Headaches and Smartphones

Headaches and Smartphones

Can smart phones trigger headache and migraine?  Yes, and here are some reasons why:

  • Sceen movement can “confuse the brain”.
  • Flicker and certain patterns are well-known migraine triggers.
  • Bright light and glare can trigger headache or make symptoms worse.
  • You blink less – which means dry and sore eyes.
  • Too much time on a smartphone could mean stiff, sore muscles.
  • Straining to read small fonts can lead to head/eye pain.


  • Look away, stretch, take breaks.
  • Dim the screen.
  • Use a magnifier/image stabilizer such as SuperVision+.
  • Consciously try to blink more often.
  • Try anti-migraine glasses like TheraSpecs.
  • Keep the screen clean and consider an anti-glare cover.
  • Increase the font size.

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