Headaches? It Could Be Caused By Your Failing Eyesight

If you're getting constant headaches, it could be due to a number of things, but one in particular is your eyesight. If your eyesight is getting worse, it could cause a strain on your eyes, which will lead to headaches—constantly. You may also notice other things such as neck, shoulder, and even lower back pain. This is especially true if you spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen. Read on for more information about headaches and your eyesight, as well as how to get rid of those headaches.

Why Your Eyesight Is Causing You Headaches

Headaches from eyesight can be caused from a number of things, like digital eye strain. Staring at a screen can be straining your eyes.

Screens such as computer screens, tablets, smartphones, and other tech devices can strain your eyes. This is because you are staring at these screens and usually aren't blinking properly. Without blinking, you aren't wetting your eyes, and this dryness can cause eye strain. When looking at screens throughout the day, you need to look away from the screen often to allow time to blink and re-wet your eyes. Look away for at least 20 seconds every 20 minutes.

Glare on the screen can also be causing you to strain your eyes. Be sure to adjust your screen to reduce glare, or adjust your entire desk if necessary. Screens that are too brightly lit or not bright enough can also strain your eyes. Make adjustments to your screen as needed.

Other eye problems that can be causing your eye strain include:

  1. Wearing the wrong prescription glasses or contacts may be causing your eyes to strain. If you haven't been in to see the eye doctor for a checkup and eye exam, it may be time.
  2. Cataracts or glaucoma can also cause headaches. If you have noticed cloudiness in your eyes, it could be the beginning of cataracts. If you have glaucoma, you could feel pressure behind your eyes in addition to the headaches.
  3. Astigmatism can also cause headaches for you. Astigmatisms are caused by a curving or misshaped cornea. If you have an astigmatism, you may have to squint to see properly and may have issues seeing at night or at dusk.

If you are experiencing headaches, it's best to get to the eye doctor for an eye exam. Get your prescription up to date, or if you haven't had to ear glasses before, you may need them now. Contact an eye doctor like Robert L. Evans, OD for more information.