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Eye Pain

What is Eye Pain?

Eye pain is a very common problem characterized by burning, aching, throbbing or stabbing feeling in and around the eye.

Causes of Eye Pain

  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Burns in the eye, eye surgery
  • Glaucoma (damaged optic nerve)
  • Infection from foreign bodies
  • Sty (inflamed oil gland on the eyelid)
  • Migraine (recurrent moderate to severe headaches)
  • Sinus problems (inflamed bone cavities around the eyes)
  • Problems with your contact lenses.

Symptoms of Eye Pain 

Some symptoms associated with eye pain include:

  • Decreased vision
  • Discharge from the eye due to which the eye may become crusted shut
  • Headache
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Tearing
  • Reddening of the eyes,
  • Nausea or vomiting.

Diagnosis of Eye Pain

The cause of eye pain is diagnosed with:

  • A slit lamp test
  • Dilating your eyes with eye drops so that your doctor can look deep into the eye tissues
  • Assessment of high pressure of the eyes using a tonometer

Treatment for Eye Pain

Treatment of eye pain varies based on the underlying cause of the pain. Antibacterial, antiviral, steroid and antibiotic eye drops can be used to treat eye pain due to infections. If the pain is caused due to a sty, warm cloth compresses can be used to help heal. Sometimes resting your eyes such as using glasses for a few days instead of a contact lens may help relieve pain if it is not very severe.

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