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A 43-year-old member asked:

My eyes give me headaches because my vision is not clear. do i have cataracts?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Not usually: Cataracts don't typically cause headaches. Poor vision can lead to headaches due to eye strain, accommodative spasm (near vision issues), intermittent elevated eye pressure from narrow angle, etc. You should see an eye doctor because pain in around the eyes can be from many different causes. Blurry vision should be checked out.
Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Could be...: Many patients complain of headaches and blurred vision. Blurred vision may cause headaches, but other causes of headaches must be ruled out. See an eye doctor, and get checked for glasses. Then see your regular doctor to check out the headaches, especially if they are increasing in severity, or if you wake up with them.
Dr. James Marx
Dr. James Marx commented
Pain Management 49 years experience
Also be sure to get checked out for diabetes
Feb 7, 2012
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Most likely not: Most likely you have far sightedness or astigmatism that makes your vision not clear. The stain from your eyes trying to adjust and make the vision clear causes the headaches.

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