Why are headaches and eyesight problems related?
The causes of headaches and migraines are many and varied, but a common trigger is eyesight problems.
might not immediately associate headaches with your eyesight and,
instead, reach for painkillers to relieve the symptoms. Or, sadly, you
may come to accept headaches as an annoying, draining part of life. The
good news is that if it is your eyes that are the problem, then
you can wave goodbye to painful, frequent headaches. To find out, start
by getting your eyes tested.
So why are headaches and eyesight
problems related? Well, headaches can be caused by squinting or
straining your eyes to see clearer.
Many people don’t even realise
when they are squinting to compensate for slowly declining eyesight, as
over time it becomes automatic. But even a slight squint repeated
enough times could lead to a headache. Especially if you work in a job
where you spend long hours staring at a computer screen, a smart phone
and/or small print in books, it’s likely that your headaches are being
caused by eyesight problems.
Eyestrain and refractive errors
is caused by the tiny muscles in your eyes working harder than they
should. Your lens and cornea combine to focus what you are looking at
onto the retina at the back of your eye, creating clear images. When
this system isn’t working 100% correctly (due to an eye condition or
over-working) it may lead to blurry vision, sore eyes and headaches.
Refractive errors: common eyesight problems
errors are common eyesight problems that, if left untreated, may lead
to headaches and migraines. Most refractive errors can be easily
corrected with glasses or contact lenses.
The main refractive errors that can cause eyestrain and headache are:
blurry or distorted vision. This results from an irregular shaped
cornea. If you have astigmatism, you’re likely to squint to focus your
vision, which can cause headaches
called ‘long-sightedness’. Objects at close range become difficult to
see clearly. You may squint to try to see objects properly, causing
headaches. Can occur at any age.
- myopia—commonly called 'short-sightedness'. Objects at long range become difficult to see clearly. Has been strongly linked to improper reading habits, working at close distances for extended periods of time and working in poor lighting conditions.
as you get older, and comes from a Greek word that means ‘aging eye’.
As with hyperopia (long-sightedness) if you have presbyopia, you lose
the ability to see objects clearly at close range. This is due to the
decreasing flexibility in the eye with age. This can cause headaches.
See a doctor for headaches
you are suffering from regular headaches, regardless of what you
believe the cause might be, it’s vital to see a doctor to rule out any
If the doctor believes that your headaches may be caused by eyesight problems, they will refer you to an optometrist.
if you already wear glasses or contact lenses, remember that your
eyesight can change gradually over time and you may need to update your
prescription to meet your current eyesight needs. Regular eyesight tests
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