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Visual changes normal when making eye contact for a long time?

Visual changes normal when making eye contact for a long time?

Dry eye: Your description sounds like dry eye. Initial treatment is frequent artificial tears during the day, ountment at night, warm compresses a few times a day, and omega-3 fatty acid supplements. If no improvement, you should see an eye doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Eye Contact (Definition)

Babies love looking in their parents' eyes, and eye contact can help strengthen the parent-child bond. Just don't be too eager; respect babies wishes when they've had ...Read more


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Can't make eye contact, tired all the time, constant worrying. What is this called?

Can't make eye contact, tired all the time, constant worrying. What is this called?

Anxiety?: This would benefit from evaluation by a mental health professional at some point. It sounds like it may be either an anxiety disorder or a mood disorder. I hope you get to feeling better! ...Read more

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10 week old sometimes avoids eye contact (particularly while being held). Other times, he coos, smiles n tracks well but mostly while lying down. Help?

10 week old sometimes avoids eye contact (particularly while being held). Other times, he coos, smiles n tracks well but mostly while lying down. Help?

Development varies: Slightly with each infant, and if he is making good eye contact while lying down, cooing and smiling, it sounds like he is on track. It may be that when he is upright, there are so many more sights to see that his eye contact with you is intermittent, compared to looking at you vs a boring ceiling when lying down. Keep talking and interacting with you baby, but share concerns at next check up. ...Read more

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I have a very difficult time maintaining eye contact in social situations where I am not learning anything I find interesting. Any ideas?

I have a very difficult time maintaining eye contact in social situations where I am not learning anything I find interesting. Any ideas?

Interpersonal skills: You might look for a group therapy experience that focuses on developing improved interpersonal skills. ...Read more

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I have trouble making eye contact with people and I am afraid people are judging me. Can anything be done? What r the options?

I have trouble making eye contact with people and I am afraid people are judging me. Can anything be done? What r the options?

Great first step: Hi EMarsh,
First of all, I'd like to say that I'm happy you were able to have the courage to take the first first step in overcoming your uneasiness. I think we all experience what you're describing to some degree and oftentimes it can be hard to reach out for help. It depends on the severity of your symptoms, but some people choose counseling as the first step. Even just talking about it can help ...Read more

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How many seconds of eye contact should my 4 month old son be making with me?

How many seconds of eye contact should my 4 month old son be making with me?

Infant Eye Contact: Human infants should be able to consistently make eye contact and smile responsively to caregiver faces by 4 months of age. They will often try to imitate you (such as sticking out your tongue at them) or laugh in response to silly faces that you make. ...Read more

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I haven't been making eye contact with anyone. Is social withdrawal normal when you have mono?

I haven't been making eye contact with anyone. Is social withdrawal normal when you have mono?

Mono: Social withdrawal is expected when trying to cope with self image & self esteem issue. Not normal if interferes with daily functioning or causes distress. ...Read more

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10 mth baby boy seems very shy. He'll press his face into my chest to avoid making eye contact w/others he doesn't know or cry. What can I do to stop?

10 mth baby boy seems very shy. He'll press his face into my chest to avoid making eye contact w/others he doesn't know or cry. What can I do to stop?

Child Development: This is absolutely normal, on schedule, and as it should be for a ten month old child. He will grow out of this as his brain continues to develop and there will be a time when he becomes 'too' curious and you will worry the other way. There is nothing here to worry about at all. ...Read more

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Are there any techniques for eye contact if you might have anxiety in a situation making eye contact? Like maybe looking at the chin, nose, forehead

Are there any techniques for eye contact if you might have anxiety in a situation making eye contact? Like maybe looking at the chin, nose, forehead

Fun...: I like to try to find my reflection in the other person's eyes and see if I can make out what is behind me or try to count their eye lashes...tens of minutes of fun and they never notice a thing. I just have to remember to blink because I loose track of time and staring wide-eyed is just creepy :-) If a person has nystagmus the fun is only intensified! ...Read more

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My 11 month old is walking, babbling, and smiling/making eye contact. My only concern is that he doesn't do hand gestures. Is this an autism concern?

