Pain behind the eye can be distracting and sometimes sharply painful. It may take the form of a headache, a dull ache, or even an intense, localized jolt of pain. Sometimes it’s accompanied by light sensitivity, pain when you move your eye, redness, and tearing. Eye pain can be a symptom of any number of things. Here are a few more common possible causes for your eye pain:
AN UNDIAGNOSED VISION PROBLEM
Eye pain is often a symptom of a vision problem, such as nearsightedness and farsightedness. If your eyes are constantly trying to compensate for poor vision, they get fatigued causing a headache or pain behind the eye. If you think you might have an undiagnosed vision problem contributing to your eye pain, schedule an eye exam with a Dallas optometrist today.
Migraines often manifest themselves behind one or both eyes. They can be brought on by stress, flashing lights, allergic reactions, abnormal hormone levels, and other triggers.
A cluster headache typically appears suddenly and reoccurs several times within a single day, often in a pattern. The cluster pattern can last for days or even months, and then go away just as abruptly.
Inflammation in the sinuses can contribute to eye pain, since the sinus cavities surround much of the eyeball socket.
Dry eye symptoms, which usually affect the front of the eye, can sometimes spread to the back of eye, causing pain and headaches.
WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR OR OPTOMETRIST
Only optometrists can diagnose vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia, or astigmatism. Problems that affect more than your vision may require the attention of a family practice doctor or specialist. Contact us today for an optometrist in Dallas. Photo credit: http://pixabay.com/en/people-cover-cry-desperate-314481/