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How Your Glasses Or Contacts Are Causing Headaches

Eye Disorders

Have you ever had headaches after getting a new eyeglass prescription?

Have you ever wondered why you get those headaches? That is what we will explore in this article and some options besides surgery to improve your vision.  In order to understand what happens, we will be operating with the understanding that the bones of the head are capable of moving. More details on that later. Also it is important to understand that with vision, the eyeball will elongate or shorten based on whether you are looking at an object far away or close to you. This is so that the light rays converge at the back of the eye which is necessary for clear vision. People who are near-sighted or far-sighted are unable to have their eyeball change shape enough to adapt and have the light rays converge at the back of the eye appropriately.

How does the eye ball change its shape?

Anatomically, the shape of the eye is changed unconsciously by muscles attached to the eyeball, the extraocular muscles. These are very coordinated contractions that take place to produce

The extraocular muscles of the eye

The extraocular muscles of the eye

specific changes with the eye ball. If any of these muscles become strained or become dysfunctional, then the shape of the eye may become distorted and the light rays may not converge optimally on the back of the eye ball. In addition the sphenoid bone, which forms the back of the eye socket and serves as an attachment for most of the extraocular muscles, also rotates forward or backward to aid in the elongation or shortening of the eye ball. This may seem implausible, but living bone has pliability and adaptability. When the bone has to torque to adapt to problems with one eye or both, body wide changes may be produced instantly. Commonly a scoliotic pattern can be instantly produced in real time that will change simply by closing the eyes. Upon opening the eyes, the pattern will reappear. That is how one can tell if vision problems are the culprit. Therefore your vision strains can be causing strains and tension throughout your body including neck pain and back pain.

What About Your Glasses Or Contacts?

Your glasses or contacts may be too strong or too weak meaning light rays converge behind or in front of the back of the eyeball. This causes the extraocular muscles and the sphenoid to strain to adapt to where the light rays are converging. Even if you can see clearly with your prescription, it may be placing a lot of strain in the extraocular muscles and sphenoid bone to adapt to it. It is this strain that causes headaches when your vision is not clear and your prescription is off as well. Laser surgery of the eyes will cause the lights to converge on the back of the eye when it is in its strained state. Therefore, relaxing the strained muscles will not lead to clear vision because the eye has been altered anatomically. It will keep the eyes in a state of constant strain.

What can you do about it?

The simplest and cheapest option to improving your vision naturally is doing eye exercises. There are great resources and courses such as the Natural Clear Vision Course. In addition, a behavioral optometrist may do an intensive eye examination and determine customized exercises to help with what your vision problem may be. Lastly there are some osteopathic physicians trained to structurally treat the eye ball and determine a prescription that allows your eye muscles and sphenoid bone to stay as relaxed as possible.

 

Author Daniel Lopez, D.O.

Daniel Lopez, D.O. is a board-certified specialist in osteopathic manipulative medicine. He's the author of several books including "Unwinding the Body and Decoding the Messages of Pain: An In-Depth Look Into the World of Osteopathic Physicians and How They 'Magically' Use Their Hands For Healing." Dr. Lopez has also published an app titled "3D Osteopathic Cranial" in the Apple store and Google Play Store.

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