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Across the world, almost everyone has experienced a bad headache and knows the unpleasant symptoms that can come with it. Many have also faced migraines, which can cause dizziness, nausea and stomach pain - as well as impacting your vision.
Now that many people are working from home on a regular basis, there’s less regulation of working setups in terms of back support, distance from the screen, and comfortable space. Because of this, people may not be working under ideal conditions, making them more prone to headaches and general discomfort.
Headache queries usually formed roughly 80% of ‘the reason for visit’ for patients that I used to see in practice. When digging deeper into the headaches, the usual pattern was a dull ache which worsened as the day went on, or a pain that became more intense towards the end of the week across the front of the head and temples in particular. Looking further into this used to reveal the prolonged use of digital devices at work and at home.
Below are headaches affecting patients:
Uncommon eye issues from headaches
Not all headaches are isolated symptoms. Some may be indications of wider issues and it’s important to consult with your doctor or optometrist if you manifest additional symptoms.
These diagnosis include:
Treating headaches behind the eyes
While many general headaches can be treated with painkillers and over-the-counter medication, it’s best to take steps to prevent them before they arrive, particularly if you find yourself regularly experiencing headaches that aren’t as a result of a wider medical problem.
There are a number of ways to prevent and treat headaches:
Headaches may appear for a very wide range of reasons and are usually completely harmless beyond the pain inflicted. If you do encounter any symptoms out of the ordinary you should report it to a medical professional.
Roshni Patel BSC (Hons) MCOptom is an Optometrist and the Professional Services Manager at Lenstore. Patel is passionate about exploring efficiency in Optometry through the use of technology and is currently involved in research and innovation, both within and outside of the optical sector.