Headache and Your Vision Problems

Posted by on Nov. 08, 2012

Headache and Your Vision Problems

Have you ever experienced a blinding headache and doctors can’t determine what’s wrong with you? Your headache might be caused by what you should be seeing: your vision problems.

You might be unaware that a headache could be a sign that something is wrong with your eyes. If you’re having too many headaches and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are not working, it might be time for you to schedule an eye exam. Below are some of the most common vision-problems that could cause headaches:

Poor Vision
Poor vision refers to the condition wherein a person’s eyesight is not at the optimum 20-20 vision, which is the normal visual acuity or measure of the sharpness and clarity of vision. People with weak eyesight need prescription glasses to correct their vision, though sometimes the problem is genetic and hereditary.

One of the symptoms of having poor vision is frequently experiencing headaches. If your headaches occur when you’re watching television, reading, or doing any activity that may be putting strain on your eyes, you might need to get to your nearest ophthalmologist to get your eyes checked.

Headache and Your Vision Problems

Most people, even those who are using prescription glasses, experience eyestrain. This occurs when the eye muscles become too tired, and a headache develops behind or around the eyes. This manifests when you’re having a hard time reading the text or image in front of you, and you need to squint to focus your vision. By doing so, you are stressing your eye muscles.

The conditions that are normally associated with eyestrain involve astigmatism, hyperopia, and presbyopia. All cases make things look blurry, and people with these conditions tend to squint their eyes to see better.

An anti-glare screen is a good investment if you’re frequently experiencing eyestrain while working. Proper posture and taking regular breaks would give your eyes the rest it deserves as well.

Outdated Eyewear
Just because you’re already wearing prescription glasses doesn’t mean you’re not prone to headaches due to vision problems. If you’re already wearing glasses and you still experience frequent headaches, it might be time for you to have your eyes checked as your vision might need further correction.

Glaucoma refers to eye conditions that damage the optic nerve. This is when a clear fluid fills part of the eye. In glaucoma, the liquid could be slowed down or blocked, which in turn builds pressure on the eye. This pressure could cause severe and debilitating headaches.

Aside from the conditions mentioned above, there are other vision problems that can cause headaches. Make sure you consider your vision problems before looking into serious diseases when determining the culprit of your headache attacks.


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