By: Carolina O. Polo
During this time a year, we like to invite our readers to take time for a bit of mindful reflection and tweak what might not be working well for them. This can be in your relationship, job, home, and health.
We're here to talk about headaches today. Specifically, headaches caused by vision problems.
It’s not uncommon for individuals who wear glasses or contacts to report headaches. Although some of these headaches need to be treated by a neurologist , some of them can be caused or triggered by problems with glasses or contacts, even with the right prescription.
If you are experiencing frequent headaches, here are 4 signs you might need to pay a visit to your optometrist before the end of the year:
1. Wrong Prescription
When investigating the cause of your headache, it’s important to check that the prescription for your eyeglasses is correct and up to date. Eye doctors often comment that a surprising number of people walk around with outdated prescriptions.
For those who wear contacts, sometimes errors are made in lens prescription. The result can be lenses that are either too strong or too weak, resulting in eye strain and headaches.
2. Poor Fit
For those who wear glasses, a poorly fitting eyeglass frame can also cause discomfort around the eyes, forehead, and temples. For those with contacts, poorly fitting lenses can start to dry out within hours, which causes them to tighten. This, in turn, causes discomfort and headaches.
3. Wrong Purpose
Another problem that can occur is when people use their glasses for purposes other than what has been prescribed. In such cases, your eyes pull “overtime duty” to compensate for blurred images. This might happen, for example, if you’re using your glasses when reading a computer monitor.
4. Eye Muscle Strain
Even when the prescription is correct, it can take a while to get used to the way your eye muscles are working with a new pair of glasses. The muscles in the eye continually adjust, and if they have trouble adjusting due to new and different demands caused by a new prescription, eye muscles can work too hard. This can cause pain around the eyes, forehead, and temples.
How to Avoid or Fix These Problems
For those with glasses, it can be frustrating when frames don’t fit properly. And it can be a hassle to force yourself to adjust to ever-changing prescriptions as your eyesight deteriorates year after year. Then there’s the occasional problem of getting a wrong prescription entirely. Re-visit your doctor to make sure you don’t need a new prescription. Test your glasses, and exchange them immediately if these are not the right fit.
Contacts may take time and effort for some people to wear. Take your time to clean and replace them in a timely manner.
An alternative to glasses and contacts could be laser eye surgery. This kind of surgery has corrected the vision of millions of people in the United States alone. More than 90 percent of these patients can easily pass a standard driver’s license eye test with no need for corrective lenses anymore.
Before 2018 comes along, make time to visit your eye doctor and put your health and well-being as your #1 priority! If you are considering laser surgery, ask your doctor for further information!
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Carolina O. Polo is a writer at the LasikPlus Surgeon Blog, where she covers eye health, eye care & technology. She currently lives between New York City and Miami.