Headaches & Migraines

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                                                                                                                                  Headaches are one of the most common

                                                                                                                                  complaints in neurological practices, effecting

                                                                                                                                  approximately 25% of outpatient clients. Within

                                                                                                                                  this percentage, 90% of headaches are

                                                                                                                                  categorized as a primary headache disorder, in

                                                                                                                                  which there are no confirmatory tests and

                                                                                                                                  neuroimaging scans are normal¹.

 Headaches, including tension headaches, cluster headaches and migraines are a condition seen across numerous medical professions, including those of us in the visual sciences. And yet, by in large, they are still under-diagnosed, researched less and are often left under-treated by providers.

Evidence of oculo-visual problems in headache and migraine sufferers, particularly concerning asthenopia (eyestrain), as well as binocular vision anomalies, such reduced acuity, convergence insufficiency, reduced depth perception and even diplopia (double vision) have been determined in many cases. A comprehensive perceptual analysis can provide a formal diagnosis and when appropriate, can offer greater hope towards ameliorating or eliminating headaches.

Prevalence of Headaches & Migraines
The National Headache Foundation reports over 45 million Americans suffer from chronic, recurring headaches and of these, 28 million suffer from migraines. About 20% of children and adolescents are also said to experience headaches².

Treatment of Headaches & Migraines
Our office has a long history of examining and treating patients who experience headaches and migraines, utilizing yoked prism lenses and if warranted, a visual management program. For more information on our examination and treatment methods, please feel free to call our office.

References
Ravishankar K. The art of history-taking in a headache patient.
Journal of Indian Academy of Neurology. 2012, 15: 7-14.

National Headache Foundation
http://www.headaches.org/

Last Accessed: May 7, 2016

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