World Sight Day 2022: Throbbing Headache Could Be A Sign of Weak Eyesight

Do not ignore persistent headache as it is a potent sign of weakening eyesight. Read more details inside.

Chanchal Sengar
Written by: Chanchal SengarUpdated at: Oct 13, 2022 11:01 IST
World Sight Day 2022: Throbbing Headache Could Be A Sign of Weak Eyesight

We all have experienced  mild to moderate headaches at some point of time. And while a headache is rarely considered a medical emergency, you should not ignore a throbbing pain in your head. Especially, if it is something that affects your day-to-day activities and impacts your quality of life. A blurry vision can often be accompanied by a headache for a variety of reasons. This could be a sign that your eyes are overworked or they might be experiencing changes, which need to be evaluated further. This article will discuss certain vision problems that can trigger a headache and what you need to do to resolve the issue as told by Dr. Pranjit Bhowmik- Director Internal Medicine, Asian hospital, Faridabad.

A weak sight or other eye-related problems can cause headaches when you either overwork the eyes or struggle to maintain focus, causing an eye strain related headache. Here, you can often resolve the headache by correcting the vision problem or relaxing the eyes where required.

Eye Strain Related Headache

This kind of headache is a perfect example of overusing the focusing muscles of your eyes resulting in eye strain, followed by a throbbing pain in your head. Classic causes of eye strain headaches include staring  at screens for long, such as computers, laptops, cell phones, TV screens, and a host of other digital devices.

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As a result, eyes need to work harder and the eye muscles get tired resulting in a headache. The solution to this is fairly simple, take regular breaks when working in front of the screens to relax your eye muscles. Intermittently, wash your eyes and stay hydrated.

Headache Could Be A Sign of Weak Eyesight


An uncorrected farsightedness (hypermetropia) in adults and children will often result in frontal headache, also known as a brow ache.

If you are farsighted, you may have difficulty focusing on nearby objects resulting in eye strain and headaches. And as you try harder to compensate for your farsightedness, your eye muscles get strained more bringing out frequent headaches.

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It is a common condition seen in people around the age of 40, in which they have difficulty focusing on nearby objects. Regular activities like reading or threading a needle become difficult because of blurry eyes. Presbyopia affects everyone at some time and headaches begin to develop when you try to compensate for the lack of focusing power. Reading glasses come as a blessing and often relieve the underlying eye strain and associated headaches.

Headache A Sign of Weak Eyesight

Common risk factors for presbyopia include occupations that require detail or close-up work, exposure to sunlight for longer periods of time, and farsightedness.


Headaches may be triggered by vision problems among other reasons such as ocular ischemic syndrome (OIS), which develops because of a lack of blood flow to the eye. Some of these eye conditions may be serious and result in severe harm if left untreated.

Thus, it’s a good idea to visit your eye specialist if you are experiencing headaches and/or vision changes to rule out any serious conditions of the eye. Do not take your headache lightly. It could be a sign of something more than what meets the eye.

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