Many headaches are caused by eye strain, which can be alleviated by something as simple as adding task lighting to your work surface. On the other hand, some headaches are more serious and better suited for an appointment with Doc Brock, Orlando ophthalmologists at Magruder Laser Vision. Below are many visual disturbances that may induce headaches. Astigmatism In a perfect world, your eye has a smooth, relatively spherical surface which bends light to focus it onto the retina. Your eyes become astigmatic when irregularities in the structures of the eye which bend light cause the light to be focused in different places. These irregularities can cause headaches or eye strain symptoms.
Hyperopia and Myopia More commonly known as farsightedness and nearsightedness, these disorders are caused by your eye refusing the focus light on the macula, which is the region of the sharpest vision. Instead, your eye focuses light in front of or behind the macula, which can lead to symptoms of strain and trigger headaches to ensue.
Presbyopia Latin for “old vision”, presbyopia is a hardening of the lens which diminishes the eye’s ability to focus in a flexible manner, especially when objects are close. While this issue can be easily fixed by corrective glasses, some patients can’t be bothered to remember until after a long day of headaches and difficult reading.
Cataracts By the age of 70, over half of all Americans develop cataracts. Cataracts are caused by a buildup of protein on the lens of the eye, which is typically comprised of a healthy mix of water and proteins. If the world seems gauzy, lights are yellow, or your vision doubles, cataracts may be the culprit.
Glaucoma Your eye contains fluid to maintain its shape. Too much fluid or poorly drained fluid causes a build up within the eye which can damage the optic nerve. Angle closure glaucoma presents itself rapidly and causes blurred vision and headaches.
Your local Orlando ophthalmologist, Doc Brock, has decades of experience helping his patients regain the vision they had long before their headaches began. If your vision has recently changed, contact the specialists at Magruder at 407-843-5665. Click over to our blog page to learn about many of our procedures and the latest in technological advancements in eye care.