Eye pain is a painful sensation occurring in the eye. It may be accompanied by other symptoms (red eyes, watery eyes, swelling of the eyelids) or manifest on its own. In the first case, it is a condition closely related to the eye (conjunctivitis, uveitis, glaucoma, allergies), while in the second case it is a pain “reflection”, which means that the pain is felt at the level of the eye, but is actually due to other medical conditions (such as inflammation of the trigeminal nerve caused, sinusitis or Herpes). The signs may include continuous or intermittent pattern.


What kind of diseases can be associated with ocular pain?

The following diseases may be associated with ocular pain:


  • Contact allergy
  • Astigmatism
  • Blepharitis
  • Chalazion
  • Headache
  • Keratoconus
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Dacryocystitis
  • Dengue
  • Migraine
  • Glaucoma
  • Herpes simplex
  • Ophthalmic herpes zoster
  • Inflammation of the trigeminal nerve
  • Cat-scratch disease
  • Optic neuritis
  • Stye
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Sinusitis
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Trauma
  • Corneal ulcer
  • Burns
  • Uveitis


Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.




What is the therapy for ocular pain?

The remedies against the ocular pain depend on the underlying disease. It is very important to seek advice from a medical expert. The use of artificial tears may help in some cases.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of ocular pain?

In case of ocular pain, it is always advisable to consult a doctor or specialist. In the event of injuries or burns, it is preferable to visit the ER.