Eye Problems That Cause Headaches

If you get a lot of headaches, it might not be all in your head. In reality, your eyes could be causing your headaches. At Eye Physicians & Surgeons of Arizona, our eye doctor addresses your eye problems, so you can finally say goodbye to those painful headaches.


Many people suffer from headaches because they have astigmatism. This disorder occurs when the corneas aren’t the proper shape. You have to squint to focus when looking at objects, and that causes headaches. Fortunately, you can correct your astigmatism with corrective lenses. Once you start wearing glasses or contact lenses, you won’t have to squint any longer, so the headaches should go away.


If you have hyperopia, or farsightedness, you are likely to suffer from headaches. This is a common refractive error that makes it easy to see far off objects but difficult to focus on objects that are up close. Just like astigmatism, this condition can be treated with corrective lenses.


Nearsightedness, or myopia, is a condition that allows you to easily focus on items that are up close. At the same time, you will have a hard time focusing on objects that are far away. You will squint to see the objects, and that will cause you to experience headaches. You will need to get an eye exam and corrective lenses to fix this problem.


If the lens in your eye becomes inflexible and hard, your eye doctor will diagnose you with presbyopia. This condition makes it hard to focus, and that can lead to headaches. Your risk for getting presbyopia will increase as you age. Many patients are able to correct this problem through corrective lenses. As soon as they are able to see again, the headaches stop.


Glaucoma can also cause headaches. If you have glaucoma, your eye cannot drain fluid properly. This causes pressure to build up in the eye. This pressure damages the optic nerve over time. The vision will often blur from this, which will cause headaches. While there is not a cure for glaucoma, your eye doctor can treat the condition. The treatment will prevent the glaucoma from progressing. Once the glaucoma is under control, your headaches should go away.


Cataracts cause the eye’s lens to become cloudy. That cloudiness makes it hard to see. Your eyes have to work overtime to compensate for the vision problems, which can lead to headaches. Fortunately, cataract surgery will get rid of the cataracts, which will cause your headaches to finally go away.

If you suffer from headaches, you need to get to the root of the problem. Schedule an eye appointment with your Scottsdale eye doctor to see if your eyes are causing your headaches. If they are, fix the problem before it gets out of hand. Once your headaches go away, your quality of life will dramatically increase. You will suddenly be ready to participate in life like never before.

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