Suffer from headaches? You might need glasses

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All of us get headaches every now and again.

But although it’s perfectly natural to experience headaches from time to time, if you find that you frequently get them or that any headache you do have are closely linked to certain activities such as reading or driving, it could be a sign of eye strain, which could mean that you need to start wearing glasses (or have your prescription changed).

So, what is eye strain?

As you might have guessed from the name, eye strain is a term which is frequently used to refer to a group of uncomfortable, and sometimes painful symptoms which are related to the overuse of the eyes, such as nonspecific soreness of the eyes, mild tearing or dryness, blurring of vision, soreness in the back of the neck and head and headaches being only a few of them.

Eye strain can be brought on by a range of factors, such as refractive errors in the eye, but more often than not, your eyes will be tired simply because they have been overworked, such as when you read for too long or look at your computer screen for an extended period of time.

Whilst eye strain is uncomfortable, and can bring on some unpleasant headaches, there is no evidence to suggest that eye strain causes any structural damage to the eye itself.

How can it be treated?

Even though it doesn’t cause any damage to your eyes, it’s a good idea to have an eye strain properly diagnosed and treated to help alleviate any discomfort experienced as a result of it.

There are a few things you can do to help reduce and manage your eye strain yourself, such as adjusting the lighting while reading, or increasing the resolution of your computer screen.

But if any of these fail to alleviate your eye strain, you should make an appointment with your nearest optometrist as you may need glasses, or a change in your current prescription to help correct the problem.

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