Headaches and Dental and Vision Health

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Everything from stress to sinus congestion, allergies to alcohol and hunger to hormones are said to serve as triggers for headaches and migraines. Some dental and eye health issues can also play a role in this not so pleasant pain.

Teeth grinding, jaw clenching and dental stress due to a bad bite or poorly aligned teeth can create muscle tension and result in headaches. Likewise, eyestrain caused by astigmatism (irregularly shaped cornea), hyperopia (farsightedness) and persbyopia (inability to focus on close objects) are known to cause headaches, as are eye diseases like glaucoma.

If you are experiencing headaches and suspect they might be caused by a dental or vision health issue, it is important to inform your dentist or eye doctor. They can help address and correct the issue, and as a result, the associated headaches should cease.

On the flip side, be aware that headaches are known to affect vision too. Migraine headaches can cause eye pain or sensitivity to light. According to the National Headache Foundation, 15-20 percent of migraine sufferers get what is known as an aura before a migraine headache. The aura can cause individuals to see flashing lights, dots, wavy lines or experience blind spots or tunnel vision.

Learn more about the significance of headache disorders and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment by visiting the American Migraine Foundation at www.americanmigrainefoundation.org or the Headache Foundation at www.headaches.org.

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