Blurry Vision and Headache

Blurry vision and headache are two common symptoms that frequently occur together and may indicate a variety of underlying health conditions. As an experienced local optometrist, Dr. Ikeda believes it's essential to offer in-depth information on this subject to promote the health and well-being of our community. In this in-depth discussion, we will explore the potential causes, prevalence, and treatment options for patients experiencing blurry vision and headache, as well as highlight the importance of scheduling a comprehensive eye examination with our qualified optometrist.

Blurry Vision and Headache in Bellflower

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Blurry Vision and Headache: A Closer Look


Studies have suggested a potential link between the two conditions. A 2018 study published in the Journal of Ophthalmology found that people with dry eye disease were more likely to report having migraines. Another study from 2019 published in Cornea found that dry eye symptoms were more severe in migraine sufferers.

However, it's important to note that these studies do not necessarily imply causation, but rather an association. It is unclear whether migraines cause dry eyes, dry eyes cause migraines, or if there is a common underlying factor causing both.

The prevalence of each condition can vary widely based on the specific population studied. Dry eye syndrome is estimated to affect about 5-50% of the adult population, depending on the criteria used to define it. Migraines are estimated to affect about 10-15% of the general population. However, the prevalence of having both conditions simultaneously is less clear and would need further research for a definitive answer.

Potential causes

Various factors can contribute to the simultaneous occurrence of blurry vision and headache. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Refractive errors: Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism can cause blurry vision, which may lead to eye strain and headache if left uncorrected.
  • Presbyopia: This age-related loss of near focusing ability can cause blurry vision when reading or performing close-up tasks, often leading to headaches. Learn more about presbyopia here.
  • Migraine: Visual disturbances, such as blurriness or seeing zigzag patterns, may accompany a migraine headache, affecting 12% of the U.S. population.
  • Eye strain: Prolonged screen time, inadequate lighting, or uncorrected vision problems can lead to eye strain, resulting in blurry vision and headache.
  • Dry eye syndrome: Insufficient tear production can cause blurry vision and discomfort, potentially triggering headaches. Learn more about dry eye syndrome here.
  • Binocular vision dysfunction: When the eyes don't work together properly, it can result in double or blurry vision, and headaches due to the extra effort required to maintain focus. Learn more about BVD here.

Serious health conditions: In some cases, blurry vision and headache may signal more severe issues, such as glaucoma, a brain tumor, or a stroke. Immediate medical attention is necessary if these symptoms appear suddenly, worsen rapidly, or are combined with other symptoms.

Diagnosing and Treating Blurry Vision and Headache

Comprehensive eye exam: A thorough examination by our qualified eye care professional is essential for accurately diagnosing the cause of blurry vision and headache. The exam typically includes a visual acuity test, refraction assessment, eye muscle evaluation, and a thorough inspection of the internal and external eye structures.

A deeper look into the visual system 

Depending on the outcome of the comprehensive eye exam our eye doctor may recommend additional testing to identify the underlying cause of your symptoms. Additional tests may include testing to identify how your eyes work together, how you process visual information, digital imaging of the eye, and dry eye tests. 

Treatment options

Depending on the cause, various treatments may be prescribed to alleviate blurry vision and headache, such as:

Eyeglasses or contact lenses: Correcting refractive errors can often resolve blurry vision and associated headaches.

Vision therapy: A personalized program of eye exercises may help improve binocular vision dysfunction and alleviate symptoms.

Dry eye treatment: For dry eye syndrome, our eye doctor may recommend a number of treatments from at home care to in office heating and expression of your eyes oil glands.

Medications: In the case of migraines, prescription medications may be prescribed to prevent or treat the headaches and associated visual disturbances.

Lifestyle changes: Reducing screen time, optimizing lighting conditions, and taking regular breaks can help minimize eye strain and related symptoms.

Medical intervention: In the rare event of a serious health condition, prompt medical attention and appropriate treatment are crucial to protect vision and overall health.

