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Headaches And Your Eyes

Headaches And Your Eyes On occasion headaches occur because of an eye problem. When you suffer from a headache it is a natural assumption that your head pain is somehow associated with your eyes. In truth this is not usually the case. Most headaches are due to tension poor neck posture sinus trouble high blood pressure or a spasm of the blood vessels as in a migraine headache. Very rarely headaches can turn out to have a serious cause such as a brain tumor or aneurysm but these are almost always accompanied by other symptoms.

Sometimes headaches seem eye-related because they come on after prolonged eye usage – like when you’re reading working at a computer or watching TV – but more often than not the real cause is postural. Correcting head posture may involve changing your eyeglasses but that may be a simple measure to alleviate headaches.

On occasion headaches occur because of an eye problem. A headache caused by uncorrected farsightedness or astigmatism can signify a need for new prescription eyeglasses. Similarly eye muscles that are not working together properly can result in pressure around the eyes eye-pulling or forehead headaches. In addition Angle-closure glaucoma can lead to headaches over the eyebrows. Although these problems may exist for many years without causing a headache later in life your tolerance may lessen.

Eye-related headaches are typically helped by resting your eyes and taking a mild pain reliever. Some eye conditions and diseases cause an eyeache which is similar to the feeling you have upon leaving a dark movie theatre and stepping into the bright sunlight. An eyeache occurring in only one eye whether a headache accompanies it or not should be brought to the attention of your eye care practitioner.

If you have headaches that persist or occur regularly and if no eye-related reason can be found after a visit to your eye care practitioner you should consult your general practitioner or a neurological specialist to help determine the cause.



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