another. Be this from dazzling light, from foreign objects on the eyeball, or from eye-strain, it can be very uncomfortable. What is more, misusing your eyes and problems with your vision is a common cause of headaches. Your eyes can even be involved in the pain and disorientation of migraines. Often people reach for the pain pills when this happens, without actually attending to the cause of the issue. This simply makes things worse. Here are a few possible causes of eye pain and headaches, and some more natural solutions.
Your eyes are – rather obviously – situated in your head. They’re also intensively wired into both your brain and the muscles and nerves of your head. As such, things which put a strain on your eyes are likely to put a strain on the rest of your head as well. This frequently leads to headaches. Ongoing or burgeoning vision problems can cause such headaches, as can things like staring too long at screens, squinting into bright sunlight for extended periods, trying to focus in low-light conditions and so on. However, rather than solving the problem at the source, many people continue doing what they’re doing and treat only the symptoms. We’ve become too accustomed to the idea of pain-pills as cure-alls. In fact, they not only fail to solve the underlying issues, they can also be very dangerous in and of themselves. If you’ve got a headache which you suspect may be related to eye-strain, don’t just reach for a painkiller and carry on as you are. Rest or make an attempt to otherwise heal your eyes. If you don’t, you run the risk of actively damaging your eyesight, and setting yourself up for a lifetime of vision-related headaches.
Many migraines have a visual component. However, there is one kind of migraine which appears to be specifically related to the eyes. An ocular or ‘retinal’ migraine attacks the eyes in particular. While it may not be painful, it can be very distressing indeed. Symptoms vary, but can include temporary loss of vision, flashing lights across the eyes, slow darkening and brightening of vision, and more. Genetics are thought to have a role in causing them, but there are other known contributory factors. In general, doctors will recommend treating ocular migraines with a variety of drugs. However, when one looks at the causes (other than the genetic causes) of these migraines, one can see that there is much which can be done in a non-drugs related context to reduce the occurrences of ocular migraines. Contributory factors include:
Hormone-based birth control
Upside-down exercise (such as may occur during a yoga class)
Low blood sugars
If, therefore, one maintains a healthy lifestyle, takes pains to stay hydrated, keeps one’s blood sugars topped up (without overdoing it and becoming obese!), and rethinks birth control methods, the risk of suffering ocular migraines drops drastically.
Conjunctivitis is one of the most common sources of eye pain. ‘Conjunctivitis’ is an umbrella term covering various infections of the conjunctiva (the membrane which lines the eyelids and coats the eyeball). While the pain of conjunctivitis is often fairly mild, it can be quite uncomfortable. Sometimes, conjunctivitis is caused by infection following an injury to the delicate surface of the eyeball. In such cases, the eye may sting or ache. Contact lenses are, unfortunately, a common contributor to conjunctivitis. Not only can they scratch the cornea, they also harbor the kind of bacteria which love to fester in the conjunctiva. In general, not even doctors will prescribe drugs to treat conjunctivitis (unless they’re feeling really chem-happy). The best thing to do for inflamed conjunctiva is to rest your eyes as much as possible. Don’t patch up your eye – bacteria thrive in warm, dark, damp environments. Uncomfortable though it may seem, the best thing to do is to sit this one out and wait for your body to work its magic. If you want to speed the process up, eat plenty of healthy, immune-aiding foods, drink lots of water, get lots of sleep, and don’t go poking grubby fingers or lenses into your eyes!
These articles/posts are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.