Eye pain can fall into one of two categories: ocular pain (occurs on the eye’s surface), and orbital pain (occurs within the eye). Eye pain is common; on the other hand, it might be a symptom of a serious condition. Most often, the pain resolves on its own, without the need of medicine or treatment. However, if the pain persists you should schedule an eye exam to determine the cause. Some conditions that cause eye pain may also cause problems that are more serious if they are not treated.
Some of the most common causes of eye pain include:
- Corneal abrasions
- Dry eye
- Eye Infections
- Contact lens discomfort
- Optic Neuritis
- Foreign Object
If you begin experiencing vision loss in addition to eye pain, this may be a sign of an emergency situation. It is very important to schedule an eye exam and go see your eye doctor immediately.
Other symptoms that need immediate medical attention include:
- unusually severe eye pain
- eye pain caused by trauma or exposure to a chemical or light
- abdominal pain and vomiting that accompanies eye pain
- pain so severe it’s impossible to touch the eye
- sudden and dramatic vision changes
The treatment for eye pain depends on the cause of the pain. If the pain is severe and causes an interruption to your day-to-day life, your doctor may prescribe a pain medicine to help ease the pain until the underlying condition is treated.
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