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People who experience Ommetaphobia have an extreme fear of eyes. This fear can be so strong that it can disrupt daily routines and social activities, even though it may seem irrational since there is no real danger. This phobia is very real to those who suffer from it.
To manage it, the underlying cause must be identified and different coping strategies, therapies, and medications may be used. In real life, this phobia can be triggered by public speaking, socializing, eye exams, contact lenses, eye drops, eye masks, getting substances in the eyes, and even seeing fake eyes.
Symptoms of Ommetaphobia
The symptoms of ommetaphobia may include sweating, increased heart rate, dizziness, rapid breathing, shaking, nausea, dry mouth, and muscle tension. Avoidance may be used as a coping mechanism but will make the phobia worse in the long run.
Causes of Ommetaphobia
The exact cause of ommetaphobia is not known, but it is believed to be caused by a variety of factors. This type of fear may be caused by a negative experience related to eyes, a fear of mutilation, or a social phobia. Other factors such as hereditary anxiety disorders may also be a cause.
Treatments for Ommetaphobia
The treatment for ommetaphobia will depend on the individual and the severity of their fear. Some of the most common treatments include:
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): CBT is the most common form of treatment for ommetaphobia. This type of therapy helps people to identify and challenge their irrational beliefs about eyes. It also helps people to develop new, healthier coping skills.
Exposure therapy: Exposure therapy can help people to confront their fear of eyes in a safe and controlled environment. During this type of therapy, people will be gradually exposed to looking eyes in a way that is not overwhelming or stressful.
Medication: In some cases, medication may be prescribed to help manage anxiety and other symptoms associated with ommetaphobia. Medication may be used in combination with other forms of therapy to help manage symptoms.