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Can poor vision give you a headache?

Yes!  My wife had an experience with a series of headaches about 4 years ago.   We consulted with a neurologist who asked whether she had a recent eye exam.  She was convinced she had a brain tumor and did  not want to admit her eyes might be failing her.  Finally, she gave in, and received an eye exam.  Surprisingly she did have a mild loss of  vision.  At about two months of wearing  prescription glasses for reading and computer use  the headaches stopped.  Why did her headaches go away?
Most likely her  improvements were do to improved  posture and less compensation of leaning forward her see her computer monitor.  When a person is in this forward  head position it can cause excessive pressure to the upper cervical spine.  In some cases the upper  three  vertebral  segments of  neck  will then transmit pain messages to the brain that can cause pain in the upper neck and head leading a a cervical headache.
Since there are several types of headaches and it can be hard to tell whether you have cluster and migraine or a blend of both.  The only option is to start treating it as a cervical headache and see if the symptoms improve doesn’t have the possible systemic effects of medications.
Get a quick eye examination especially if it seems related to excessive reading or computer work.  The Wyckoff Orthopedic physical  therapists at Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation are experts in guiding you in this area of cervical spine treatment.  If the headaches are spinal in origin we may be able to guide you to a treatment plan that doesn’t require medications to control your everyday functioning.  Our goal at Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Wyckoff, NJ is to educate our patients so they may be as independent  as possible in managing their condition.
Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Wyckoff, NJ provides orthopedic and sports physical therapy services for the greater Ridgewood, Wyckoff, and Bergen County region.  This blog is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. The views expressed here are the author’s views and should be taken as suggestions. Always consult your doctor or healthcare practitioner before engaging in a physical therapy or rehabilitative program.

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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