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Pain Behind My Eye: What can cause a pain behind one eye?

By: Mark Castleden

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Pain behind the eye

How to deal with eye pain:
Pain behind the eyes may be a symptom of different types of headaches. The more common cause for pain behind the eyes are dry eyes and sinusitis but there are other causes to your pain behind your eye.
Eye pain can be a very uncomfortable feeling and if you're experiencing pain behind one eye, you should consider seeking medical attention.

How to Relieve Eye Pain?

How to get rid of pain behind eye? I  have a pain behind one eye that has lasted for about a month. What's causing pain behind eye?

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There can be many causes for pain occurring behind the eyes. The more common include: sinusitis, dry eyes, orbital inflammatory syndrome, scleritis, optic neuritis, and cranial nerve palsy.

Sinusitis: this is an inflammation (generally an infection) of the sinuses. The ethmoidal and

sphenoidal sinuses are usually involved. The pain is very similar to a headache and can worsen with certain head movements. A CT scan is often needed to confirm this, but it can often be diagnosed by a good history and exam by your doctor. Treatment requires antibiotics for about 10-21 days.

Dry eyes: This is an extremely common problem. Symptoms can include sharp, stabbing pains as well as chronic scratchiness and burning. Treatment generally starts with artificial tears, which can be bought at any grocery or drugstore. Preserved brands (i.e. those containing a preservative) may be used up to 6 times a day. Non-preserved brands may be used as often as needed. Some patients require a procedure to block the tear duct drainage openings, so tear fluid stays longer in the eye. Some patients have very watery eyes despite an underlying dry eye condition. Your ophthalmologist can do tests to determine if this is a cause of your eye pain..

Orbital inflammatory syndrome: this is an idiopathic (i.e. cause unknown) inflammation of the muscles or other contents of the orbit (eye socket). It requires a CT scan for diagnosis, and steroids for treatment.

Scleritis: this is an inflammatory condition that generally causes red eyes and pain. It's usually associated with another, generalized disorder, such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or shingles. If your eyes have not been red, then this condition is unlikely. Treatment involves the use of steroids and the use of anti-inflammatory medications.

Optic neuritis: this serious inflammatory condition can affect the nerve to the eye as well as the muscles that lie close to the optic nerve. Generally, the vision becomes blurry and sometimes color perception problems will be noticed. It responds to steroid injections, but can recur and may be a precursor for multiple sclerosis.

Cranial nerve palsies: these may be due to interference with the blood supply to the nerves serving the muscles that control the eyes. They can be quite painful. Generally patients will also suffer from double vision in addition to eye and head pain. Diabetics and patients with high blood pressure are at highest risk for this condition.

One must also mention headache and neuralgia-type disorders that can cause pain around the eyes. You should see an ophthalmologist or a neurologist, in the first instance.

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Anonymous wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

This can be caused by many of the above instigators. But I had this pain and it was optic neuritis. Does it hurt to move the eye from side to side? Does it feel like there is pressure behind the eye pushing it forward? You really need to go to the doctor ASAP. You only get a pair of eyes...
Prayers for you.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

i have pain behind my right eye, severe head aches, a swollen right eye, and pain in my temple. what is this?

Anonymous wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

I have these exact symptoms too, pain just behind the right eye and sometimes its painfin AROUND the eye. I get it on and off, sometimes with a few months with no pain but when the pain comes it lasts for days usually. It normally starts off really mild and gets really bad. I have had my eyes tested 4 times in the last 2 years and everytime they say my eyesight is perfect. I have had the problem for over 2 years and I'm getting sick of it. I've been to my doctor a couple of times about it and he has sent me away with just painkillers everytime to be honest he makes me feel a nuisance. I would have gone to my doctor more over the last 2 years if it was a persistant pain but it's not. I have thought about it being my sinuses but its just in one eye and my nose is never blocked or anything when I get the pain. I'm only 23. Has anyone any ideas?

Anonymous wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Me too.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

i have pian dry my eye and headace and ear

Anonymous wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

I'm not sure, but I have the same symptoms

Anonymous wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

I have a sharp stabbing pain in the left eye and in the left side of my head, my nose hurts inside and my scalp bothers me on the left side. what could this be?

Anonymous wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I have pain in my left eye. I had it a few times over the years. Like, I have it for a week, then it stops. A year later, it starts up again. This time, it's been going on for a long time now. My Mom said maybe I should wear a hat, or sunglasses, because it's really sunny outside. I tried that, and it didn't exactly work. I'm a kid here, and I don't exactly WANT to go to the doctor, with the eye problem. Is there any medication that you can buy and a drugstore or something, that will help take the pain away?

