Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Scotomaphobia: The Fear of Blindness in the Visual Field

Scotomaphobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of blindness in the visual field.  This phobia is actually the fear of Scotoma or having spots before the eyes. Scotomaphobia can be caused by injuries such as getting poked in the eye or having difficult experiences with eye drops or contacts.
A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities or persons.  The main symptom is an excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Other phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread.  Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders.

Do you suffer from Scotomaphobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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