Optophobia- Fear of opening one’s eyes

Unless one’s eye is sewn shut or kept close by injury or disease, it is impossible for one to keep our eyes closed but there are some people with the irrational and persistent fear of opening one’s eye called optophobia.

This fear usually is caused by a traumatic experience such as seeing one have a fatal accident and witnessing the whole event, seeing your boyfriend or girlfriend hugging or kissing another, seeing something really scary on TV among so many things that one may fear. This fear is usually debilitating because the phobic person might prefer to stay indoors in a darkly lit room where the walls are almost bare and they don’t see a lot of things.

These persons usually have generalized anxiety disorders and usually display symptoms of full blown panic attacks when they see something that they do not like. They may have palpitations, tremors, chest tightness, shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, and they will cover their eyes and refuse to open them until they assured that the thing they fear seeing is gone.

Treatment involves hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and medications are usually given to these patients. Anti-anxiety and anti-depressants are usually prescribed so that these patients may go back to their normal everyday life.