Eye Pain Causes, Treatment & Diagnosis

What Symptoms and Signs May Be Associated With Eye Pain?

Pain is a variable measure. Each person may interpret pain differently. Discomfort in the temple area or the forehead is often due to tensing of the facial muscles after use of the eyes for close work. This is commonly known as eye strain and is usually not associated with any eye disease.

Other symptoms often described by those experiencing pain in and around the eye include the following:

  • Partial or complete loss of vision
  • Extreme light sensitivity
  • Tearing
  • Double vision
  • Halos (colored circles or halos around lights)
  • New floaters (spots, strings, cobwebs, or shadows seen before the eyes)
  • Limitation of normal eye movement
  • Pain with movement of the eye in different directions
  • Sensation of flashes or streaks of light
  • Severe headache associated with eye pain

All of these symptoms should seek a prompt evaluation from an ophthalmologist or other medical professional.

A doctor or an ophthalmologist may see the following signs as evidence of eye problems:

  • Redness of the white of the eye (conjunctiva)
  • Chemosis (swelling of the conjunctiva)
  • Redness that flares out and surrounds the colored part of the eye (iris)
  • Irregular shape of the pupil
  • Bulging or protrusion of the eye
  • Swelling or redness of the surrounding eye tissue, including the eyelids
  • Blood or pus inside the front of the eye (over the colored part of the eye)
  • Eye discharge, excessive tearing, crusting, or eyelids stuck together (especially upon awakening)
  • A scratch to the cornea or eyeball
  • Tenderness of the inner corner of the eye or side of the nose
  • Hyphema (blood located within the anterior chamber [front] of the eye)
  • Proptosis (the eye appearing to bulge forward within the eye socket)
  • Limitation of movement of the eye

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