Behind-the-eye pain from a headache can be debilitating. Like other common eye problems such as blurry vision, itchiness or dryness, this pain is a symptom of an underlying problem. Many assume that these types of headaches are caused by sinus problems, but that’s not always the case.
Below are the three most common reasons for that aching feeling behind your eye.
Caused by congestion from a cold or allergy, sinus infections can lead to a buildup of pressure within the sinus cavity; this can cause a painful pounding sensation around the eyes and throughout the face.
In addition to facial pain, sinusitis symptoms include fever and post-nasal drip, which can last for weeks. For most, the sinus infection will resolve on its own without medical treatment. In order to relieve the pain and pressure, experts recommend:
- Steam therapy
- Nasal spray
- Light exercise
If symptoms persist for more than 12 weeks despite medical treatment, your condition is considered chronic. Treatment for chronic sinusitis may include antibiotics, immunotherapy and surgery.
Pain behind the eyes is the primary symptom of a migraine, in addition to light sensitivity and nausea. Symptoms are often brought on by a change in weather, sleep patterns, eating habits and hormones. Sensory stimuli such as bright light, strong smells and loud noises can also prompt an attack.
While over-the-counter pain relivers can help with discomfort, many migraine sufferers require prescription medications. Understanding your triggers is one of the best ways to combat this condition. Alcohol, caffeine, chocolate and even aged cheese are common causes of a flare up. Once you understand what causes your symptoms, you can practice avoidance.
Like a muscle, your eyes can become tired and sore from overuse. This includes:
- Driving long distances
- Reading without a rest
- Being exposed to glare
You can develop a dry eye condition when spending too long looking at your devices, as you can override your natural ability to blink, which keeps your eyes moist.
The best way to treat eye strain is to give your eyes a rest and get a good night’s sleep. You should also keep your eyes lubricated and try to avoid digital eye strain.
To learn more about eye pain or treating your sinus infection symptoms, contact the experts at Central Plains ENT.