Eye Matters
August 21, 2012
Tension headaches, sinus and eye related headaches

Last week we looked at the most common causes of headaches.

This week we will discuss tension headaches, sinus related headaches and eye related headaches.{{more}}

Tension headaches

As you may know, stress can cause headaches. They usually come in the form of tension headaches and they are one of the most common forms of headaches. Patients usually complain of feeling as if someone has clamped a vise around their head. Sometimes the pain can radiate from the muscles in the back of the neck to the sides of the head and often to the forehead.

People with migraine often have similar symptoms, making it difficult to distinguish between the two.

Normal pain relievers such as Advil, Tylenol and Aspirin help to control this type of headache.

Sinus related headaches

People with a history of sinusitis often complain of headaches. Did you know that the sinuses are closely related to the eyes?

The sinuses are empty air filled cavities located in the head. Most of them are located above, below, or next to the eyes. Some sinuses are in close proximity to the wall of the orbit (eye socket). This means that because of this closeness, any inflammation or infection of the sinuses can also cause an inflammation of the eye. That is why when people complain of eye pain, one has to make sure that it is not sinus related. A referral to the Ear Nose and Throat Specialist is recommended in such a situation.

Eye related headaches

Here is a list of some symptoms that can cause eye related headaches:

1. Tired Eyes — This is the computer age. It goes without saying that one could easily strain one’s eyes with continued use of the computer and TV. At the same time, if you notice that you fall asleep easily when trying to read, or you develop headaches, then an eye check-up is important.

2. Squinting — People who squint to read and also those who squint in the sunlight may be suffering from extreme glare sensitivity, which may cause headaches.

3. Blurry Vision — If you notice that you have problems focusing and your vision becomes blurry, you may be suffering from eye strain that could lead to headaches.

4. Over 40 years — If you are around the age of 40, you may be suffering from a condition called presbyopia. The focusing muscles in the eyes become weak, making it difficult to read, often causing headaches.

5. Double vision — Seeing two images instead of one is cause for concern, as it nearly always has something to do with the nervous system. It may be a symptom of a bigger, general problem.

6. Irritated or infected eyes. Headaches can occur if your eyes are often red, burning, feeling gritty and stinging, sometimes with discharge.

7. Wearing glasses with scratched lenses or the wrong prescription. This puts more strain on your eyes and can cause headaches.

Of course there are other symptoms, but take heed of those mentioned and get your eyes examined if you experience any of the above.

Next week we will discuss migraines, especially those that are triggered by the eyes.

Take care.