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To Ignore or Not to Ignore: Is Your Headache Due to Your Eyes’ Declining Vision?

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When you work hard or put a substantial amount of pressure on your eyes, you may get a muscle contraction which can eventually lead to a headache. Such headaches can cause pain in your eyes. The pain can spread from your temples to the forehead to the back of your neck or behind your eyes.  

You may find headaches, or other conditions causing pain in one or both eyes. Such pain may cause sensitivity to light and eye discomfort. So, a headache due to declining vision, or a poor eyesight causing headaches could be bad news for some individuals. 

Visions’ Declining Conditions Causing Headaches 

  1. Eye Strain 

It’s the simplest form of a headache that comes from excessive use of using the muscles of your eyes. This can lead to things like headaches and strain. Eye strain is a very common headache type in today’s high-tech world. 

This may come from small-screen text, excessive or persistent web browsing, or a computer screen where the images were not having sharp edges. All these make your eyes work hard to focus for a better vision, which often results in headaches 

  1. Hypermetropia 

A frontal headache is common, which is because of uncorrected farsightedness, which is also known as brow ache. In hypermetropia or farsightedness as you may call it, you need to pay extra attention to surrounding places and other things which can be tough and result in eye pressure. This will cause a headache and can get worse when you focus more to compensate for farsightedness. 

  1. Presbyopia 

This condition pops up around 40, when people felt difficulty in focusing or reading nearby objects, like a mobile screen. The nearby focus becomes difficult due to blurred images. This is inevitable, known as presbyopia. A reading glass will have a great impact to improve focus and reduce headache. 

  1. Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma  

Acute angle-closure glaucoma (AACG) causes headaches, in which eye pressure rises rapidly resulting in red eyes, pain, and a cloudy vision. One can have a sluggish pupil dilation.  

  1. Ocular Ischemic Syndrome 

This condition comes due to a lack of blood flow to the eye. This will give a weaker vision, headache and can give rise to cataracts, glaucoma, retinal hemorrhage, and iris neo-vascular which is the formation of weak blood vessels in the iris. It’s time to visit a doctor. 

White spots on the retina will complete the symptoms of low blood and oxygen. 

Headaches That Affect Vision 

There are two very common headaches that can affect your eye vision, migraine, and a cluster headache. 


This headache is about pain in and around your eyes. It’s like flashing lights or a snake-line shimmering light. In some cases, people also experience numbness or tingling in their skin. Vomiting and nausea are the primary symptoms of migraines. 

Cluster Headache 

Cluster headaches cause severe pain around the eyes that may travel to the neck and further down to the shoulders. The symptoms are red eyes, nasal drainage, and droopy eyelids, and maybe a change in pupil size. 


If you have a headache that may be affecting your vision or giving you abnormal symptoms, take the matter urgently with health service providers to know the cause and get medicine to get better as soon as possible. Needless to say, you should not ignore your declining eye vision, as it can give not only headaches but it can also decline your overall health due to persistent pains, fatigue, and anxiety. 

Written by Total Focus

At Total Focus Optometry, we’ve spent the last 70 years building meaningful relationships with our patients and their families. From routine eye exams to contact lens fittings we offer our patients a variety of services to meet their eye care needs.

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