Eye pain or eye discomfort is not normal and should always be checked by your eye care professional. It is especially urgent if the pain comes with any of the following symptoms:
The location of the eye pain is a prime indicator of what the trouble might be. For instance, pain that feels like it is coming from within the eye or from the surface of the eye (the cornea), could indicate the following problems:
Any direct injury to the eye, such as being scratched by an animal, should be handled immediately by our office.
Eye pain coming from behind your eyes can often be attributed to either migraines or sinus pressure/infection. Although neither of these conditions are medical emergencies, they do need to be addressed, particularly if they are severe and recurring.
Pain emanating from around the eyes can signal any of the following:
A stye - This condition starts out resembling a pimple on your eyelid and can eventually cause the whole eyelid to swell.
Computer eye syndrome - Also called computer vision syndrome, this can be remedied by taking more rest breaks during work to refocus and relax your eyes, and setting up your workstation more ergonomically.
Optic neuropathy - This condition is very serious and can cause vision loss.
Contact our office immediately if you are experiencing eye pain. Prompt diagnosis and treatment can save your sight.