Anonymous wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

I've had pain in my left eye for 3 months now, with a throbing pain. Went to see a opthamologist, who told me its because i have dry eyes and blepharitis. Its been a month now since i saw the doctor, my blepharitis has cleared up and my dry eyes are under control now however i still have this sever pain in my left eye. I have this theory that my smoking may be a cause of it, because i notice if i miss a day of smoking the pain does subside abit and gets worse again when i have a ciggie the next day. ???

Anonymous wrote 1 year 51 weeks ago

Here is what I did and I prey my suggestion works for you. I went to 50million people looking for an answer it almost became an obsession as far as finding out why I had pain in my eye region and in my neck as I was feeling really ill. Im talking like all day all night pain. I had a cyst on my maxillary sinus(but that was too common to be the problem so they say), I had a bad tooth on that side below that cyst so I figured it was that. I never went back to see if that cyst went away though i wonder til this day. Anyhow, When you go so long searching believe me i know how you feel and it really sucks badly. You almost feel like you cant take it no more, but I guess God does work in mysterious ways or him and good doctors who don't think your in it for pain pills. Do not go to doctors that have hundreds of files when you go to their office b/c u are just another number. they are all set, go to a new doctor or one that is new to your area b/c u will have a better shot at getting well. So I went to Johns Hopkins Institute after being seen by opthamologist, neurologist, endocrinologist, ent doctors like 5 of them, 3 different primary care specialist in Virginia DC area. My granny calls up Hopkins and explains my situation in a voice recording (if you have a older relative if your young have them call a doc and leave a concerning message it sometimes works) So I go to the Wilbur Eye Institute I see this neuro-opthamologist there who thinks I have an inflammation of my greater occipital nerve. b/c my specific pain was on one side and he pressed hard on my nerves comming out of my neck and i could feel my eye pain super bad so bam there was my answer. Greater occipital neuralgia. I came to Virginia and hooked up with this awesome Pakistani neurologist who gave me 8 sets of nerve blocks, these big syringes full of all types of stuff I did those 8 Thursdays in a row(july/August 09). I am taking neurontin 300 mg(1 pill at night), Vitimin B-12 good for nerves 1 a night, my blood pressure pill as that will slow your nerves if you have high bp and then flexeril at night 1 pill( i still take all this bc that is what she put me on then). So yea I saw a neurologist for 8 weeks got stuck like 100 times with needles in my face neck back and nose and swollow 4 pills at night but all was worth it to get out of pain. Really its just a matter of finding someone that doesn't think your a quack and are having head pain b/c u want some pain pills to feel fd up on. That was my dillemma as I am only 26. But hang in there go see a good neurologist and if you don't have insurance Im really sorry and would recommend u get on those pills i was talkin about because they are pretty cheap relatively speaking even w/o ins(just ask for all generics) at your pcp as any doc can supply the pills i take. Ofcourse dont take the high bp just the neurontin and the flexeril, go buy the vitimin b-12 otc. I know every case is unique but i remember when I was in all this pain i saw all these post where people could give no success stories so I wanted to give u a hope that not everyone stays sick and u can get well. I always felt stuck on these chat boards.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

why my eye dry pain and headace and ear

Anonymous wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

Thanks to God.....I suppose, I will have my treatment going right way now too. I have similar symptoms for quiet a long time now....every ophthalmologist I visited suggests me pain killers that really have stopped helping me now. I will take this article along with me on my next visit. I hope will help me too. Thanks to you Mate....

Anonymous wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

For the last few months I've had, off an on, pain behind right eye bothering me especially when trying to focus up close. Discomfort is accompanied by a light crackling sound behind the eye/nose area. Gone through some antibiotics an drops but pain still comes and goes. I've discovered that repeated warm compresses with a tea bag helps enormously and makes the pain and swelling go away. Have made another appointment with doctor to find out more and get to the bottom of this.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 1 week ago

God can heal everyone of you! James 5: 13-16 talks about the prayer of faith. "Lord i pray for eveyone of these people,i pray that you would heal them from the tops of their heads to the souls of their feet, and that you would shine in all of their lives, In Your Name, i pray, Amen."

