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
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.