Almost everyone experiences some sort of eye pain during their lives, so
it can be difficult to recognize when sore eyes or eye pain warrants medical
attention. In some cases, eye pain disappears over time, but in other
cases, eye pain is a symptom of a more serious
eye health condition. Here’s a look some of the most common causes of eye pain and their
Commonly known as pinkeye, conjunctivitis is an inflammation in the covering
of the white outside wall of the eye. This condition usually develops
from contact with an allergen or through a viral or bacterial infection.
If someone develops conjunctivitis, the blood vessels in his or her eye
inflame, causing the white portion of the eye to appear red. The inflammation
is usually accompanied by itchiness and discharge. If a bacterial infection
is responsible for pink eye, it can usually be treated within 24 hours
with an antibiotic.
A piece of dirt, plant debris or contact lens fragment can all cause irritation
if they become trapped in the eye. Usually, these foreign bodies cause
some irritation until tears or water rinse them away. However, foreign
bodies that aren’t removed from the eye can scratch the cornea and
lead to longer-lasting
eye pain and vision problems.
Glaucoma usually shows no early symptoms or signs, but it is a very serious
eye condition that can damage the optic nerve. Usually a hereditary eye
condition, glaucoma is often associated with building pressure inside
of the eye. This mounting pressure can damage the eye’s optic nerve,
which is responsible for sending images to the brain. As a result, failure
to prevent further damage to the optic nerve can lead to permanent vision loss.
Dr. Mark Hornfeld is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology
as well as the American Board of Internal Medicine. As a graduate from
the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New York,
Dr. Hornfeld has extensive experience as a
New York City-based ophthalmologist. To schedule a consultation in our office, please call (646) 502-4142.