What’s to Blame for Your Eye Pain?

  • Posted on: Mar 15 2017
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Eye PainEye pain can take on many forms, from a stabbing, throbbing or burning pain to gritty, sharp or aching pain. Whatever the type of pain, one thing is for sure – it can be extremely uncomfortable. To understand what’s causing eye pain, it’s important to know that there are actually two categories: ocular pain and orbital pain.

Ocular pain involves the outer structure of your eye and can be caused by the following conditions:

  • Eyelid inflammation.Also known as blepharitis, this condition makes your eyelids red, itchy and swollen. It can also make your eyelashes look scaly, and debris along your eyelashes can cause your eyes to feel gritty and painful.
  • Pink eye. One of the most common eye problems, pink eye can be caused by a bacterial or viral infection. The eye appears pink or red (hence the name), and pain is usually mild.
  • This infection of the eyelid glands can cause pain across your eyelid. Inside your eyelid, a lump forms and becomes painful to the touch.
  • Corneal abrasion. Contact lenses are usually to blame for a scratched cornea which can cause pain or a feeling that something is in your eye.

Orbital pain is generally caused by a type of eye disease. It is usually a deep, dull ache behind the eye. The diseases that cause orbital pain include:

  • A migraine headache is typically paired with eye pain.
  • While this condition is usually painless, but orbital pain can occur if pressure builds up quickly.
  • Chemical burns, eye scratches or a blow to the eye can cause eye pain.
  • Iris inflammation.Termed iritis, this condition involves the inflammation of the colored part of the eye which can cause extreme pain and sensitivity to light.

Interested in Learning More About Causes of Eye Pain? Contact Shammas Eye Medical Center.
To schedule your screening, or for more information on dry eye syndrome, contact Shammas Eye Medical Center. We are located in Lynwood, Downey, La Habra and Whittier. We look forward to hearing from you!


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