Sometimes, a migraine headache or cluster headache may cause problems with your vision. But, did you know that your vision problems may also be causing your headache? There are a variety of eye conditions that may be related to your headache, and in order to have it properly diagnosed, you should visit your Reno optometrist. There, they can help you find solutions to alleviate painful headaches and improve your vision.
So, what types of vision problems cause headaches?
Eye strain occurs when your eyes overuse their focusing muscles in order to fully see. One common form of eye strain is called digital eye strain which is caused by small-screen texting and web browsing that displays words and images on a bright computer screen. Because computer screens show words and images in pixels, which don’t have well-defined edges, it’s harder for eyes to focus on them. While your eyes are trying to focus on the pixels that make up whatever is on the screen, your eye muscles are working harder to see clearly and the fatigue typically causes a headache.
Farsightedness is how optometrists describe someone who sees far away objects more clearly than objects that are close by. It may result in frontal headaches and brow aches which are caused by the eye muscles becoming fatigued from having to work harder to focus. For people who have a difficult time focusing on nearby objects, you may experience eye strain, pain around the eyes, or headache around the forehead. Luckily, farsightedness can be easily treated with corrective lenses such as prescription eyeglasses or contacts.
Presbyopia is also a form of farsightedness that occurs to people as they age. These folks will also have a difficult time focusing on nearby objects especially during near activities such as reading. Your eyes will start to compensate for the vision impairment by subconsciously focusing harder on these close by items which may result in a headache.
Giant Cell Arteritis (Temporal Arteritis)
Giant cell arteritis (GCA), is an inflammation of the arteries that run along the temple. It often creates a headache that causes constant throbbing pain in the temples. Likewise, vision problems typically occur due to a loss of blood supply to the optic nerve and retina. So, in this case, headaches aren’t caused by any vision problems, but both are a symptom of this condition. Because of the severity of GCA, it is considered a medical emergency. If the condition is left untreated, it may cause permanent vision loss in both eyes. Symptoms include:
Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma
Acute angle-closure glaucoma is a rare type of glaucoma that is caused by increased pressure within the eye. The rapid rise of eye pressure can cause a sudden onset of symptoms such as headaches, increased eye redness, eye pain, cloudy vision, and mid-dilated pupils.
This is a serious eye condition, so if you start to notice any eye pain, nausea or vomiting, or blurred vision, seek out immediate medical attention.
Ocular Ischemic Syndrome
Ocular ischemic syndrome is a condition that develops due to a chronic lack of blood flow to the eye. You may notice other signs or symptoms that could lead to developing this disorder, such as:
Optic Nerve Conditions
Optic nerves are actually part of the brain and they may become swollen if there is high pressure in the brain. There are a number of different reasons for the optic nerves to swell such as a brain tumor or pseudotumor cerebri, also called idiopathic intracranial hypertension, which is a disorder that produces high pressure in the brain but does not create a tumor. The condition generally affects young women and produces headaches that are concentrated around or behind the eyes. Also, there may be episodes of temporary vision loss, blurred vision, double vision or a whooshing sound in the ears.
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If you are suffering from headaches or vision problems, contact us today or stop by to see one of our many Nevada eye doctors. We will help find the solution that best suits your vision needs, and can catch any oncoming vision problems to prevent any further damage from occurring.
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