Headaches are sometimes caused by eye problems like eye strain, monocular vision, borderline binocular vision, and ocular migraines. But, once you identify and treat the underlying reason for the headaches, relief is within reach. To find out whether your headaches could be connected to an eye problem, reach out to optometrist Archima Major, OD, and the Eye Innovations team in Philadelphia and Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, as soon as possible. You can request an appointment by calling the office nearest you today.
Ocular migraines are severe migraines in which you have short-term vision loss or blindness in one eye. The cause of migraines is unknown, but according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Mayo Clinic, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, genetics and neurotransmitter changes within your brain may play a role.
If you experience vision loss during migraines, it’s important to see the Eye Innovations team for an evaluation as soon as possible. In some cases, you could have another underlying eye problem requiring treatment.
Eye strain is a condition in which you overuse your eye muscles. With screen use being so common today, many kids and adults suffer from eye strain. Some common effects of eye strain can include headaches, neck pain, tired-feeling eyes, and dry eyes.
If you’re having chronic headaches that you think could be related to eye strain, talk to the Eye Innovations team about the measures you can take to relieve your symptoms. Often, it’s as easy as making small lifestyle adjustments, like changing your eye focus to another point every 20 minutes or so, using better lighting when you read, and reducing your screen time.
Monocular vision is a fairly rare condition in which you predominantly use one eye to see. Borderline binocular vision is a condition in which your eyes don’t work well as a team.
Both monocular and borderline binocular vision can make it hard to see without straining your eye muscles, and this can lead to headaches. Fortunately, the Eye Innovations team can diagnose and treat your monocular vision or borderline binocular vision with vision therapy and proper prescriptions.
The first and most important step is getting a comprehensive eye exam and discussing your headaches and other symptoms with your eye care providers at Eye Innovations. Until you see the eye care team, take care to avoid eye strain. Use plenty of light when reading, and try to keep screen time to a minimum, especially when you’re dealing with a headache.
The Eye Innovations team can update your prescription if needed and will help you make any necessary changes to treat headaches related to eye problems.
Use the online booking tool to request an appointment or call the Eye Innovations office nearest you to get help for eye-related headaches today.