Are you worried about your Eye Pain?
Mild symptoms can go away on their own with proper rest or be treated with eye drops. If you are experiencing a combination of eye pain, flashes or floaters or a loss of vision, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Provided your eye pain is not severe and in need of urgent medical attention, there are things you can do at home to try and alleviate your symptoms:
- Placing a moist warm towel over the eyes can help with symptoms of an eye infection.
- Steer clear of smoke from cigarettes, fire, and other potentially harmful gases.
- Ensure glasses prescriptions are up to date.
- Humidifiers can alleviate eye pain by adding moisture to the air around us, reducing discomfort from dryness.
- Lessen the amount of time we spend looking at screens.
If you have suffered an accident that is causing you severe pain, loss of vision, headaches, nausea, or bleeding from your eye, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Likewise, if you are struggling to move your eye, cannot keep it open, are unusually sensitive to light, or have any swelling visit your emergency doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
You should also seek further medical assistance if:
- You have previously had surgery on your eye
- You have a weakened immune system
- Twitching is not just restricted to the eye
- Blepharitis (eyelid inflammation)
- Chalazion (a type of cyst on your eyelid)
- Cluster headache
- Complication of eye surgery
- Contact lens problem
- Corneal abrasion (scratch): First aid
- Corneal herpetic infections (herpes)
- Dry eyes (decreased production of tears)
- Ectropion (outwardly turned eyelid)
- Entropion (inwardly turned eyelid)
- Eyelid infection
- Foreign object in the eye: First aid
- Glaucoma (group of conditions that damage the optic nerve)
- Iritis (inflammation of the colored part of the eye)
- Keratitis (inflammation of the cornea)
- Optic neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve)
- Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
- Scleritis (inflammation of the white part of the eye)
- Uveitis (inflammation of the middle layer of the eye)
Can hay fever cause eye pain?
Eye irritation is a common symptom of hay fever and can be treated with antihistamines and antihistamine eye drops which should help to ease the pain. If the pain is still persistent and hasn’t ease you may want to see a GP who may be able to recommend a more suitable treatment.