Thursday, 18 January 2018

7 Causes,Treatment And Warnings Of Eye Pain - Stop Eye Pain


Eye pain is often described as burning, sharp, shooting, dull, gritty, a feeling of "something in my eye," aching, pressure, throbbing, or stabbing. Sometimes pain originating from the eye is confused with other symptoms, such as a headache , sinus pain, toothache , or a migraine . Eye pain is a common reason for people to seek medical care from their doctor (or an ophthalmologist, a medical doctor specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases).

Symptoms Of Eye Pain
With eye pain, there may be other symptoms too, which may help diagnose the cause of the discomfort. These include:

  • Conjunctivitis - red itchy eyes
  • Tears
  • Light sensitivity (photophobia)
  • Discharge, which can be clear, or thick and coloured (pus)
  • The eye being crusted shut after sleep due to discharge
  • Foreign body sensation - the feeling that something is in the eye, whether or not anything actually is
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Decreased vision
  • Headache

Causes Of Eye Pain


  • Corneal abrasions and corneal ulcerations are also common conditions that cause eye pain. The cornea is the transparent surface of the eye. Abrasions occur from scratches to the surface of the cornea, such as from trauma , a foreign body in the eye or overuse of contact lenses . Ulcerations occur from infections or abrasions. Foreign bodies, usually located on the cornea or in the conjunctiva, are objects or materials that give the sensation that something is in eye. Foreign bodies produce eye pain similar to that of corneal abrasions.
  • Chemical burns and flash burns are significant causes of eye pain. Chemical burns come from eye exposure to acid or alkaline substances, such as household cleaners or bleach. Flash burns occur from intense light sources, such as arc welding or the ultraviolet rays of tanning booths, when improper eye protection is worn. Even an intense sunny day can cause a corneal flash burn
  • Sinusitis, which is a bacterial or viral infection of the sinuses, can cause a sensation of orbital or eye socket pain. Pain coming from the sinus cavities can be interpreted as eye pain.
  • Acute angle closure glaucoma can cause orbital pain, although most cases of glaucoma are of the open-angle variety and are painless. Glaucoma is caused by an increase in intraocular pressure , or internal eye pressure, which can ultimately lead to defects in vision and even blindness if left untreated. Intraocular pressure can increase because of a blockage of outflow or increased production of aqueous humor (the fluid that bathes the inner eye). This is typically seen in older adults. 
  • Traumatic events, such as a penetrating injury to the eye, a blow to the eye with a foreign object, and motor-vehicle collisions, are causes of significant eye pain and injury. Scratches to the cornea typically associated with traumatic events are very painful. These are common eye problems that lead people to seek medical attention.
  • Migraines are a very common cause of orbital eye pain associated with headaches .
  • Tooth pain resulting from problems with the upper teeth may present as pain in the orbit or below the eye.
  • Conjunctivitis is one of the most common eye problems, Conjunctivitis can be an allergic, bacterial, chemical, or viral inflammation of the conjunctiva (the delicate membrane lining the eyelid and covering the eyeball). Pinkeye is a nonmedical term usually referring to a viral conjunctivitis, because the conjunctiva gets inflamed and turns a pinkish color. Pain is usually mild with conjunctivitis, or there is no pain at all. Itching, redness, and drainage are typical symptoms and signs associated with conjunctivitis.

Any Treatments?

It’s really important to see your eye specialist or doctor if you encounter eye pain, especially if the pain does not subside. While it’s unlikely your sore eyes will be a symptom of a very serious condition, it’s still a possibility, and you should get an expert diagnosis. Treatments obviously depend on the cause, and can be as simple as using eye drops or compresses for dry eyes and allergies, to medication and surgery for more serious eye conditions.

If you experience sudden eye pain combined with blurred vision, haloes around lights, nausea or vomiting, it could be symptom of acute closed-angle glaucoma. This is a medical emergency, and you should seek medical attention straight away.


Author: Richard Smith