As parents, we understand how unsettling it can be when your children complain of pain. What makes it even more challenging is that the pain they are reporting does not directly tell you what the problem is or how severe it is.
Your vision therapy experts are here to talk about possible reasons your kids’ eyes are hurting.
When the Pain Is on the Surface of The Eyes
Foreign bodies, such as sawdust and grit, can get trapped inside the eyes, causing mild to severe discomfort whenever you’re kids are blinking. This may also scratch their corneas, resulting in another common cause of eye pain: corneal abrasions. Your kids may complain of eye discomfort as well after watching TV or playing gadgets for too long as this habit can cause eye strain and dry eyes.
When the Pain Is on the Inside, Front Part of The Eyes
When your children complain of pain felt on the anterior part of their eyes, this could mean a number of things. For one, it could be a sign of conjunctivitis or pink eye. This problem occurs when a bacteria, virus or fungus infects the tissue covering the inside part of their eyelids. Call your eye care specialist and schedule an eye exam as soon as possible so we can determine the proper treatment to alleviate their pain and manage the infection.
When the Pain Is Behind Their Eyes
Clogged sinuses or sinus infections often cause colds, runny noses and even pain behind both eyes. Another possibility if your kids are experiencing pain behind their eyes is that they may be having migraine headaches. Oftentimes, this pain is only felt behind one eye, accompanied by pain on other parts of the same side of the head.
When the Pain Is Around the Eyes
Having swollen eyelids can cause discomfort around your children’s eyes. In the same way, they may experience this kind of pain if they are developing a stye. Computer vision syndrome, or digital eye strain, may also cause the same kind of pain. If your child is having difficulty seeing clearly, they may experience pain around the eyes every now and then. Your eye doctor may prescribe using vision correction eyewear to help alleviate the pain.
It’s best to bring your children to your eye clinic when they complain of eye pain. This way, we can perform an eye exam and evaluate the exact reason what causes their eyes to hurt. Contact your local myopia control specialist today.