What Causes Eye Pain?
Eye pain can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'life-threatening'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose eye pain, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "eye pain" as a symptom. Here are three possibilities:
- Possible Urgent Medical Need
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
having had eye injury or surgery
high sensitivity to bright light
severe stiff neck
chest pain when breathing
major steroid use
significant left iliac pain
severe vision disturbances
peripheral vision loss
glaucoma in close family members
... and more than 10 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of eye pain:
|Possible Urgent Medical Need
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Are you experiencing eye pain that was not caused by an injury? Include any burning, throbbing, aching or stabbing pain.
→ Don't know
→ In the past only
→ Yes, in one eye only
→ Yes, in both eyes
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of eye pain, history of eye pain, pain in one eye or pain in both eyes, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Acute glaucoma causes episodes of severe eye pain.
Although it is more common for just one eye to be affected during an attack of iritis, both eyes may be affected at the same time. There are several symptoms of iritis that are fairly specific to it, one being 'contralateral photosensitivity'. This means that the eye with iritis will feel pain even if light is shined into the OTHER eye only.