Headaches and Eyestrain - Everything You Need to Know

Eyestrain is a common symptom that occurs when your eyes get tired from intense use, such as staring at a computer screen for a long period of time, reading or driving. You may experience headaches or itchy, sore, watery eyes.


What can be done to prevent headaches as a result of eyestrain?



You may require a new strength prescription


Getting regular headaches is a common way of discovering you need glasses - or if you already wear glasses, that you need a new prescription.


Your eyes may be straining to make sense of the slightly poorer image you are receiving. In which case, you may need your spectacle (or contact lens) prescription adjusted or require a coating on your glasses to reduce distracting glare.


Your frames may need readjusting


When you first go to the opticians, your glasses will be expertly fitted. Over the course of time, frames can become misshapen.


As soon as the frames stop fitting your face in the way it was intended, the lenses won’t be positioned in the correct place, to give a clear focus. This causes your eyes to strain and inevitably, lead to headaches.


You may need a specific type of lens depending on your lifestyle


If you do a lot of screen work, then make sure you have the correct 'occupational' glasses for the job, or you may experience eyestrain, tired eyes and headaches.



If you are long-sighted, remembering to wear your glasses for close up work will help to reduce headaches and other symptoms.


Your glasses may not provide enough sun protection


You may be suffering from eyestrain because your sunglasses are not filtering enough of the sunlight. Switching to a polarising lens will help and prevent headaches.


How to prevent headaches


Whether you need your first pair of glasses, a new prescription or fresh style, our trained dispensing opticians will make sure you get the right prescription to prevent headaches.


Book a free consultation at your local branch to get the right prescription and a comfortable fit.