What Causes Headache and Eye Strain

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Headache and eye strain can be from multi activities.

Such as:

  • Reading 
  • Computer work 
  • Continuous visual tasks

Headache and eye pressure problems can result from Glaucoma. 

Continuously focusing on anything for a period of time can put a strain on the ciliary muscle which is a ring of striated smooth muscle in the eye's middle layer that controls accommodation for viewing objects at varying distances.  This causes the eyes to get irritated and uncomfortable. By focusing the eyes on a distant object once in awhile that may keep a headache from starting.

Or it may indicate a trip to the eye doctor.

The strain caused by the different forms of astigmatism often causes headaches, and also a light insufficiency of the extra ocular ball muscles can give headaches in some people. What may be going on could be tension headaches and eye strain pain.


An ocular headache from eye strain is just about always bilateral, is rarely severe or comes with nausea or vomiting, and it's about always a daylight headache. If you have a headache that's not like this, most likely it's not an eye strain headache. 

There's also headaches and eye strain twitch.

This is caused by eye strain that can cause certain motor disturbances. Stress, and fatigue are the two most common reasons that you have eye strain.

 Although twitching can be severe, if it's due to just eye strain, it will usually quit after you rest the eyes. Call an eye doctor if the:

  • Upper eyelid droops 
  • Redness or swelling occurs 
  • Discharge is coming from the eye
  • Or the eye strain twitch closes the eyelid, and hangs around more than a week.

Headache and eye strain pressure may be from glaucoma.

Glaucoma is increased pressure in the eye, and can cause headache and eye pain. Over time glaucoma can damage the optic nerve and a loss of eye site occurs. Have regular eye exams to rule this out. ( I have Glaucoma in my right eye, and lost some of my vision before I realized what was going on. I didn't have any headache, although in people that are susceptible to headaches it can trigger them.)

Headache and eye strain floaters, and what causes these.

Most people have floaters in their field of vision. But here's the reason  headaches can occur from floaters. Most people don't notice them but if the eye floaters become a constant distraction and irritation, then trying to focus on them or moving your eyes around to see them can cause eye strain, thus encouraging headaches. See an optician about them and he will examine the back of the eye to determine what's going on.


A lack of b complex vitamins can cause itching, burning, bloodshot, and eyes that water to much.

Several of our pages are on the importance of vitamins  and the different symptoms that can be had due to deficiency of vitamins. Vitamin B-2 has been shown to reduce the incidence of floaters and halos around lights, or objects. 


Vitamin C also helps to lower ocular (eye pressure) and protect and strengthen the mucous membranes, including those of the eyes. Buy Vitamin C that has flavonglycosides in it. Don't forget, taking vitamins can also help headaches. So you can help the headaches and eye strain plus eye floaters at the same time.

Thanks for reading, we hope this answered your question.

Our last page is about migraines with aura. Those migraines can be frighting. Our next page is on a very severe, and possibilty a serious headache called a thunderclap headache. Home page from headache and eye strain.

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