Blurry vision and headache are prevalent symptoms that may indicate various underlying conditions, ranging from simple refractive errors to severe health issues. Early detection and appropriate treatment are essential in managing these symptoms and safeguarding one's vision and well-being. By understanding the potential causes and available treatment options, you can take proactive steps to address blurry vision and headache.

Prevention and proactive care

Regular eye exams: Scheduling comprehensive eye exams every 1-2 years, or more frequently if advised by our optometrist, can help identify and address vision issues before they lead to blurry vision and headache.

Proper ergonomics: Ensuring a comfortable and ergonomic workspace with appropriate lighting can help reduce the risk of eye strain and associated symptoms.

Screen time management: Implementing the 20-20-20 rule (taking a 20-second break every 20 minutes to look at something 20 feet away) can help minimize digital eye strain.

Healthy lifestyle: Maintaining a balanced diet, staying hydrated, and getting regular exercise can promote overall eye health and help prevent vision-related issues.

Diagnosing and Treating Blurry Vision and Headache
Diagnosing and Treating Blurry Vision and Headache

Diagnosing and Treating Blurry Vision and Headache

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Schedule a Comprehensive Eye Exams for Blurry Vision and Headache

Don't let blurry vision and headache compromise your quality of life. At Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach, we are committed to providing the highest level of care for our patients. If you are experiencing blurry vision and headache, or if it's time for your regular eye examination, please contact our office at (562) 925-6591 to schedule an appointment. Our experienced team of eye care professionals will work diligently to identify the cause of your symptoms and provide personalized treatment options to help you see clearly and live comfortably. Remember, early intervention is key to preserving your vision and ensuring long-term eye health.

Patients with blurred vision visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading provider of comprehensive eye care services for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles.


I haven't actually used the optometrist side, so my review is limited to the vision therapy offered.  This office was recommended by my occupational therapist for the treatment of my double vision following a stroke.

Claire A.

Love this location. I had a brain injury accident from day one one. All the team make you feel you still important and hope in the horizon after when the medical system fell you miserably. Dr. Ikeda very professional and very understanding about your issue. Two tombs up.

Jim K.

My husband and I were immediately impressed with Dr Ikeda. I was hit by a car while cycling which caused broken bones and three brain injuries. The brain injuries caused double vision. Dr. Ikeda examined my eyes and got me started on vision therapy with his occupational therapist who specializes in vision therapy.  She (Chris) is absolutely great.  I am impressed with the array of tools used to help recover my binocular vision.  I am doing things I never thought were possible (balance boards etc).  Chris pushes me and keeps me motivated. I really enjoy my sessions with her.  The office staff is always friendly and they have a wonderful appointment reminder tool that makes it easy to keep my calendar up to date. I am happy the rehab center at Little Co. of Mary recommended them!!

Teresa S.

The Vision Therapy is handled in a separate office through a different door from the shared waiting room. Chris, the vision therapist, has a wide and varied assortment of tools, equipment and resources to best evaluate and treat most vision issues. After just a few visits, my double vision became easier to control, using exercises developed during the therapy process. It was time well-spent.

Joe M.

I have been coming here since I can remember. I love it here. The staff is so amazing and nice. They explain everything they gonna do and never make you feel rushed. Dr. Ikeda has always been my doctor and I would never want another one. He is the doctor for my whole family and is always asking how everyone is doing. I am also so crazy about picking out my frames and have to try so many and each person who helps me take the time and lets me try them all on. I would never want to go anywhere else! I definitely would recommend this office to anyone looking for a great eye doctor.

Kayla W.

This is not for the eye exam but for the frames selection portion. I brought my prescription from Kaiser here with my VSP insurance. The reception staff was very polite and professional.  Manny helped me to pick out frames and explain my coverage.  Very helpful and patient not like the individual at the other place I rated here on Yelp.  I was running late and he still helped me and was not bothered at all.  I am so glad I came here ..........very pleased.

Very professional staff and pleasant.

Daniel G.
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