Help and frequently asked questions

Do I need glasses if I get headaches when reading and watching TV?


Most of us experience headaches in our lifetimes. These can be caused by a wide variety of things and may impact your vision. If you are at all concerned about your vision it is best to visit your optometrist for a check up. Headaches from activities such as reading and watching TV could indicate you need to get your prescription checked to make sure your lenses are the right strength for your eyes. However, there are some other triggers that could be causing your headaches.

What are the symptoms of eye strain?

If you spend a lot of time reading or watching TV, you could be at risk of eye strain, which could manifest itself in a headache. You will not notice any other changes in your vision, as this is the result of your eye muscles becoming fatigued. Alongside the headache, you might also notice your eyes feel itchy, tired and burning.

You may also notice mild tearing, dryness or blurring of vision. Some people also notice soreness in the back of the neck or tightness in the temples. While this is not a serious condition, it might pay to visit your optometrist as you may need to start wearing glasses or contact lenses. If you already have vision correction, it may need to be adjusted if eye strain is the result of wearing the wrong prescription.

What can I do to reduce the risk of eyestrain?

Bad posture has been linked to eyestrain, so improving this could help you reduce the likelihood of developing eye strain. Another factor linked to the development of eye strain is the glare caused by computers and other digital items such as smartphones and gaming consoles. In order to avoid this, you could try a polarised or anti-glare screen on your computer or tinted glasses or contact lenses. It is also important to take regular breaks when you are at the computer so your eyes can have time to rest.