Like Lisa, I'm also having sharp, stinging, burning pain on one side that causes severe tearing. What's different about this is that it doesn't quickly resolve but tends to linger for a few hours. This has been going on for quite a while (maybe six months), and I thought it was associated with computer work that I do overnight, since it would come on during the wee hours while I was working. I had been using Simulsan Dry Eye Relief for it when the problem was fairly new (about a six months ago or so), and it helped completely then. Now, I don't get the same relief (or any relief for that matter) that I used to get.
What's concerning me even more is that I experienced this sharp pain in the middle of the night last night while I was sleeping! The pain woke me up, even though my eyes were closed. It took a while for the pain to resolve, I fell back asleep, and then it woke me up a second time later in the night.
Accompanying this pain and tearing is sensitivity to light to the point that it is extremely difficult to keep either eye open (although I think my left eye is just being sympathetic to the right eye, if you know what I mean).
(Other information is that I am an otherwise very healthy 49-year-old woman, nonsmoker, no other past medical history or history of chronic illness .)
I wonder what would cause this "attack" (for lack of a better word) of eye pain and tearing while my eyes are closed. I can almost understand it happening when I am working on the computer in the middle of the night, but this has me puzzled.
Also, does anyone know about using a topical OTC anesthetic or analgesic for eye pain/discomfort?
Thanks very much!