Anonymous wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Thank you for this! Some people might mock you, but the truth is God is merciful, and powerful, and God can truly work miracles in your life! My L1 disc in my spine became fractured 9 years ago. I was a nurses aid, working with the elderly when it happened. At first I never even knew anything was wrong. Then came numbness in my left hip, that prompted me to visit a doctor. Exrays revealed a compression fracture. I was advised not to continue in my profession, which required heavy lifting. I was told to see a specialist as soon as possible. At that time I did not have very good insurance, and could not afford surgery! I also had to work in order to pay my bills. I went back to work, and about two months later the true pain kicked in, and my back problem rendered me incapable of working! I lost my home in North Texas, and moved to Austin to live with my mother. I tried to file for Social Security, but ended up entrenched in paperwork, only to be denied. I sat at the kitchen table and prayed to God. I prayed that he could just give me enough relief from the pain, so I could apply for a job, and actually make it through each day. God did so much better than that. I woke up the very next morning, and instead of struggling to get out of bed, I was pain free. I only realized it after I got out of bed and walked a few steps toward the bathroom. I was shocked, and moved around more, and tried to bend. Later that morning at the same kitchen table, I sat down with my tea. I noticed the yellow pages sitting in front of me. My mom must have been using it and left it there. I suddenly felt compelled to pick it up and page through it. I was going to call doctors offices, hospitals, nursing homes, anywhere that my skills would be useful. As soon as I opened the book, I looked down, and the very first page I came to had a big advertisement in it for Assisted living, which was EXACTLY what I used to do for a living. You think it's a coincidence, think again! I instantly called that company, and was hired the next day! I not only got a job there, I excelled in my job, and was flown to San Diego, California to accept an award for Joy in Service! I worked there for 5 wonderful years, pain free! No pain meds, no doctors, no surgery. I then got pregnant with my third baby, who is now almost 5 months old, and I am still doing well. God can heal everyone, but I believe you have to trust in him, have faith in him, and above all else, believe in him! We must also remember, that each of us at one time or another, face our time to go. If it is our time, then we will not be healed. Prayer is very strong, and when you ask of God, he might just grant you a miracle!

Anonymous wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

Silly person. If God is so smart, how come he doesn't heal everyone then? Oh, I forgot - he moves in a mysterious way.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 44 weeks ago

You have to trust in him, sounds like you do not trust anyone, have a blessed day!

Anonymous wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Hey don't blame God for your eye problems go to the doctor.. Oh and maybe you would do better if you had a relationship with God and prayed. So many people blame God for their problems or when they are sick.We suffer from illness and sickness because of Adam and Eve we wont be free from any of that till we are in heaven well for those who are saved. Mean while go to the doctor and get treatment and pray for healing.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 59 min ago

God bless you for your common sense and compassionate prayer. We can spend hundreds of dollars, an overwhelming amount of energy, and worry about every single pain. ONLY GOD can truly lead and guide us to His healing. Jesus IS the Great Physician. He came to take the true pain, (separation from GOD) away from us. If we beleive in HIM we will never lack any good thing. HE is in this life WITH us. Turn to HIM for help. HE will not fail or forsake us...ever!

Anonymous wrote 1 year 51 weeks ago

Amen!

Anonymous wrote 2 years 1 week ago

thank you

Anonymous wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

Amen!!! From your mouth to gods ears. I pray for my daughter. She has been getting these severe headaches that start behind her left eye. I am a sufferer of Chronic migrains so I try to just help her but she has been getting these headaches for abut 3 weeks now and tonight was pretty bad. I keep holding off on the doctor thing cuz they never reay did to much for me but I am getting a little worried for my daughter. Please say a little prayer for her as I will and do everynight! Thanks for all the great input.
Jenn

Anonymous wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

Jenn, You may pray as well, but as God also says, you must do for yourself. Your little girl might have something serious, and I think you had best visit your pediatrician or general practitioner. I also suffer from my migraines but if any one of my daughters had severe painful headaches, I would get them to a dr. as soon as possible. Headaches in children are not common. Please take her to one as soon as you can. I am not sure why you would say doctors "don't do too much for you." I am married to a children's heart specialist. He does all he can for his patients. Good luck and God bless.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 44 weeks ago

No where in the Bible does it say, "God helps those who help themselves." Actually God is more likely to help those that can't help themselves!

