Can Contact Lens Cause Headaches?

Can Contact Lens Cause Headaches?

Headache of any kind, mild or chronic is a source of pain and constant discomfort which doesn’t let you focus on anything and causes irritation. Vision problems have direct relation with the cause of headache and it is also found that incorrect visual aids like glasses or contact lenses can be the reason for that.

Glasses and contact lenses are frequently used for correction of the vision errors but faulty or low quality eye wears can cause discomfort, redness in eyes and prominent headache. In case of contact lenses, it is very popular because of its user friendly nature, design and comfort which also enhances your personality very well.

If you have started using contact lenses and getting headache then you should immediately contact your eye care provider as it can be the cause of your sudden onset of headache. Your eye doctor can clearly tell you if your headache is eye related or not and if it is eye related then what is the main reason for it.

There are many reasons for contact lens generated headache which are:

Faulty or incorrect prescription

Contact lenses are provided on the basis of prescription and if it turns out to be inaccurate then it is very much possible that you end up with lenses that are too strong or too weak or incorrect in some other way which will cause more damage to your vision and also lead to strain on eyes and headache.

Uncomfortable lenses

Some lenses dries out after several hours of use and starts shrinking which causes discomfort in eyes and headache. Try to notice the time of onset of your headache. If your headache starts early in the day or after wearing lenses for several hours then you must mention this to your eye doctor.

Dryness in eyes

Low moisture content in eyes can make your eyes sensitive to light which causes frequent squinting. Constant squinting can cause muscle tension and leads to headache. Use of contact lenses over dry eyes can cause discomfort in most of the cases. There can be many reasons for dry eyes which can be detected only by your eye doctor after a thorough eye examination. Your eye doctor can suggest artificial tear drops or other medications to treat this problem.

Computer vision syndrome

Users which spend many hours in front of computer screen are more likely to develop computer vision syndrome which causes dryness in eyes. Although, contact lenses doesn’t increase the risk of this syndrome but increased use of computers can cause dryness of your contact lenses which only add more discomfort to your eyes.

Sinus congestion or infection

Allergies or infection can cause blockage in sinuses which are located around and behind your eyes. Sometimes, if you don’t take care of your contact lenses or don’t clean them properly then it can cause infection which can lead to headache.

Onset of Presbyopia

People start losing the focusing ability with increasing age and need reading glasses. This condition is known as Presbyopia and it can also affect those people who are using contact lenses from several years. You can get headache with the gradual onset of this condition in your thirties and forties because your contact lenses may not be able to provide the required focus. This condition can greatly affected by the intensity and amount of your work especially if you have computer related work. Lighting, font size of the print and distance from screen can also affect the focusing ability and strain the eyes leading to headache.

Toric contact lenses

These lenses are used to correct astigmatism but these lenses rotate slightly on the eyes which cause a strain on the eyes resulting into headache. If you have astigmatism and you are getting headache after using these lenses then you must talk to your doctor immediately.

These are common reasons related with contact lens generated headache but only a good eye doctor can pin point the correct reason behind your headache and suggest you the appropriate treatment so consult your doctor now if you feel that your contact lenses are behind the pain in your head.

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