Headaches are never ideal, especially when they are a daily occurrence. Headaches often go misdiagnosed because they can be associated with multiple conditions. If you experience irregular headaches, it may just be considered a common headache. But if you are experiencing more frequent headaches, these could be associated with your visual system. The best way to rule out any ocular association is by having a comprehensive eye exam.
People don’t often link headaches with vision problems, but there are a few visual conditions that can lead to headaches. The most common condition is eyestrain, which occurs when the muscles of the eye are overworked. This can happen from too much computer use and can also lead to blurry vision or sore eyes along with recurrent headaches.
Eyestrain affects more than just your headaches and can stem from other more serious conditions such as:
- Presbyopia: This occurs when the lens of the eye loses its flexibility and therefore becomes difficult to focus on near objects. Presbyopia can also lead to sore eyes and headaches.
- Hyperopia: Also known as farsightedness, this is when the eye cannot clearly see things that are too close because it is focusing on images behind the retina instead of on it. This can lead to blurred vision, further eyestrain, and headaches.
- Astigmatism: This happens when the shape of the eye is not perfectly spherical and it may cause a person to squint to see a particular object clearly. This also leads to eyestrain, glare and headaches.
- Cataracts: Cataracts happen when the lens in the eye becomes cloudy, causing blurry vision. As the eye must work harder to see clearly, it can become easily strained which can cause headaches.
As you can see, each of the above conditions can lead to headaches. Treatment options for eyestrain include prescription glasses, contact lenses, surgical options, or simple lifestyle changes such as decreasing screen time.
Experiencing frequent headaches? Contact us today to book an appointment with one of our Victoria optometrists! They will help you determine the underlying cause of your headaches, and offer solutions for correcting any vision problems that may be contributing to your pain.