Get Frequent Headaches? You May Have a Vision Problem

Dec 15, 2022 | Eye Health

At Clarin Eye Care Center and Coral Gables Eye Care, we understand that many of our patients experience headaches on a regular basis. In many cases, these headaches may be related to vision problems. In this blog post, we will explain the connection between headaches and vision and what you can do to find relief.

First, it is important to understand that headaches can be caused by a variety of factors, including stress, fatigue, and certain medical conditions. However, research has shown that certain types of headaches, such as migraines and tension headaches, can be triggered or worsened by problems with your vision.

If you experience regular headaches, it is important to have your vision evaluated by an eye doctor. During your exam, your doctor will check for common vision problems that can cause or contribute to headaches, such as:

Uncorrected refractive errors

If you have myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), or astigmatism, your eyes may have to work harder to focus, which can lead to headaches. Wearing glasses or contacts can correct these refractive errors and reduce the frequency and severity of headaches.

Digital eye strain

If you spend a lot of time staring at screens, reading, or performing other close-up tasks, you may experience eye strain. This can cause headaches as well as other symptoms such as blurred vision, dry eyes, and neck and shoulder pain. Your doctor will recommend taking frequent breaks, using proper lighting, and adjusting your screen settings to reduce eye strain and prevent headaches. 

Binocular vision dysfunction

Also known as convergence insufficiency, binocular vision dysfunction is a common condition that affects the way the eyes work together. It occurs when the eyes have difficulty aligning and focusing on objects at close distances, resulting in double vision or eye strain. While this condition can cause a range of symptoms, one of the most common is headaches.

To understand how binocular vision dysfunction can cause headaches, it is important to understand how the eyes work together. When we look at an object, our eyes work in tandem to focus on the object and create a single, three-dimensional image. This is known as binocular vision.

However, in individuals with binocular vision dysfunction, the eyes are unable to align properly, causing one or both eyes to turn inward or outward. This can result in double vision or the perception that there are two images instead of one. To compensate for this double vision, the brain may suppress one of the images, which can lead to eye strain and headaches.

In addition to headaches, individuals with binocular vision dysfunction may also experience other symptoms such as:

  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty reading or performing other close-up tasks
  • Eye strain and fatigue
  • Neck and shoulder pain

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see an eye doctor. During your exam, your doctor will check for signs of binocular vision dysfunction, such as misaligned eyes or difficulty focusing at close distances.

If your eye doctor determines that you have binocular vision dysfunction, they may recommend a range of treatment options, including glasses, prisms, or eye exercises, to help improve your eye alignment and focusing. In some cases, treatment can help to reduce or eliminate the headaches associated with binocular vision dysfunction.


If you are experiencing regular headaches, it is important to have your vision evaluated by an eye doctor. At Clarin Eye Care Center and Coral Gables Eye Care, our team of experienced optometrists can help identify any vision problems that may be contributing to your headaches and provide effective treatment to help you find relief. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.