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Last updated June 25, 2017, originally published August 19, 2014

By Louise Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist





The eye is one of the most sensitive areas of the body – your cornea
has up to 500 times more sensory nerves than anywhere on your
skin. The cornea of your eye helps defend against eye injury and
when you irritate the cornea, you’ll feel it. But there are other types
of eye pain that can be just as, if not more, distressing. Pain from
behind the eye, for example, can be a big problem. Sometimes it is
obvious why your eye hurts – for example, you get hit by a ball.
Other times the pain is intense but you don’t know why. Why do you
sometimes feel pain from behind the eye? What are the reasons for
this discomfort and what can you do about it?

What Are The Causes of Pain Behind The Eyes?

Causes of eye pain fall into two broad categories – ocular pain and
orbital pain. Ocular pain is from the surface of the eye and the outer
structures. Orbital pain is a dull ache, or a deep pain, from behind the
eye or within the eye. Orbital pain from behind the eye may be
caused by a number of different reasons.

If you get something in your eye, like a speck of dirt or a hair, it can
cause pain from behind the eye as well as on the surface of the eye.
Foreign bodies in the eye usually come out when you blink, or when
you use an eye wash solution. Don’t leave anything in your eye as it
can cause a corneal abrasion.

Pain behind the eye is, however, not usually caused by foreign
objects or abrasions. Many cases of dull pain behind the eyes are
caused by eye diseases.

Glaucoma, for instance, is an eye condition that may have no
symptoms but can cause severe eye pain and pressure, along with
headache, nausea, and poor vision. The Eye Diseases Prevalence
Research Group estimates over 2.2 million people in America suffer
from glaucoma but only half of these people know they have the
condition – pain behind the eye can be a first sign.

Posterior uveitis is an inflammation inside the eye, which affects the
rear of the eye behind the retina. Uveitis may be caused by trauma,
an infection, or an autoimmune condition. Uveitis may be chronic or
acute and most often occurs in one eye only.  

Autoimmune conditions and infections can also cause optic neuritis,
which is a condition affecting the nerve that goes from the rear of
the eyeball into the brain. Symptoms include pain and sometimes a
loss of vision.

In addition, sinusitis – which creates intense pressure behind the
eyes -  migraine headaches and
intercranial hypertension also often
result in a dull ache from behind the eyes. More rarely, a
subconjunctival hemorrhage can cause pain in the eye.

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If your eyes hurt to the extent that you can’t see properly, or that
your normal life is disrupted, then you should visit your eye doctor as
soon as possible to rule out anything serious and to relieve the
discomfort. Especially, if your eye pain is caused by a foreign body in
the eye that won’t come out, an eye injury, or exposure to chemicals,
you should see a doctor. If the pain is accompanied by blurred vision
or
light sensitivity, get it checked out.

However, pain behind the eye doesn’t have to be severe to indicate a
problem. Glaucoma, for instance, is often accompanied by few
symptoms. If the pain behind your eye is intense and severe and you
have a history of glaucoma, then it could be due to angle-closure
glaucoma, which is a medical emergency.

When it comes to pain behind your eyes, don’t chance it. Get it
checked out, and also take a look at the following ideas for
preventing and treating pain behind the eyes based on recent
scientific evidence.


1.
Take Gingko for Eye Pain Caused By Glaucoma

There is no substitute for full and comprehensive medical treatment
for glaucoma but there are natural substances that can make a
difference to the amount of pain you feel.

For example, pain behind the eyes caused by glaucoma can be
improved with gingko extract at 120mg a day for eight weeks,
according to research from Clinica Oculistica Università di Brescia,
Italy.

Gingko is believed to work by increasing circulation and in the study
it improved pain levels and improved vision in people suffering from
glaucoma.

2.
Is Coleus Forskohlii Useful For Pressure and Eye Pain?

Also helpful for treating behind-eye pain is a substance from the herb
Coleus forskohlii, which when used in eye drops helps to reduce
intraocular pressure in people without glaucoma, according to
research in 1984 and 1987 by Badian M, Dabrowski J, Grigoleit HG, et
al, and Meyer BH, Stulting AA, Muller FO, et al. Experts believe that
the herbal extract also can be used for people suffering eye pain
from glaucoma.

3.
Acupressure for Behind-Eye Pressure Pain

If pressure behind the eyes is causing pain and problems, try
acupressure. Acupressure of the ear was shown to be an effective
treatment for eye pain and pressure due to glaucoma, according to a
2010 study from China Medical University and Hospital, Taichung,
Taiwan. In the study, 33 people received either real acupressure or
sham acupressure. Those in the acupressure group showed an
improvement in symptoms of pressure and pain.

4.
Take Vitamin C for Uveitis Eye Pain

In a 1999 study from the Eye Hospital Rotterdam, Netherlands,
vitamin C and vitamin E helped improve vision and pain in 145 people
who suffered from anterior uveitis causing pain behind the eyes.

In this study, the participants were given a placebo or combined
treatment with 500mg vitamin C and 100mg vitamin E. These
vitamins are antioxidants that may help to keep the eye healthy when
it is recovering from uveitis eye infection.

5.
A Turmeric Antioxidant Helps Treat Pain Behind The Eye

Another antioxidant that may be helpful for people suffering from
pain behind the eye due to uveitis is an extract from the herb
turmeric.

A 1999 study from K.G. Medical College, Lucknow, India  appeared to
find turmeric beneficial,  although the study did not have a control
group.

6.
Eucalyptus Oil Treats Behind-Eye Pain From Sinusitis

Sinusitis is a problematic condition causing pain around and behind
the eyes. Treat this irritating cold-like condition with an extract of
eucalyptus oil.

In a 2004 study from Klink and Ambulatorium für HNO-Frankeiten
Clinical Research, Aachen, Germany two 100mg capsules of cineole –
eucalyptus extract – three times a day helped improve symptoms of
pressure, pain, and congestion affecting the eyes.

7.
Butterbur For Relieving Eye Pain Due To Migraines

Pain behind the eyes is commonly caused by migraine headaches.

If you suffer from migraines, try a remedy containing
butterbur
extract to decrease the amount of pain you feel in your head and
behind your eyes.

A 2000 study from Municipal Hospital, München-Harlaching, Germany
showed that butterbur extract at 50mg twice a day, for three
months, reduced the severity of migraine pain including eye pain, and
also decreased the frequency of attacks.


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