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sharp, one-sided eye pain also

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 2, 2006
  • 00:09 PM

Hi folks,

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!

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  • For the last week now I've woken in the middle of the night with sharp stinging eye pain as if I had a piece of glass in my eye. It goes away in about 20 - 30 minutes and oly effect me at night. Anyone have any similar symtems or a cure?Bob
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  • you are both describing recurrent corneal erosions. a careful examination by an ophthalmologist (preferably a corneal specialist and preferably in the morning) will usually confirm the diagnosis. the initial treatment is lubricating ointments (not drops) such as Muro 128, Genteal gel, Refresh PM, or Lacrilube before you go to sleep. if the problem persists, there are surgical procedures that have high success rates in treating the problem. dryness of the eyes compounds the problem, so that may need treatment as well.
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  • Or it could be something more serious than that too. See an eye doctor!Your sight is very precious. I almost lost mine last October to similar symptoms which I thought were "nothing."
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  • Or it could be something more serious than that too. See an eye doctor!Your sight is very precious. I almost lost mine last October to similar symptoms which I thought were "nothing."Thanks for that! Can you tell me more? What were the symptoms/diagnosis/treatment?Thanks very much!!
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  • Thanks for that! Can you tell me more? What were the symptoms/diagnosis/treatment?Thanks very much!!Quote:"Originally Posted by Dxd Or it could be something more serious than that too. See an eye doctor!Your sight is very precious. I almost lost mine last October to similar symptoms which I thought were "nothing.""Hi Marji,I had sensitivity to light, sharp eye pain, nausea, headache over the affected to eye, and heart palpitations. These occurred only together. However, at first the only symptom I had was eye pain. Then the others developed one after the other until they all occurred all at once. Then about 6 months later after those recurring symptoms, I started having blurry vision in one eye. It turned out to be Acute Narrow-Angle Glaucoma Attacks. And if I hadn't paid attention to the symptoms and gotten help, I would have been blind in that eye.
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  • For the last week now I've woken in the middle of the night with sharp stinging eye pain as if I had a piece of glass in my eye. It goes away in about 20 - 30 minutes and oly effect me at night. Anyone have any similar symtems or a cure?BobHi Bob,This sounds very close to what I experience most nights. I wake up with what feels like a peircing, ripping pain in my left eye. Once up I can't be in much light or keep my eye open or closed for more than a few seconds at a time. The stinging causes so many tears that they drip from my chin and will continue for 30 minutes to 2 hours. I pace the floors until I can stand to be in light and then I watch TV till it passes.I have been told that this may be from very dry eyes or alergies because it doesn't happen every night. I have gone a month or two with no pain, then I may go for 3-4 months in terrible pain.Recently I have found myself waking enough to notice that my eye is very dry and noticed that the pain accures when I open my eye. It feels like my eye lid is stuck to my eyeball and it peels the surface of the eye when it is opened. I wish I knew what this is called so I could get some releif, cause the Doctors I've been to can't seem to help with it. Please reply if you have any info that may help. Thanks
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    • September 17, 2007
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  • It feels like my eye lid is stuck to my eyeball and it peels the surface of the eye when it is opened.i get that very problem in my left eye on wakeing up each day, sometimes it lasts just a few seconds, sometimes a few minutes, through the day i have no problems, the pain for as long as it lasts is very bad.
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  • After noticing blurred vision in my left eye, I went to an opthamalogist who said I had a hole in the retina in the same spot where there was a hole 2 years ago. At that time due to a delay in surgery, the retina healed itself beautifully (without surgery) giving me 20/20 vision in that eye again. We are presently waiting for a period of time to see if the eye will heal itself again without surgery. Presently, I have been having sharp stabbing pains in that eye about three times per hour.
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    • February 7, 2014
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  • For the past 2 weeks or so I have been woken by a sharp stabbing pain in my right eye. My eye is then hard to open, feeling stuck and I have to gently open it to relieve the paid, but then it waters. This is happening once or twice a night. Today my eye feels sore, like there is something under the lid - as if I've poked myself in the eye. Any advice appreciated. Do I visit my Doctor or an Optician? Thanks.
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