Anonymous wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

I have pain in my left eye for over 5 years. It feels like a rock in my eye and it hurts to move it. I have to use eye drops and tylenol with the red pills to help ease the pain. It comes and goes. Using fish oil sometimes help. Eye doctors cant find anything wrong. Keep saying dry eyes.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

Seriously! My eye socket and temple feel as if they have road rash inside, especially when I cough, and for several minutes after I cough. I feel as if my eye will explode if I don't push in on my eyeball and temple while I cough, and I wear sunglasses 24/7 to reduce eye strain. I have been diagnosed with ascites, and have to get an abdominal and pelvic c.t. scan today to determine the cause. The eye thing is a new development. Why do I feel as though I may be doomed. Please write something funny to help us all see the light at the end of the cheeseburger, won't you?

Anonymous wrote 1 year 51 weeks ago

ice compressions or tea bags will help

Anonymous wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

I love funny remarks in a forum. They are so helpful! Whodathunk it? A cheesburger behind the eye? WOW!

Anonymous wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

My left eyeball becomes hard as a marble and I get as eyeball headache as well as pain in my neck also on the left side. These eyeball aches last for hours and have become a daily affair.
Sometimes I wake up in the morning with such aches but if not - then they will occur during the day.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

I suffer from this same dilemma, going on 3 years now. Have you found anything out?

Anonymous wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

I recently noticed a cracking sound (similar to the sound when you crack a finger joint) when i press on my closed left eye. There is no pain at all, just a clicking sound any time i press on it.
I got punched a few times around the eye about 1 month ago, got a slight bruising, but has been fine for weeks now.

What could this cracking be?

Anonymous wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

I had a similar issue after getting jumped and hit repeatedly. An MRI showed that my eye socket had been fractured/broken. The doc put me on antibiotics to combat infection and did some tests to make sure the bone fragments weren't floating around. After the bruising went away I healed up in about 6-8 weeks. Not sure if your case is that severe, but an MRI will let you know.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 8 weeks ago

i found a cheeseburger behind my eye .. i ate it ... soreness gone

Anonymous wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

I had the same problem, but it was a BLT.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 1 week ago

that stinks! mine was greasy bacon cheeseburger!! SO PAINFUL!!

Anonymous wrote 2 years 22 weeks ago

i am a breast feeding mum who is feeling a lot of neck pain and all my joints are feeling tight.i have tingling in my hands on and off and also other areas too.doctors have tested for vitamin deficiencies but all are normal.i often feel like i have a virus.what could this be?wanting answers.....

Anonymous wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

Have your doctor test for (SLE) Lupus with and ANA (antinuclear antibody) test and Lyme's disease. Some of your syptoms sound autoimmune related.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Im no Doc or anything but this happened to my mom andshe has a pinched nerve which you could get form holding your neck wrong or just being tense!

Anonymous wrote 2 years 22 weeks ago

i have a pain in my left eye and just obove my left eye too - by my eye-brow. this is going on about a week and a half now with head aches accuring by night sometimes. why is this ???

Anonymous wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

Is it a glass eye if so it may be cracked

Anonymous wrote 2 years 22 weeks ago

I used to have pain behind one eye. It was a sinus problems. A sort of pressure behind the eye. I tried to sleep with a humidifier in my bedroom and it was a bit better. Today, I sometimes have pain behind just one eye, when it occurs, it take a decongestant and it helps.
We have to keep in mind that pain behind one eye may be a symptom of different types of headaches (or other health problems).

Anonymous wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

for the last two days, i experienced a slight pain behind my left eye and behind my left temple. To feel better I pressed on the temple, now may pain behind my left eye is gone and my doctor told me that it could be due to the fact that i work infront of a computer all day.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

Pain behind right eye or pain behind left eye can be caused in most cases by conjunctivitis, it's the most common cause of pain behind eye and eye problems. It can also be caused by a abrasion of the cornea. A blepharitis can also cause eye pain as well as a sinusitis and migraines. There are other causes to your eye pain, if your pain is persistent, you really need to see a doctor.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

#3 This is your Gallbladder. This is where the Gallbladder Meridian runs. There is no doubt about it. There is no theory involved. This is fact.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Clearly, from what is said here and the comments that have been made, nobody has the slightest clue what they are talking about or what CAUSES pain behind the eyes.

June Chen, MD wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

If your symptoms are concerning to you, the best course of action for determining what your symptoms could be would be to consult your doctor, who knows your medical history and is able to obtain a detailed history of your symptoms and to perform a physical examination before offering you appropriate medical advice.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

I have pain behind my eye and in my left ear, what could this be?

Anonymous wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

The pain in the eye can be explained the pain in the ear could be gonnarear and can be cured by abstinance.