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What Does a Headache Behind the Eyes Indicate?

Occasional headaches are normal, but headaches that cause pain behind your eyes can be especially hard to deal with. If you have headaches that cause pain behind your eyes every day or almost every day, it might be an indication of a serious underlying condition.

If your headaches are so severe that you cannot keep up with daily tasks, you should see your doctor.

This article will look at what it means to get a headache behind the eyes and how to get rid of it.


There are a number of medical conditions that can cause headaches behind the eyes. They include:

Scleritis is a condition that causes inflammation and pain in the white part of your eye, which is called the sclera. Scleritis is usually caused by an autoimmune disorder, but other causes include infection, injury, or a fungus or parasite. Untreated scleritis can cause vision loss and vascular disease. In terms of pain, scleritis causes tenderness and a deep, severe, aching pain in your eye. You may also feel pain in your jaw, face, or head.

Optic neuritis is inflammation of your optic nerve, which delivers messages from your eye to your brain and allows you to see things clearly. This irritation and inflammation of the optic nerve impair your vision because it interferes with the signals your eye sends to your brain.

Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes hyperthyroidism, which is the overproduction of thyroid hormones. Graves’ disease can lead to Graves’ ophthalmopathy. Along with pressure or pain in your eyes, other symptoms of Graves’ ophthalmopathy include bulging eyes, a gritty feeling in your eyes, and puffy or retracted eyelids. It may also cause light sensitivity, double vision, and vision loss.

Glaucoma, especially acute angle-closure glaucoma, causes pain behind the eyes. It can also cause a severe headache, eye redness, nausea, and vomiting. You are likely to have blurry vision and see halos around lights. Acute angle-closure is a medical emergency.

Many lifestyle habits can cause a headache behind your eyes, such as:

  • Not Getting Enough Sleep
  • Hunger
  • Drinking Alcohol
  • Smoking

A headache behind your eyes can also be caused by environmental factors such as strong smells and bright lights.


Being aware of your headache triggers will help you determine effective treatment and prevention methods. If pain behind your eyes is caused by a condition such as scleritis, optic neuritis, Graves’ Disease, or glaucoma, seeking treatment for it will make these headaches less frequent.

Limiting or eliminating substances like nicotine, alcohol, and caffeine will help you. Getting exercise regularly and eating healthy food will also help, along with over-the-counter pain medication.

One treatment option that is natural, safe, and quickly effective is IV (intravenous) vitamin therapy. It works faster than taking oral pain medications because the IV fluids do not need to go through your digestive system. You can schedule IV vitamin therapy online.

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