Certain eye discomforts are minor and can be fixed simply by cleaning the eyes or taking a break from visual activities. In other words, nothing to worry about. That said, you should pay attention to certain eye discomforts, especially if they involve pressure building up behind your eyes.
Today’s article from vision correction center Myopia Institute aims to shed light on the five leading reasons you feel this kind of pain.
Pressure around the eyes is one of the primary discomforts accompanying headaches. According to the American Migraine Foundation, most headaches can be classified as tension-type migraines and are not caused by eye strain and other conditions related to eye fatigue. Other migraine symptoms include nausea and sensitivity to light and sound.
Sinus infections are a nuisance at the very least. Sinuses are the hollow spaces on your skull positioned above, below, behind, and between the eyes. Sinus infection or sinusitis is caused by a virus, resulting in swollen nasal cavities. This inflammation is what causes discomfort and pressure around the eye area. Luckily, a sinus infection isn’t something that warrants an eye exam, but you should consult a doctor if over-the-counter relief medication doesn’t work for you.
Graves’ disease affects the tissues, muscles and fat behind your eyes, causing them to swell. This particular disease can cause further eye problems such as dry eyes, photophobia and even vision loss.
Optic neuritis is one of the more serious possible reasons behind eye pressure. It is a condition that causes the nerve connecting the eyes to the brain to become swollen and inflamed. Symptoms also include temporary vision loss and color blindness.
A fractured eye socket may be characterized by a painful or uncomfortable pressure around the eyes, a black eye or any bruising and reduced eyesight. You may have to undergo surgery and vision therapy due to any type of eye injury.
Myopia Institute is the premier center for pediatric myopia control. You may contact us at (301) 363-0060. We work with patients in Chicago, IL, and Washington, DC.