Are My Headaches and Glasses Related?

For some people, headaches are a part of life when they wear glasses. It doesn’t have to be this way though. The fix for getting rid of eye-related headaches is usually fairly simple. The science behind these headaches is traced back to several different factors, including having the right prescription, eye strain, and lighting effects. These are all influenced in some way by glasses. Knowing how to fix the problem can save you a lot of pain in the future.

Having the Right Prescription

Eyesight changes a lot for reasons, but the most common reasons are:

  • Aging
  • Health conditions
  • Injury
  • Pregnancy
Getting regular eye checks helps prevent you from wearing an outdated prescription. Having the right one can reduce the amount of strain you are experiencing and eliminate headaches. Sometimes people have the right prescription, but don’t wear their glasses or contacts regularly. Another common scenario is misplacing or breaking the current prescription, so the individual just wears their old glasses instead. No matter what the reason is, wearing a prescription that is either too strong or too weak for your current needs can lead to headaches.

Eye Strain

People talk about eye strain all the time, but what does it mean? How serious is it? Asthenopia, the medical term for eye strain, happens when the muscles in your eyes are too tired. When there is no variety in depth perception for too long of a period, it can cause strain on different muscles within the eye. People who work on a computer all day tend to suffer from looking at something so close for so long, while someone on a road trip might get tired muscles from staring off in the distance for too long. Each range uses different muscles and they need to be alternated. Depth-related eye strain is very easy to fix on your own. Make sure you are looking at things at different depths of range at least a few times an hour. This gives your eyes the variety they need to switch out the different muscles. If you feel the strain causing a headache, take a break and go for a walk or go into a dark room for a few minutes. The eyes will naturally relax as you switch activities. If needed, a cool compress over the eyes can also help alleviate the pain.

Lighting Effects

Another type of strain that is common for those who wear glasses comes from odd lighting. The computer screen can strain eyes from the kind of constant light glaring off the glasses. It isn’t just computer screen light that can cause this; fluorescent lights and sunlight can cause problems too. The eyes prefer different forms of light and in varying amounts. The best way to fix these issues are by switching out your glasses. Adding an anti-glare filter, better coatings, or getting transition lenses can eliminate the eye strain too. As you start paying attention to what activities you are doing when the headaches start, you can more accurately pinpoint the cause. If you are suffering from headaches, we’d love to help you figure out if glasses are the cause. We can do an eye exam and make sure your prescription is right, the proper coatings are on, and that there are no other problems.