Are Headaches a Common Symptom of Bad Eyesight?

Are Headaches a Common Symptom of Bad Eyesight?

Many people experience headaches occasionally, and various factors can cause them. One common question that arises is whether bad eyesight can be a contributing factor to headaches. In this article, we will explore the relationship between headaches and bad eyesight, and whether or not one can be a symptom of the other.

Understanding the Connection

It is well known that eye strain can lead to headaches. When the eyes are overworked or strained, it can cause tension in the muscles around the eyes and in the forehead, leading to headaches. This is especially common in people who spend long hours staring at computer screens or other digital devices.

Furthermore, if you have an uncorrected refractive error, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, it can cause your eyes to work harder to focus, leading to eye strain and potentially, headaches.

Recognizing the Symptoms

If you are experiencing headaches and suspect that they may be related to your eyesight, it is important to pay attention to other symptoms that may indicate a problem with your vision. These can include:

  • Blurred or double vision
  • Difficulty focusing on objects
  • Eye fatigue
  • Squinting
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Seeing halos around lights

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms along with your headaches, it may be time to schedule an eye exam to determine if your eyesight is contributing to your discomfort.

Seeking Professional Help

If you are experiencing frequent headaches and suspect that they may be related to your eyesight, it is important to schedule an appointment with an eye care professional. An optometrist or ophthalmologist can perform a comprehensive eye exam to assess your vision and determine if you have any refractive errors or other issues that may be contributing to your headaches.

If it is determined that your headaches are indeed related to your eyesight, your eye care professional can prescribe corrective lenses, such as glasses or contact lenses, to help alleviate your symptoms. In some cases, vision therapy or other treatments may be recommended to address underlying issues that are contributing to your discomfort.

Preventing Eye-Related Headaches

There are several steps you can take to help prevent eye-related headaches. These include:

  • Taking regular breaks when using digital devices to give your eyes a rest
  • Ensuring that your workspace is well-lit and free from glare
  • Using proper lighting when reading or engaging in other close-up activities
  • Wearing the correct prescription lenses if you have a refractive error
  • Practicing good eye hygiene, such as blinking regularly and using lubricating eye drops if your eyes feel dry

By taking these steps, you can help reduce eye strain and potentially alleviate the headaches that may be associated with it.


In conclusion, headaches can indeed be a common symptom of bad eyesight. If you are experiencing frequent headaches and suspect that they may be related to your vision, it is important to seek professional help. An eye care professional can assess your vision and provide the necessary treatment to help alleviate your symptoms. By taking steps to prevent eye strain and practicing good eye hygiene, you can help reduce the likelihood of experiencing headaches related to your eyesight. Don’t suffer in silence – if you suspect that your headaches may be related to your vision, schedule an eye exam today.

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