Eye pain is a common but potentially serious symptom of a number of conditions. To protect the health of your eyes and your vision, experienced optometrist Paddy Kalish, OD, offers comprehensive eye pain assessments at his office In the Coolidge Corner neighborhood of Brookline, Massachusetts. Dr. Kalish uses advanced diagnostic technologies to assess your eye health and identify issues that can cause pain such as infections, scratches, and underlying eye diseases. Don’t let eye pain go untreated. Call the office of Paddy Kalish, OD, or book a consultation online today.
Pain in your eye can be an indication you have an injury or underlying condition that needs medical attention.
In addition to direct eye injuries, you might develop eye pain because of issues like:
Iritis describes irritation and inflammation in the iris, the colored ring around your pupil. This condition can develop after an eye injury, because of an infection, or due to chronic medical conditions like an autoimmune disorder.
Scleritis describes inflammation in the sclera, the white part of the eye. Scleritis can develop due to injuries, infections, and allergies that irritate your eyes.
A corneal abrasion is a superficial scratch on your cornea, the clear part of the front of your eye. Scratches occur when debris from the environment like dirt or dust gets into your eye.
Dry eye is a condition where you don’t make enough tears or produce low-quality tears that can’t properly moisturize your eyes. In extreme conditions, dry eyes can cause damage to your cornea and persistent pain.
Infections in the eye, including herpes and bacterial conjunctivitis, can also cause persistent eye irritation and pain. Infections can also affect the clarity of your vision.
During your diagnostic evaluation for eye pain, Dr. Kalish takes time to discuss what you were doing when your eye pain started and where in your eye you feel pain.
Generally, pain occurs either on the surface of your eye or within the eye and might also interfere with your vision. Dr. Kalish uses on-site technologies to evaluate the outer and inner parts of your eye to identify infections, scratches, or other eye conditions.
It’s important that you don’t put off an appointment for eye pain. You should schedule an evaluation as soon as you notice your eye pain isn’t going away.
If you have signs of an eye emergency, such as sudden and severe eye pain, loss of vision, or have spilled chemicals in your eye, seek immediate medical care at a local hospital.
Your treatment plan for eye pain depends on what’s causing your condition. Dr. Kalish can flush your eyes with a saline solution to remove debris.
If you have an infection, you might need prescription antibiotics to treat it. Severe infections like iritis might also require corticosteroid medications to relieve pain and inflammation.
Certain medical conditions, including glaucoma, also require medications to relieve pain and other symptoms that affect your eye health and vision.
If you have eye pain, schedule a diagnostic evaluation today. You can call the office of Paddy Kalish, OD, or book an eye exam online.