Vision problems are not the only cause of headaches. However, they are a potential cause, and they’re more common than you might think. Throughout your lifetime, your eyes and vision will change. So, even though you have never needed glasses or had optical issues in the past, it does not necessarily mean that you won’t encounter these medical issues in the future.
If you find yourself getting frequent headaches that you can’t find another explanation for, then it is time to schedule an eye exam.
How Are Headaches Related to Vision?
The primary reason why vision problems can cause headaches is eyestrain. Eyestrain is a condition that has become increasingly common as it is associated with the frequent use of electronic screens in addition to reading and other activities that require the prolonged use of concentrated, up-close vision. Eyestrain specifically related to electronic screen use is also called computer vision or digital eyestrain.
Symptoms of Eyestrain
If you suffer from eyestrain, you might experience the following symptoms after the use of electronic screens, close-up work, or reading:
Headache in or around eyes
Burning or aching eyes
Itchy or dry eyes
Sensitivity to light
Neck and shoulder stiffness or pain
When Eyestrain Is a Cause for Concern
The occasional case of eyestrain can happen to anyone. However, if you notice that you experience symptoms of eyestrain or headaches more frequently, then the strain or symptoms of over-work might actually be related to an underlying eye condition that is affecting your vision or other aspects of your ocular health.
Eye Conditions That Can Cause Eyestrain and Eye Pain
There are several conditions and vision problems that can lead to eye pain and headaches. Some of the most common include:
Giant Cell Arteritis
Optic Nerve Issues
Vision problems such as astigmatism, hyperopia, myopia, and presbyopia can cause eyestrain if uncorrected. Thankfully, these conditions can be easily corrected with corrective lenses.
Other eye-related problems can be the result of a disease, aging, or another health condition. These issues and their related symptoms can be resolved with treatment of the underlying concern.
Eye Exams at Gulf Coast Health Center
If you suffer from frequent eyestrain or have been getting frequent headaches, we strongly encourage you to contact Gulf Coast Health Center to schedule an appointment with an eye doctor today.
Gulf Coast Health Center, Inc. is a private, non-profit community based organization. We are partially funded through grants, including funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration. A sliding fee scale is available to all patients regardless of insurance.