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Old 08-14-2008, 08:08 PM   #1
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Dry eyes??? Severe headache & eye pain

Hello.. about 3 months ago I started getting extreme headaches and eye pain. I went to an eye dr who diagnosed me with Accommodative Insufficiency (the inability to focus on objects up close when you're under age 40), even though I have absolutely no problem focusing up close (I am very nearsighted & wear contacts). He stated that even though I could still see up close I was inwardly struggling to focus & it was presenting w/ a headache. He prescribed me multifocal contacts & progressive lenses in my glasses, and after about 5 weeks of one thing after another working for a few days & then stopping working, I was given the highest "bifocal" prescription in my contacts & was pain-free for about 6 weeks. Now the pain has returned, & I went back to another Dr (same practice) for a 2nd opinion. She stated that she didn't think I had Accommodative Insufficiency at all and that the problem was possibly Dry Eyes. So now I am back in my original contacts & on eye drops. My question is has anyone ever experienced these symptoms.. and if it is dry eyes why would changing the prescription alleviate my symptoms even temporarily? I don't really trust that it is that; now I'm really skeptical of what the Dr's are telling me considering I've spent over $300 upgrading to multifocal contacts & glasses that it appears I don't even need. I don't have scratchy pain in my eyes or anything, just bad pressure & headache. Has anyone ever dealt with anything like this? It is really affecting my quality of life, being in pain constantly.

 
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Old 04-16-2010, 07:15 AM   #2
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Re: Dry eyes??? Severe headache & eye pain

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Hello.. about 3 months ago I started getting extreme headaches and eye pain. I went to an eye dr who diagnosed me with Accommodative Insufficiency (the inability to focus on objects up close when you're under age 40), even though I have absolutely no problem focusing up close (I am very nearsighted & wear contacts). He stated that even though I could still see up close I was inwardly struggling to focus & it was presenting w/ a headache. He prescribed me multifocal contacts & progressive lenses in my glasses, and after about 5 weeks of one thing after another working for a few days & then stopping working, I was given the highest "bifocal" prescription in my contacts & was pain-free for about 6 weeks. Now the pain has returned, & I went back to another Dr (same practice) for a 2nd opinion. She stated that she didn't think I had Accommodative Insufficiency at all and that the problem was possibly Dry Eyes. So now I am back in my original contacts & on eye drops. My question is has anyone ever experienced these symptoms.. and if it is dry eyes why would changing the prescription alleviate my symptoms even temporarily? I don't really trust that it is that; now I'm really skeptical of what the Dr's are telling me considering I've spent over $300 upgrading to multifocal contacts & glasses that it appears I don't even need. I don't have scratchy pain in my eyes or anything, just bad pressure & headache. Has anyone ever dealt with anything like this? It is really affecting my quality of life, being in pain constantly.

 
Old 04-16-2010, 07:17 AM   #3
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Re: Dry eyes??? Severe headache & eye pain

I too have had some issues with a low grade headache, like between the eyes in the lower forehead area. I've worn contacts for 25 years and recently the multi focals for about week. I know when I take them out and just wear my 3 yo glasses I don't have that feeling or sensation.

 
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