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Headaches & Migraines
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) can include photosensitivity and auras 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, specialized tints and if warranted, a visual management program. For more information on our examination and treatment methods, please feel free to call our office.
Ravishankar K. The art of history-taking in a headache patient. Journal of Indian Academy of Neurology. 2012, 15: 7-14.
National Headache Foundation
Last Accessed: May 7, 2016