If you’re currently experiencing eye pain, then you might be worried about it. Usually it isn’t a symptom of anything serious, but if it’s accompanied by certain other symptoms, then you should have it treated. Urgent care can take care of minor, common eye pain and its symptoms, so come see us today if you’d like your eye pain diagnosed and treated professionally. We have eye pain doctors who can help you right on the spot, without the need for an appointment.
What usually causes eye pain?
Your eye pain could be caused by simple irritation or a number of other issues. Some of the most common possible causes of eye pain are:
- A foreign object in the eye – This is the most common source of eye pain, and the object could be an eyelash, a piece of dust, makeup, etc. This can cause irritation, redness, watery eyes, and pain.
- Irritation from contact lenses – This can occur when someone doesn’t properly disinfect their contact lenses or wears them overnight.
- Pink eye – A condition that can cause inflammation, itchiness, redness, and discharge from the eye.
- An injury to the cornea – This can feel like you have something in your eye, and it requires medical care.
- Blepharitis – When the oil glands on the eyelid become infected or inflamed. This can cause pain or a sty to develop. A sty is a painful nodule or raised bump on the eyelid.
Why do I have eye pain inside my eye?
This could be due to:
- Glaucoma – This occurs when pressure inside the eye rises, and the pain can be accompanied by nausea, headache, and loss of vision. This condition requires immediate care.
- Optic neuritis – This can happen when the optic nerve becomes inflamed, which can be due to an autoimmune disease or a bacterial or viral infection. The condition can cause eye pain and vision loss.
- Sinusitis – A sinus infection which can cause pressure and pain behind the eyes.
- Minor trauma – Such as being hit by a small object
Sometimes eye pain is caused by simple eye strain, and this can be resolved by simply resting your eyes for a while. Other times, eye pain can be more serious.
When is eye pain serious?
Sometimes eye pain can be an emergency, such as when it’s severe, or when it was caused by a major trauma or by exposure to a chemical (such as bleach) or harsh light source (like the sun or a tanning booth). Also, eye pain is an emergency if it is accompanied by vision loss, abdominal pain and vomiting, and / or sudden and significant changes to vision. Any of these situations requires going to the ER (emergency room).
Most of the time, though, eye pain isn’t serious, so it can be treated by an eye pain doctor here at Columbia Clinic Urgent Care.
What can an eye pain doctor do for eye pain?
This depends on the cause of the pain, but usually, minor cases of eye pain can be treated by using a warm compress, flushing out the eye, using antibacterial drops, using an antihistamine, using eye drops, prescription corticosteroids, and / or getting pain medication. We can provide any of these treatments here at Columbia Clinic Urgent Care.
If you’d like to have one of our eye pain doctors diagnose and treat your eye pain, then come see us today here at Columbia Clinic Urgent Care. No appointment is required, so you can just come visit us at our location near mall 205 at 9710 SE Washington St Ste B, Portland, OR 97216. You’re also more than welcome to call us at (503) 261-8000 to make an appointment if you’d prefer to. We’re open for you Monday to Friday, 8 am to 6 pm