Five Ways Dopamine Influences Eyesight and Vision

Seeing Rewards

Dopamine not only influences what we see but also what we pay attention to. We can’t possibly take in all the light around us so we choose what we pay attention to, what we “see.” Two people can be sitting side by side at a basketball game and see different plays or focus on different players. That is why there are typically two or three referees for each game. Each person sees something slightly different depending on where they are but also what they pay attention to. Typically we pay the most attention to the things, people, and places we will get the biggest reward from. Researchers said,

Sunlight, Vitamin D and Short-Sightedness

Last year the BBC report on a link between sunlight and near sightedness that seems to be mediated or controlled by dopamine levels. Their research suggests that being out in the sunlight is particularly healthy for our eyes.

Vitamins and Dopamine for Better Vision by Michele Blackwell on Unsplash

Brain Function and Blue and Yellow Flowers

Look around yourself. What do you see that is blue and yellow? In 2014, researchers explained that our ability to see blue and yellow is influenced by a balance of dopamine levels. It is also an indicator of the cognitive skills to resolve conflicts. What if we can reverse engineer a solution to cognitive dysfunction, vision issues, and increased development of conflict resolution skills? What do you think? Does the research support the idea that if we focus really consciously on seeing yellow and blue cars as we are driving or notice the detail in the petals and leaves of blue or yellow flowers, that this might improve our brain function?

Red Flowers for Better Vision by Luis Paico on Unsplash

Don’t Forget Red

Research indicates that it is not only the perception of yellow and blue that indicates something about the brain. There seems to be a deficiency of blue and red perception in people with ADHD. This is what was found in a 2014 study,

Dopamine and Happiness

Again linking vision to dopamine levels, researchers noted,



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Kimberly Burnham

Kimberly Burnham


Writer, Poet, Ekphrastic Writer-in-Residence, Nerve Whisperer, Brain Health Coach, Author of The Traveling Brain: Illuminating Peace Poetry in 5000 Languages.