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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

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.

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