Everyone will experience the occasional headache, but others have headaches as a regular part of their life. Some have severe migraine headaches, where others have less severe, but still bothersome traditional headaches. Headaches can be the result of many underlying issues or stress, but other headaches are directly related to vision and how the eyes work. This article will address some of the more common causes of visual related headaches.
Where does it hurt?
Doctors learn more from their patients if they describe exactly what they’re experiencing. So, be prepared to tell the doctors some important information about your headaches. The list of what is very helpful is below:
- Where does it hurt? What part of your head is the ache located?
- How often do you have a headache?
- How long do they last?
- How long has this been a problem?
- Do you associate the headaches with a certain task or time of day?
- Are you very stressed?
- What have you tried for relief? Did it work?
When your doctor is armed with all of this information they’ll be well on the road to determine the source of your headaches and potential remedies. Now, this site is dedicated to vision, so below you’ll find some of the visual sources of headaches.
- Trouble focusing. Headaches associated with near tasks like reading and computer time are usually from struggling to keep the near vision clear. It’s easy to determine this problem during your eye examination.
- Trouble keeping the eyes together. If you have to work hard to keep the eyes working together, you may or not have double vision, but you are very likely to have task-related headaches. There are eyeglasses, and in some cases, vision therapy can help as well.
- Difficult visual tasks. With more and more computer use in our culture, the incidence of computer-related headaches has increased dramatically. Prolonged staring at the screen, not properly corrected with eye wear, and heavy concentration can bring on headaches around the eyes. Headaches in the back of the head and neck can result from poor posture while trying to see the screen. In some cases, eyeglasses will solve these problems easily.
So before stressing out over why you have headaches, consider seeing an eye doctor for an evaluation. You may find the relief you’re looking for.