Several different conditions can cause eye pain. To find the probable cause, it is important to examine the symptoms.

Common symptoms range from dry eyes, red and itchy eyes to sharp or sudden pains in the eye. If the eye pain is accompanied by vision disturbances and nausea or vomiting, it is very important to seek medical immediate attention.

Treatment depends on the cause of the eye pain and may include eye drops and other medication. As Therapeutic Optometrists, Insight Optometrists are qualified and approved to provide appropriate scheduled therapeutic drugs for eye conditions.

If a sharp pain is felt due to dirt or dust, or a foreign body in the eye, this might be due to a scratch on the eye, or corneal abrasion, which may require attention, even after the eye has been cleared of the debris.

Eye pain from sinuses, migraines and headaches can affect one or both eyes. The cause of the pain, for example a sinus infection, needs to be treated.
Extended periods of focusing on a single point are not recommended since eyestrain can cause accommodative fatigue in the eye, resulting in pain. Similarly, stress can also produce discomfort in the eye and should be avoided wherever possible for good eye health and comfortable vision.

As with any pain, it is important to see a doctor, optometrist or ophthalmologist to check the health of your eyes and make sure that there is not a more serious underlying medical condition.

Come in and check your eye health today at Insight Optometrists, especially if you are experiencing any form of eye pain.


  1. Mayo Clinic Staff