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:
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Are you experiencing eye pain that was not caused by an injury? Include any burning, throbbing, aching or stabbing pain.
Possible responses:→ Don't know
→ In the past only
→ Yes, in one eye only
→ Yes, in both eyes
Severe eye pain should be investigated aggressively to prevent the possible consequence of blindness.
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.