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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  • Olwethu Jul 11, 2017

    Hi!! i’ve been suffering from headache and eye strain for more than 4weeks now,i went to an eye doctor she said my eyes are sensitive to light,then she gave me tinted glasses..bt its been hard for me to wear them my eyes sore headache is there also.should i continue wearing them or stop

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