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How Blurry Vision and Headaches May Be Related

Have you ever been work­ing on the com­put­er, read­ing a book, even dri­ving and you begin to get a headache that spreads from your head to your eyes and down your neck? A headache and blurred vision may be inter­re­lat­ed with each oth­er.

Now, every time you get a headache, it does not mean that it is relat­ed to your vision, but if you are con­stant­ly get­ting them it may be time to sched­ule an eye exam. Your headaches can some­time be asso­ci­at­ed with your eyes chang­ing. So to find out for sure it if is your eyes, going to an opti­cal pro­fes­sion­al would be a smart deci­sion. Severe headaches are some­thing that should not be tak­en light­ly, you nev­er know if it is some­thing seri­ous, plus rid­ding your­self of headaches is a def­i­nite bonus.

Even though all headaches and blur­ry vision can­not be asso­ci­at­ed, the fol­low­ing con­di­tions that usu­al­ly trig­ger your headaches can most def­i­nite­ly be asso­ci­at­ed with your eyes and vision.

  • Migraine Headaches – migraine headaches usu­al­ly cause immense pain in and around your eyes. What is known as a migraine aura can resem­ble flash­ing lights, a vivid rain­bow of lights or con­tin­u­ous zig-zags of shim­mer­ing lights. The migraine aura can last around 20 min­utes. Oth­er side effects that can be caused by a migraine is tin­gling or numb­ness of the skin, nau­sea, vom­it­ing and even light sen­si­tiv­i­ty. Migraines can be brought about by cer­tain foods, smells, med­ica­tions, loud nois­es and bright lights.
  • Eye Strain – from sim­ply overus­ing the focus­ing of your eye mus­cles can lead to eye strain usu­al­ly result­ing in a headache. With tech­nol­o­gy being used so fre­quent­ly, the small-screen tex­ting and web brows­ing can def­i­nite­ly cause strain on your eyes. Your eyes are unable to eas­i­ly focus on pix­els or a mul­ti­tude of small dots which make up words and images on your com­put­er, so they have to work hard­er to see the screen clear­ly. When your eye mus­cles are doing this con­stant­ly and for hours on end, your eye mus­cles become fatigued and a headache often occurs around or behind the eyes.
  • Far­sight­ed­ness – Peo­ple in gen­er­al who suf­fer from far­sight­ed­ness and pro­cras­ti­nate get­ting it cor­rect­ed, whether it be by glass­es, con­tacts, or iLasik surgery, often are found com­plain­ing about frontal headaches or brow aches. If you are indeed far­sight­ed, you may find it hard to focus on objects that are near­by and can expe­ri­ence eye strain, pain around the eyes, or a headache around the fore­head. The headaches will occur due to you over­com­pen­sat­ing for your far­sight­ed­ness by sub­con­scious­ly focus­ing even hard­er.
  • Pres­by­opia – peo­ple around the age of 40 usu­al­ly begin find­ing it more dif­fi­cult to clear­ly focus on near­by objects. So usu­al activ­i­ties such as read­ing will become blur­ry and headaches are to fol­low not far after because of the over­com­pen­sat­ing of your eyes due to the lack of focus.
  • Clus­ter Headaches – Clus­ter headaches are severe headaches that are asso­ci­at­ed with pain around the eye that appear in pat­terns or clus­ters, hence the name Clus­ter Headache. These types of headaches can occur often and usu­al­ly hap­pen dai­ly for sev­er­al months at a time. It is com­mon for peo­ple who suf­fer from clus­ter headaches to have them only a cou­ple times a year before dis­ap­pear­ing for long peri­ods of time. It has not yet been dis­cov­ered exact­ly what caus­es this type of headache but they are known to be con­sid­ered one of the most severe headaches to endure. Symp­toms for Clus­ter Headaches are as fol­lows: tear­ing, nasal drainage, red eyes, eye­lid droop, and changes in pupil size.

It is impor­tant that if you are expe­ri­enc­ing con­sis­tent blurred vision and headache symp­toms, to con­sult with your eye doc­tor.

January 15th, 2016|Comments Off on How Blurry Vision and Headaches May Be Related

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