Are you experiencing dry eyes and migraines at the same time? This may not be an odd coincidence. In fact, there have been recent studies revealing a possible connection between the two.
According to a 2017 study in the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, patients with migraines are more likely to have dry eyes. The study also reveals that patients suffering more frequent migraines have a higher salt content in their tears, which further leads to dry eyes. What’s more, this link seems to strengthen with age, especially for female patients. Women in their sixties have twice the risk compared to men in the same age range.
You might want to have your eyes tested at your trusted local eye care center if you’re experiencing the following symptoms:
- Photophobia (sensitivity to light) or experiencing abnormal pain when your eyes are exposed to light. Reports indicate that about 80% of patients with migraines and a majority of people with dry eye syndrome suffer from light sensitivity.
- Eye Pain, especially the feeling that there’s an object inside, behind or around the eyes. You might also feel a gritty or burning sensation, or even excessive eye tearing.
Dry eyes and migraines also tend to follow those with sleep disorders, anxiety, fatigue, depression and other chronic pain conditions.
What to Do
If you’re experiencing symptoms of dry eye, you should consult your local eye doctor, Guilford Eye Center, promptly for an eye exam. Should we find that you have this condition via our extensive dry eye evaluations, we’ll guide you through our treatment procedures. These include the LipiFlow® Treatment process, which involves the use of thermal pulsation to remove gland blockage. This allows your eyes to produce the normal amount of lipids and deal with dry eye syndrome.
Turn to Guilford Eye Center for high-quality solutions for your eye care needs. We ensure a lifetime of clear, healthy eyesight with our exceptional products and treatment services. We serve the areas in and around High Point, NC. Call us today at (336) 292-4516, or fill out this form to schedule your appointment.