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Causes of Eye Pain

Your eyes are the most sensitive organs of your body and require proper care so that you don’t face any kind of problem. When people experience eye pain at some point of time, initially they try home remedies like washing eyes with cold water etc. to get rid of their pain. Many times they get relief and don’t need to make a visit to doctor but when your eye pain persists for a longer duration of time; you must see an eye specialist because that can be a sign of some serious problem.

Causes of eye pain

Eye pain mainly falls in two categories depending on the area where you feel the pain. In case, there is pain on the surface of your eye then it is known as ocular pain which causes itching, burning and scratching sensation and is generally treated with eye drops. When pain occurs deep inside your eyes, it is referred to as orbital pain. One feels severe pain, discomfort, gritty and stabbing sensation that requires proper treatment by the eye specialist. In case, one experiences blurred vision along with eye pain then it means his condition is severe and needs immediate medical attention.

One may feel pain in his eye due to a number of reasons:

  • Presence of foreign object: Whenever there is a foreign object in your eyes (dirt, piece of eye liner, eye lash etc), you may feel ache, redness, teary eyes and soreness.
  • Conjunctivitis: Your eyes have a tissue that lines its front and underside of eyelid. It is known as conjunctiva and gets inflamed due to some allergy resulting in redness, prickling sensation and discharge from your eye.
  • Irritation due to contact lens: People who wear their contact lens without disinfecting them properly are more prone to fall prey to eye infections.
  • Injury: When your eyes are exposed to some kind of irritants like bleach, sun rays, tanning booths or arc welding, it causes chemical burns or flash burns resulting in severe pain & discomfort.
  • Blepharitis: At times, infection occurs in the oil glands present on the corner of your eyelid. This medical condition is known as Blepharitis and causes a lot of pain.
  • Sty: When there is Blepharitis infection in your eye and it further causes a bump on your eyelid, it is known as sty.
  • Glaucoma: When pressure inside your eyes rises, it causes severe pain, nausea, headache and blurred vision.
  • Optic Neuritis: When your optic nerve that connects your back of eyeball to brain gets inflamed due to bacterial infection, it leads to pain along with vision loss.
  • Sinusitis & Migraine: Both medical conditions cause severe pain in the eyes.