When people suffer from eye diseases, it is sometimes also the soul that needs to be healed. What doctors experience.
"That's a thorn in my side," "I see black," or "He was blind with rage": sayings like these indicate that there is a connection between the eye, vision, and the psyche. In fact, there are such correlations, but they are extremely complex. How psychological stress affects certain eye diseases is difficult to determine. It is certain that there are vision problems that cannot be adequately explained organically. The most spectacular example of this is "psychogenic blindness": as a result of repressed emotional conflicts, patients can only see blurredly or not at all, even though their eyes are healthy.
"We have several cases of this type here per year," says Prof. Horst Helbig, Vice President of the German Ophthalmological Society (DOG). "Most of the time, these are girls between the ages of ten and 14." They would be immediately referred to a child psychologist. "However, it is important that everything else has been ruled out beforehand and that the children are not treated as 'malingerers,'" Helbig emphasizes.