Could Your Headaches Be Due to Eye Problems?

Eye-related headachesFrequent headaches or migraines have many causes, including eye problems. Some headaches related to eye issues are due to overuse or environmental factors, while others can point to an underlying disease or condition. Here, the team at Island Eye Surgicenter explains how eye problems can lead to headaches.

Overuse and Environmental Factors

Overusing the focusing muscles of your eyes can lead to eye strain, which in turn can result in headaches. Eye strain is more common than what you may think as so many people are spending countless hours in front of computers and other digital devices. In fact, over 50 percent of people who use digital devices report experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain, including headaches.

Headaches as a result of eye strain and overuse are usually benign. To reduce eye strain, give your eyes frequent breaks when working in front of a computer or using other digital devices. Try to remember to blink often, or follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Making changes to the environment around you can also help. Adjusting the lighting in the room and the brightness of your screen so they closely match can keep your eyes comfortable. If possible, avoid overhead lighting, which is typically harsher on the eyes than floor or desk lamps.

Eye Conditions and Diseases

There are a number of eye conditions and diseases that can cause headaches or migraines. These range from refractive errors like astigmatism, myopia and hyperopia, to more serious conditions like cataracts and glaucoma. If left untreated, cataracts and glaucoma can lead to permanent vision loss.

One less common eye condition associated with head pain is an ocular migraine, which is characterized by temporary vision loss or even temporary blindness in one eye. Ocular migraines are more painful than typical headaches and may be accompanied by blind spots and flashing lights. Symptoms usually last up to 30 minutes.

Because headaches can be a result of various eye problems, it is important to get your eyes checked regularly. Schedule an eye exam right away if you are experiencing chronic headaches, especially if your headaches are accompanied by other eye symptoms.

To book an appointment with one of the eye doctors at Island Eye Surgicenter, please contact our Long Island office today.

Leave a Reply

Island Eye Surgicenter
1500 Jericho Turnpike
Westbury, NY 11590

Tel: (516) 877-2400
Fax: (516) 877-1879

Switch To Mobile Version
© 2024 Island Eye Surgicenter | Privacy Policy

The Island Eye Surgicenter website does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Responses to any questions you submit to the Island Eye Surgicenter website are not to be considered medical advice and do not take the place of a visit to a physician. The contents of the Island Eye Surgicenter website, such as text, graphics, images, and other material contained on the Island Eye Surgicenter website ("Content") are for informational purposes only. Reliance on any Content provided by the Island Eye Surgicenter website is solely at your own risk. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment.

Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on the Island Eye Surgicenter website! If you think you may have a medical emergency, please call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.