Eye Strain and Chronic Headaches

Is Eyestrain Contributing to Chronic Headaches?

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

Chronic headaches can be debilitating, making it difficult to keep up with your daily activities. When a headache hits, many people find that they want to spend time in bed until the pain goes away. If you are suffering from chronic headaches, then you are likely looking for a solution to stop the pain.

Medical Doctor and Optometrist

A medical doctor can look at various health factors that might be contributing to your headaches. But, these medical professionals don’t have the expertise to know how vision and eye health will affect the pain. So, it is important that you are working with both a medical doctor and an eye doctor to find the treatment plan that will best fit your needs.

An eye doctor will be able to evaluate your lifestyle and eye health, and then make recommendations that could help to decrease the pain. As a result, you can prevent the headaches if they are related to your visual health.

Why are You Getting Eyestrain Headaches?

Eye strain headaches are common in people who regularly participate in activities that require prolonged and intense use of the eyes. These types of activities might include working at the computer, watching TV, reading, or extended periods of driving.

When the eyes get tired from these activities, eye strain occurs, and it can eventually lead to pain and headaches. Sometimes, the individual doesn’t realize that the pain is associated with the activity, so they look to other treatments to fix the problem.

Preventing Eye Strain Headaches

If you frequently experience headaches related to eyestrain, then there are a few things that you can do to prevent these problems. Make it a point to change your focus regularly throughout the day. For example, if you spend a lot of time at the computer, take a five-minute break after every 20 minutes of work so that you can step away from the screen and look at objects in the distance. Look out the window or go for a walk to give your eyes a break.

Another option is to close your eyes to give them a break. You can also use circular motions to massage the temple and the back of the neck to release any tension or strain that you might be experiencing.

Are you interested in learning more about preventing eyestrain headaches? Schedule an appointment to talk to an optometrist. Call our Temecula office at (951) 302-1331 or our Murrieta office at (951) 600-9226.

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