My 11 month old is walking, babbling, and smiling/making eye contact. My only concern is that he doesn't do hand gestures. Is this an autism concern?

Not at all: In fact, the babbling is far more important, and many children develop pointing and gesturing skills closer to 13-15 mos of age. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's normal to not want to make eye contact with others?

Lack of eye contact: May be learned behavior or self esteem issue, have a talk with your doc, may suggest you talk with a psychologist. ...Read more

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Baby makes almost no eye contact?

Baby makes almost no eye contact?

How old?: No eye contact for first month or two not necessarily abnormal, as vision system still very immature. Speak to your pediatrician for reassurance. ...Read more

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Why is it that I avoid people and no eye contact?

Why is it that I avoid people and no eye contact?

Avoidant personality disorder: It is important that you are asking the question. Time to see a psychiatrist and talk about it. Social anxiety to this degree is very unpleasant. There is help. Cognitive therapy and sometimes drug therapy can be a big help. ...Read more

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Do those who have aspergers have eye contact problems?

Do those who have aspergers have eye contact problems?

Socialization issues: Effective communication between humans involves eye contact. It's considered to be one more of many features of autistic spectrum disorder, the new way of describing what we use to diagnose as asperger's. But, remember that other disorders such as those under the amxiety disorders "umbrella" and even psychotic disorders with paranoid ideation can also cause people to have "avoidant" eye-gaze. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a patient refuses to make eye contact?

What does it mean when a patient refuses to make eye contact?

Could be many things: Making eye contact opens a person up and that makes some people uncomfortable. There are endless possibilities why so guessing is not a good idea. The best way to find out is to ask but ask in a way that is not accusatory. Since the word "refuses" is used I wonder if you are frustrated that the patient is not listening to you. Ask the patient if they know they are not making eye contact with you. ...Read more

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What does it mean when someone gives you little or no eye contact?

Shy: I would say the most likely thing is that the person may simply be shy. We have all seen young children who hide behind their mothers legs and will not look at you. Certaninly other types of behavior can lead to this also. If a patient has an eye disease of certain type, such as inflammatory eye disease, they may be light sensitive and not look at you simply due to lighting situations. ...Read more

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Eye contact with Vicks vapo rub of my 18 month old. Should I be worried?

Eye contact with Vicks vapo rub of my 18 month old. Should I be worried?

No: Petroleum and menthol has very low risk of toxicity to the eye. It could cause a little irritation and in really rare causes a corneal abrasion. Go to your eye md if you have discharge or significant foreign body sensation (it feels like something is in the eye). ...Read more

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I have uncontrolable laughter, dislike eye contact and social interaction. What could this be?

I have uncontrolable laughter, dislike eye contact and social interaction. What could this be?

See below: Have your doctor refer you to a psychiatrist to evaluate you for a specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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I find it really hard to keep eye contact and find in a conversation I end up looking away from them for most of it is this normal?

I find it really hard to keep eye contact and find in a conversation I end up looking away from them for most of it is this normal?

Common: There is a kind of intimacy from direct gaze and it is normal to avert the glance at times. If you completely look away this might be interpreted as a lack of attention. ...Read more

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Do most assault victims avoid eye contact?

Do most assault victims avoid eye contact?

Yes: The typical fight /flight response will cause an individual to look away from a traumatic event. ...Read more

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How to apply eye contact lenses into small eyes?

How to apply eye contact lenses into small eyes?

Carefully: It can be difficult to insert contact lenses when the opening between the lids, or the eyeball itself, is smaller than average. Contact lenses do come in differing diameters, and a smaller one may be a bit easier. Usually your eye doctor will have an individual who is experienced at teaching the use of contacts in the office, and they can offer advice about technique of insertion and removal. ...Read more

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Why do I avoid eye contact except when emotional?

Check it out: There can be various social and/or psychological causes. An initial evaluation by your md with referral to a specialist of his/her choosing is advisable. ...Read more

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Why does my son avoid eye contact? He is not really shy.

Why does my son avoid eye contact? He is not really shy.

Pediatric exam: A visit with his pediatrician is indicated, less likely that it is caused by an eye problem. ...Read more