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Could My Back, Neck and Eye Pain Be Related?

Does it sometimes feel like your neck, back and eyes have just spent an hour heavy lifting at the gym, when all you’ve done is sit at a computer or been out for a drive? These seemingly unrelated aches and pains may indeed be related.

Let’s try to understand this by digging a little deeper.

Activities That May Cause Eye Strain and Discomfort

Eye strain can occur for a number of reasons, but it’s usually a result of your eyes being overworked. Eye strain is especially common in people who spend an extended period of time on near-work activities such as reading, writing, looking at a computer, scrolling through phone messages or playing video games.

Eye strain from these activities can directly contribute to neck and back pain. That’s because people with tired eyes try to reduce their eye strain by tilting their head or neck, which results in poor posture. Leaning into a digital screen or craning your neck over a book may help you see better, but it’s a major cause of back, and neck soreness.

Vision and Eye Conditions

Vision and eye conditions that may contribute to back and neck pain include:

Binocular vision dysfunction (BVD)BVD is a common visual condition where even a slight misalignment of the eyes causes them to send two very different images to the brain, which then struggles to combine them into a single cohesive 3D image. BVD can cause eye strain, headaches, blurred vision and light sensitivity.People with BVD may compensate by tilting their heads in one direction or the other. While this can sometimes help them see a bit more clearly, their unusual head or neck position can cause muscle tension and soreness in the back, neck and shoulders.

Hyperopia and Presbyopia

Hyperopia (farsightedness) causes a person to see objects more clearly in the distance while nearby objects seem blurry. Presbyopia is age-related farsightedness that typically begins in a person’s 40’s. As we age, the lens of our eyes become stiffer and less flexible. This loss of flexibility makes it difficult to see close-up.Without vision correction like glasses or contact lenses, people with hyperopia or presbyopia strain their eyes to improve focus. This often results in headaches and tension in the neck.

If you’ve ever seen a farsighted person hold a book or phone at arm’s length to see the text, you’ll understand how extending one’s arms can place additional strain on arm muscles and lead to bad posture and back pain.

Neck and back muscle tension

Conversely, muscle tension in your neck and back can result in eye pain or the buildup of pain around the eyes.

Unconscious tensing of the muscles in the neck, upper back and shoulders can lead to muscle tension in the back of the skull. This, in turn, can cause headaches near or adjacent to the eye area.

For more information on how eye problems are connected to neck and back soreness, and how you may be able to prevent all three, contact in today!

At Lakeline Vision Source, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 512-918-3937 or book an appointment online to see one of our Cedar Park eye doctors.

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What can I do to prevent eye strain while working or playing on digital screens?

To prevent eye strain and associated neck, shoulder and back stiffness while working on computers or other devices, follow the “20-20-20” rule. Every 20 minutes look away from the screen at something at least 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds. This allows your eyes to rest from the near-work you’ve been doing. At the same time, consciously relax your back, neck and shoulder muscles.

If this doesn’t provide the relief you’re seeking, ask your eye doctor about computer glasses that help block glare and blue light.

What can I do to reduce eye strain from presbyopia and hyperopia?

Both of these conditions can be addressed using eyeglasses or contact lenses. These may sometimes only be required when focusing up close, such as while reading or using a computer.

When it comes to presbyopia, bifocals or multifocal glasses and contact lenses can all be excellent options. You may also speak to your eye doctor about the possibility of LASIK or other types of corrective surgery.

Are Your Eyes Causing Motion Sickness?

The Surprising Link Between Vision Issues & Motion Sickness

Do you often experience nausea, headaches, breaking out in a cold sweat or pallor as a result of riding in a boat or travelling in a car? Your eyes may be to blame for these miserable symptoms! Our Cedar Park eye doctor explains.

It Could Be Binocular Vision Dysfunction

Binocular vision dysfunction (BVD) can be the root of motion sickness. You can be born with BVD or it can be acquired as a result of traumatic brain injury (TBI) or concussions.

Basically, in this condition one eye has moved slightly out of alignment with the other, causing the images your eyes see to be slightly out of position. In order to resolve this discrepancy, the brain forces your eyes to align, which greatly stresses your eye muscles. Eye fatigue results, along with the associated symptoms of dizziness and nausea.

If you have motion sickness, you are experiencing a major disconnect between your brain and visual system. Your vestibular system senses that you are moving, but the visual input sent to your brain is reduced.

Treatment Options for Vision Issues & Motion Sickness

If you have a functional vision problem, our Cedar Park eye doctor can custom-design a treatment program to help alleviate your symptoms. Personalized treatment may include vision therapy exercises and customized lenses.

If you suspect that a vision issue is causing your “seasickness” and compromising your quality of life, we can help relieve your symptoms of nausea and dizziness. On average, our vision therapy is able to reduce symptoms by about 80% by the end of treatment. Reach out to our eye doctors in Cedar Park to schedule a specialized neurovisual eye exam and consultation.

At Lakeline Vision Source, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 512-918-3937 or book an appointment online to see one of our Cedar Park eye doctors.

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Did You Suffer a Concussion and Still Have Symptoms?

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Treatment for binocular vision dysfunction and post-concussive syndrome

Despite the way cartoon characters always bounce back from a clunk on the head, a concussion is really no joke. A concussion, also called a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), can lead to many disturbing symptoms. It is normal for headaches, loss of balance, dizziness and brain fog to last for up to three months. And up to 30% of all people who get a concussion experience post-concussive symptoms that persist much longer than three months. Often, this is due to a binocular vision dysfunction, which can be treated to relieve your discomfort. That’s why it is essential to visit an eye doctor!

At Lakeline Vision Source, our Cedar Park, Texas eye doctor has examined many patients with post-concussive symptoms and diagnosed a binocular vision dysfunction that was caused (or exacerbated) by the brain injury.

What is binocular vision dysfunction (BVD)?

Sometimes, your brain isn’t able to interpret the visual signals that are sent from your eyes – and your eyesight is affected negatively. For example, you may experience double vision. However, because your brain is resistant to accepting this double vision, it attempts to correct the problem by forcing your eye muscles to move back into their proper position. This places a huge strain on your eye muscles, which leads to a headache.

The stress on your small eye muscles may also cause them to twitch slightly, which conflicts with your vestibular system. Basically, your body can’t reconcile your quivering eyes with the fact that you’re not moving, and dizziness, problems with balance, and/or falling can occur. Our Cedar Park, Texas , eye doctor specializes in treating binocular vision dysfunction so your eye muscles can relax and realign correctly.

How is binocular vision dysfunction treated?

By adding prismatic lenses to a pair of eyeglasses, we can move images back into the right position. This removes the extra strain from your eye muscles, thereby resolving your blurred vision, headaches, and dizziness.

Find out if your eyes are causing your post-concussive symptoms – book an eye exam in Cedar Park, Texas

If you had a concussion and still suffer from the post-concussive syndrome, book an appointment with our qualified BVD specialist, our optometric team, at Lakeline Vision Source, to find out if you need treatment for a binocular vision dysfunction. We will meet with you in the comfort of our Cedar Park, Texas , eye care clinic to learn more about your symptoms and design the best treatment plan.


At Lakeline Vision Source, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 512-918-3937 or book an appointment online to see one of our Cedar Park eye doctors.

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