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What should I do if I have stopped wearing glasses and am now getting headaches?


Whether you wore glasses a long time ago as a child or you've worn them recently, vision-related headaches are not an uncommon problem. The good news is that there are a number of ways to approach the issue. These headaches can be caused by a number of factors, and the first step is to understand the root of the problem before addressing it. There is of course the possibility that the headaches are not caused by vision problems but rather another unrelated health issue.

Typically when headaches are related to vision problems the issue stems from eye strain. When the cornea and the lens of the eye don't work together as they should to focus on an object, the eye muscles must work harder to see clearly - this causes the strain that results in symptoms such as sore eyes, blurred vision and, commonly, headaches.

Eye strain and the resulting headache are usually caused by one of three common problems. Astigmatism is when the cornea is an irregular shape, which causes people with this condition to squint; hyperopia - or long sightedness - means the image is focused at the wrong place in the eye and presbyopia is when the lens and eye muscle, doesn't function as it should due to age. All of these causes can lead to headaches.If you have worn glasses previously and are now suffering from persistent headaches, vision issues could be to blame.

Many people will assume the vision problem is the same as the one they suffered in the past, and while this can be the case, it is sometimes incorrect. Our eyes change over time, so if you have worn glasses for one issue previously, it may be another issue causing headaches this time around.To best find a solution, book an appointment with your optometrist to determine the cause and best solution for your headaches.