If you feel pain behind your eyes, there’s a good chance it could be a specific type of headache.
Certain injuries and medical conditions can cause blurred vision and headache, but migraine is the most common cause.
The following conditions can cause blurred vision and headaches at the same time.
- Migraines: These headaches often begin with pain around your eye and temple. They can spread to the back of your head. You might also have an aura, which can include visual signs like a halo or flashing lights that sometimes come before the pain starts.
- Cluster Headache: Cluster headaches are severe headaches that occur in clusters. They typically cause pain around the eyes. The pain often travels down the neck to include the shoulder
- Tension headaches: These are the most common types of headaches. They usually cause a dull pain on both sides of your head or across the front of your head, behind your eyes. Your shoulders and neck may also hurt. Tension headaches might last 20 minutes to a few hours.
- Cluster headaches: These cause severe pain around your eyes, often around just one eye. They usually come in groups. You may have several of them every day for weeks and then not have any for a year or more before they start again
- Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma: Acute angle-closure glaucoma (AACG) is a rare type of glaucoma that causes symptoms such as headaches, to suddenly appear.
- Ocular Ischemic Syndrome: Ocular ischemic syndrome (OIS) is a condition that develops due to a chronic lack of blood flow to the eye.
- Herpes Zoster: Also known as shingles, herpes zoster is known for causing headaches, vision changes, and severe pain around the head and eye. Herpes zoster is a reactivation of the chickenpox virus. It affects a single side of the body. A headache usually comes before an outbreak of painful skin blisters.
- Pseudotumor Cerebri: Pseudotumor cerebri is a condition that occurs when the pressure within the skull increases for no apparent reason. Pseudotumor cerebri is also referred to as idiopathic intracranial hypertension. “Idiopathic” means the cause isn’t known, and “hypertension” means high blood pressure.