reading!

You can be proactive about your eye’s health. There is evidence showing that risk of cataracts and macular degeneration (damage to the retina) can be reduced with an increase in consumption of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. According to some studies, the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids may slow the progression of early onset AMD. It is also possible that eating increased amounts of vitamins C and E may reduce the risk of cataracts or AMD, though take note that this assertion has been debated by experts and researchers.

It is important to discuss any intent to dramatically increase consumption of vitamins and minerals with your general practitioner. These trained medical professionals can direct you to vitamins that may help, as well as look out for potential side-effects. For example, there is an increased risk of heart failure in at-risk persons aggressively upping their consumption of Vitamin E. Your doctors will be able to recommend particular doses to you to make sure that you stay fit and healthy.

679047561_51e83acca1Fortunately, consuming additional nutrients such as lutein and zeaxanthin does not have to be inconvenient or bothersome…in fact, it can be quite tasty! Many delicious foods contain these nutrients and increasing the amount of those foods you eat can help you be proactive in preserving your eyesight. Consider adding the following foods to your diet:
• Leafy greens. Kale, collard greens, spinach, romaine lettuce, turnip greens, peas, broccoli, green beans, etc.
• Citrus fruits and juices such as oranges, grapefruits, mandarins and more.
• Vegetables high in Vitamin C like Brussels sprouts, bell peppers, leafy greens, and carrots.
• Red meat, liver, shellfish, milk, beans. These foods contain high amounts of zinc, a helpful aid to the body when it comes to night vision.
• Eggs and other non-meat proteins like nuts and sunflower seeds.
• Fish. Fatty acids like Omega-3 are very good for overall health and can help improve retina function and vision development. If you do not like seafood options like salmon and tuna, you can take supplements can help as well.
10299044175_308163ab91• Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene—a nutrient that seriously strengthens night vision.

Consuming a balanced diet with some of these foods included in that diet can help prevent cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. The key word here is balanced…it is important not to consume one of these foods in excess—you may miss the benefits of other foods and depending on your personal situation; eating too much of one nutrient may have unexpected consequences. Be sure to discuss any dietary change with your doctor.
For additional insights into maintaining clear and healthy vision, visit the eye health section of our blog today!