Disclaimer: In this post I will suggest some things to help alleviate the pain of headaches you may experience after sight loss. However, please note that this is NOT intended to be professional, medical advice. If you headaches persist or cause you continued pain, please seek out a specialist in your area. Thank you!
After I lost my sight, I knew there would be a lost of adjustment that I would have to face. These things ranged from finding a good nights sleep to learning how to use the microwave. But, one thing I wasn't prepared for was the increased amount of headaches that I would experience. In considering it, however, it does make a lot of sense. I am using my remaining sight to help me experience certain things and this causes a great deal of eye strain. It sometimes feels like my eyes are constantly trying to focus on things which also causes a lot of problems.
Over the years, I have simply adapted to my eyes and head hurting on a regular basis. Now, please don't hear this as you are going to have a constant migraine for the rest of your life. That is simply not the case. But, with limited vision, the little sight you have left can get very overwhelmed.
Even though I have adapted to having this consistent headaches, I am always looking for ways to alleviate the pain. So, here are just a few tips to help you work through those annoying headaches and keep moving forward!
This is the obvious one that most people would recommended. Again, I am not a medical professional, so I am not going to tell you what to take. I will just say that certain medications can really do a great job of helping to overcome certain pain caused by eye strain. Make sure to ask your doctor on what might work the best and the side effects of each. After all, if my options are headache or going to the bathroom every five minutes, I think I can battle through.
This is something we as people just don't get enough of. We go, go, go and never slow down. And, this can be hard on not only the eye but many other parts of the body as well. Sometimes, we have to face it and just stop ourselves for a while. Something like taking a short nap during the day may be helpful. Also, taking a day off of work to not stare at a screen all day could be helpful as well. Regardless, taking time throughout the week to rest those eyes can make a big difference.
3. Screen Readers Over Magnification
I am a very visual person. That probably sounds odd since my vision has given out on me. But, I learn and take in the world in a very visual way. For example, if I visit a new website, I need to know the layout of the site so that it makes sense. For that reason, I use magnification as much as I can. However, getting up close to the screen and taking longer to read things can take a real toll on the eyes. So, whenever I can, I'll opt to use a screen reader and take in information that way. It might be a little more challenging, but it can help save a little eye strain in the process. Whether it is your computer, smartphone or tablet, take advantage of a screen reader whenever you can!
4. Close Your Eyes
Ok, this one might sound weird. But, so often, when we go from sighted to visually impaired, we struggle with identifying ourselves as a VIP. Therefore, we do our best to live our lives as we always did with our eyes wide open. We take in the world as a sighted person would. We do our best to react to things in a very sighted way. But, this can be extremely taxing on the little sight you have left. So, whenever you can, just close your eyes. If you are sitting at home listening to a movie with audio description, close your eyes. Maybe taking a car ride somewhere? Close your eyes. I understand it is hard from a psychological standpoint. I can't fully explain why, but we sit staring at the TV which we clearly can't see and never close our eyes. But, give your eyes a break for a little while. They are doing the best that they can!
Part of the Territory
Headaches are part of the package when it comes to sight loss. Your eyes are going to get strained from time to time. But, as someone who has been doing this for 15 plus years, I can let you know that it does get better. Your eyes adjust and learn to do what you need them to do. And, if you take the tips I've shared today, and others that work for you, I'm sure the number of intense headaches you experience will go down as time goes on.