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Can Contacts Cause Headaches?

By Annie – September 15, 2020

While contact lenses can help you temporarily correct your vision, those who wear them may experience several issues, including painful chronic headaches. But how do contact lenses cause headaches, and what can you do to stop it?

Read this guide for everything you need to know about contact lenses and headaches to find out.

How Can Contact Lenses Cause Headaches

Many different things can cause your contact lenses to give you a headache. However, one of the most common reasons for the pain is eye strain. When you’re in front of a computer, or if you’re wearing the wrong prescription, your eyes can struggle to see clearly, causing severe eye strain and even headaches.

Those with astigmatism may experience problems when wearing contacts, as well. That’s because contact lenses for astigmatism tend to rotate slightly in the eye. This can cause issues with your eyesight. After a few hours, your eyes will start to strain, and your head could start to hurt.

Headaches can also be common for contact wearers who start to develop presbyopia. Presbyopia is a condition that causes increased difficulty focusing on nearby objects as you age. As your vision worsens, your contacts won’t be able to correct your vision as needed. This makes your eyes work harder to see clearly.

How to Stop Headaches from Contact Lenses

Headaches when wearing contacts are common, but there are many different ways to help stop it or prevent it. If your head starts to hurt when you have contact lenses in, you’ll want to talk to your eye doctor and schedule an exam, as this could be a result of wearing the wrong prescription. Once you get your new prescription and get new contacts, you should be able to see clearly without the headaches. If you’re farsighted or dealing with presbyopia, getting a pair of reading glasses can help.

While these options can provide relief, they are not permanent solutions. If you’re looking to stop the headaches permanently, you may want to consider getting LASIK eye surgery. LASIK is a quick and easy vision correction solution that can help you get rid of your contact lenses and the headaches that may come along with it once and for all.

The entire procedure is about 10 minutes for each eye, and patients may start to notice the difference in just a short amount of time. In fact, many LASIK and vision correction patients even see improvements in vision the morning after their surgery.

Wearing contact lenses can be helpful, but the headaches that can come with them can be an issue. Fortunately, LASIK can put an end to them. For more information about LASIK and other vision correction solutions, schedule a consultation at Ludwick Eye Center today.

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