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Are Your Headaches Caused By Eyestrain?

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Are Your Headaches Caused By Eyestrain?

If you’ve been suffering from frequent headaches, but are not sure what could be casing them, you may need to pay a visit to your eye doctor. Uncorrected or undetected vision problems could be causing you to strain your eyes, leading to headaches and general discomfort.

What is Eye Strain?

Eye strain occurs due to improper alignment of your eyes or improper focusing due to conditions such as astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness that make your eye muscles work hard than usual.

A headache caused by eye strain typically occurs after using the eyes for long periods of time to perform tasks such as sewing, using the computer, or reading.  This can result in achy, tired eyes and may also cause blurred vision in addition to headaches.

Signs Your Headache is Caused by Eye Strain

Concentrated use of the eyes for an extended period can lead to headaches as well as fatigue in your eye, neck, and back as well as a stinging or burning sensation in your eyes. You may also find it difficult to focus if you are straining your eyes.

During prolonged use of the eyes, many people will clench the muscles of their face and head when straining to see better. Symptoms of eye strain headaches can be triggered by a variety of factors including:

  • Food additives
  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep
  • Cigarette smoke

If you think your headache is caused by eye strain, it is important also to avoid flickering or glaring lights which can make your symptoms worse.

Visit Your Eye Doctor to Reduce Eye Strain

Aside from resting your eyes during extended periods of use, you should have your eyes examined to check for any eye issues that have gone undetected and untreated that may be causing you to strain your eyes. By getting your vision issues corrected, you can reduce your eye strain and eliminate the headaches it can cause.

If you already wear contacts or glasses your eyes may have changed, resulting in eye strain, so it is essential to get an annual eye exam to ensure your prescription is up to date. Contact Dittman Eyecare today to schedule your comprehensive eye exam!

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