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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Does staring at people mean you have a problem? when in public i find that if im not careful I stare at people and that it becoems awkward eye contact
Not necessarily: Awkward can be difficult but it may not be a problem. If possible, I'll bet that a small smile and head tilt in acknowledgement will avoid a fear reaction. You may or may not know what you're looking for but some talk therapy and CBT to manage behaviors/feelings may be really helpful. Social skills can be learned like other skills. Find a good match and see. Best! ...Read more
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
Completely variable: It depends completely on the culture. Consider that you may be meeting an asian emperor in the forbidden city - you do not make eye contact until you are spoken to. Because you live in washington, usa, i would consider eye contact normal - especially with 2 white people, for instance. Eye contact shows you are listening and engaged. You can judge the other person's emotions by looking at them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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