Do you experience both dry eyes and migraines? This may not be a coincidence. Research has revealed a link between these two conditions.
Learn about the connection between dry eyes and migraines from a local optometrist.
What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome is a condition caused by improper tear production and eye surface abnormalities. It usually develops due to increased salt content in your tears or decreased tear production. In some cases, dry eyes can develop due to an underlying medical condition, such as Sjögren’s syndrome–which can also cause migraines.
Migraines and Dry Eyes
People who suffer from dry eyes may experience burning, stinging, eye redness and a sensation that something is stuck in their eyes. Some experience difficulty wearing contact lenses and driving at night. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, make sure to visit your eye doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
A 2017 study that involved 34 patients found that people who experienced migraine aura were more likely to have dry eyes. Another study found that people with dry eyes tend to experience longer-lasting migraines. A study published in the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology discovered that people with more recurring migraines had more salt content in their tears. The more salt there is in your tears, the drier your eyes will be.
Most of the studies involving migraines and dry eyes had relatively small sample sizes, which means more research is needed to understand the link between migraines and dry eyes.
Experiencing discomfort or sudden changes in your vision? Visit your local eye doctor at Nova Vision Center. Call us at (703) 578-3600 or fill out our contact form to request an appointment. We assist patients in Alexandria, VA.