The Link Between Eye Problems and Headaches
Headaches are one of the most common complaints for adults and children. The severity and frequency of headaches varies from occasionally to almost daily.
Headaches have a variety of causes, including eye problems. June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. It is the perfect time to encourage people with chronic headaches to seek help.
Types of headaches
Various types of headaches can occur, including:
Migraines: Migraines are a chronic type of headache that has various triggers, such as hormones, certain foods, and sleep problems.
Tension: Tension headaches can develop from tight muscles in the neck, face, and shoulders.
Cluster: Cluster headaches can involve intense pain often in one side of the head that comes in a cyclical pattern. They may occur every day for a few weeks. The intense pain may last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.
Sinus: Sinus headaches can develop due to a sinus infection or sinus congestion.
Headaches can also develop from overtaking certain types of medications, dehydration, and eye problems. Continue reading below to learn more about how eye issues are associated with headaches.
One of the most frequent causes of headaches associated with eye issues is eye strain. Overusing the muscles involved in vision focus can lead to eye strain and, subsequently, headaches. Any type of activity that causes you to focus your eyes for extended periods of time can lead to eye strain.
A common cause of eye strain is staring at a computer or phone screen for too long. If you spend a lot of time looking at a screen, it is helpful to take regular breaks every hour or two.
Typical symptoms of eye strain include:
Sensitivity to light