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Dr. Davis' Oxytocin Interview.
|Oxytocin and Eye Contact|
Did you know that when we look someone in the eye oxytocin hormone is released in the eyeball itself? Oxytocin is not solely created in the pituitary gland but is released in the ovaries, testicles, adrenal glands, pancreas, heart, gastrointestinal tract, thymus, pineal gland and the eyes as well.
Specifically, oxytocin is produced in the posterior retina of the eye. Low levels of oxytocin can cause problems with intermittent vision blurring. Patients with a low oxytocin often experience pain in the posterior eye. When oxytocin is administered vision is sharpened. People who have a difficult time maintaining eye contact often have bigger issues such as autism or a myriad of social anxiety disorders. Schizophrenia is not uncommon. (Bankier, Aigner, & Bach, 2007; Le, Ramos, & Munoz, 2007; Marchesi, Bertoni, & Maggini, 2008; Saarijärvi, Salminen, Taylor, & Toikka, 2006). Studies have shown that a single dose of oxytocin can relax a person enough to focus on the eyes and away from less relevant areas of the face. What is mostly comes down to is relaxation and less anxiety. Studies show that cumulative intranasal doses of oxytocin product more natural oxytocin in all of the glands, including the retina of the eye. Buy intranasal oxytocin here.