Why contact lenses give me a headache


Headaches, more or less intense, are usually one of the most common conditions that affect us in our day to day. Depending on the moment and the way in which they appear, they can be very annoying and cause limitations to perform our daily functions, especially if we suffer this alteration constantly. Therefore, if they appear more and more frequently, we advise you to go to your doctor so that he can perform the necessary analyzes to discover their origin.

Why contact lenses give me a headache

In fact, headaches can have multiple causes and, in particular, in many cases they can be related to vision and eyes. The need to wear prescription lenses, dry or irritated eyes or even contact lenses or contact lenses can generate headaches of great intensity. Do you usually wear contact lenses? In we explain why contact lenses give me a headache.

Contact lenses and migraines: bad prescription of your contact lenses

Have you recently started wearing contact lenses and also started to suffer from headaches on a regular basis? Do you wonder “it's normal for my head to hurt with contact lenses? The answer is yes. It is quite possible that these discomforts are intimately related to the contact lenses you are using. In theory, if the contact lenses are properly cleaned, properly graduated, and you've learned how to put them on well, you shouldn't have any problems. If you get migraines, it may be from different causes.

One of the most common is an incorrect prescription of contact lenses. Sometimes, errors can occur at the time when the lack of vision is calculated, or when it is communicated to those in charge of the graduation, or even in the delivery of your new contact lenses.

The problem is that you are wearing contact lenses that may have a higher or lower prescription than you need, so you continue to suffer from vision problems and this generates the headaches that you probably already suffered before visiting your specialist. To end this problem, you should go back to your eye doctor to check if your contact lenses are right for you.

Another cause of contact lens headache: dry eye syndrome

Do you usually have dry eyes? It is quite common if you regularly wear contact lenses. This syndrome can be very bothersome, in addition to raising the risk of developing headaches. When we have dry eyes, the light generates greater discomfort, which causes us to be squinting continuously, in addition to forcing the view to see properly. If we maintain this situation for a while, the headache ends up appearing.

This syndrome appears more commonly in those people who use, either for work or leisure, the computer regularly or are exposed for long periods to screens, such as mobile devices or televisions. Contact lenses are one more factor, along with the use of screens, of suffering from dry eye syndrome and, therefore, headaches.

If you feel that this is your problem, this other article from on Home Remedies for Dry Eyes may also help you.

Dry contact lenses and headache

Do you think only your eyes can dry out? Contact lenses can also become dehydrated, especially when you wear them throughout the day. When they've been in your eyes for more than 12 hours, both your contact lenses and your eyes tend to become dehydrated. This means that the pressure around the eye area increases and this in turn can generate very annoying headaches.

That is why it is very important that you remember to remove your contact lenses if you have already exceeded 12 hours and, above all, always avoid sleeping with them, as it will generate many discomforts and irritations. It is also essential that you follow the instructions, both from the specialist and the manufacturer of the contact lenses, at the time of their care and maintenance.

If in addition to headache you have eye pain from contact lenses and you think it may be from sleeping with them, in this other article from we explain what happens if I sleep with contact lenses.

Allergy caused by contact lenses

Another reason why contact lenses give me a headache is related to allergies. If this is your first-time wearing contact lenses, different reactions can occur from your body. Think of it as a foreign element that you are introducing into a part of your body and may or may not accept it.

Symptoms of rejection of contact lenses

The use of contact lenses can generate more or less intense allergies, and one of the most common symptoms of these reactions is:

  • Headache
  • Eye irritation
  • Eye redness
  • Eye itching

We advise you to be aware of any symptoms if you are starting to wear contact lenses and, in case you feel eye and headache pain, or any other symptoms mentioned above, go to your specialist as soon as possible.


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