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Sharp pain in one eye

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  • Posted By: lisa33
  • November 2, 2006
  • 03:47 AM

Hi...the last month or so I've been experiencing a sharp pain in my right eye only. It's almost like that sharp and quick pain of an elastic snapping. It doesn't hurt a lot, just a quick pain. Does anyone know what this is? It seems to happen more when I'm tired.

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  • I don't know what it is, but I have been having this too. It is so intense and sharp that sometimes I jump because I am so startled by it. Mine are in the area of the tearduct, but up and over at the top of the eye just under the brow bone. I'm going to be asking my doctor about it!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 22, 2007
    • 04:13 PM
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  • I had a sharp pain in my left eye in the lower corner on the outside of my eye. Can't figure out what it was and I haven't had it again. Have you had any additional symptons?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 5, 2007
    • 01:05 AM
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  • i have this pain quite a lot as i have dry eyes with plugs fitted and my ophthalmologist said i was letting my eyes get too dry and need to use eye drops more often to stop this pain happening
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 16, 2007
    • 07:06 PM
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  • So Did Any Of You Figure Out What Was Causing The Pain Besides Dry Eyes? My Wife Has A Sharp Pain That Comes In Her Right Eye And Is Then Gone After Just A Few Seconds And Sometimes Comes Back Again After Being Gone For 15 Seconds And Then Stays For A Couple And Is Gone Again. Just Wondering If Any Advice On What Is Up Or Whether To See A Optomotrist Or Opthomalogist. Thanks In Advance
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 25, 2008
    • 05:16 AM
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  • Check out Glaucoma. This is a symptom.
    anxious Annie 59 Replies
    • February 29, 2008
    • 00:35 AM
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  • After having an MRI for what I thought would turn out to be postural vertigo, it turned out my ears are fine, but I do have a pituitary tumor. One of the symptoms includes a sharp pain behind my right eye. Other symptoms include dizziness, nausea, imbalance, tinnitus, bad headache, weight gain or loss. Hope this helps.
    TallGirl 3 Replies
    • February 14, 2009
    • 06:33 AM
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  • Seek medical attention if you have eye pain.Most commonly, home care consists of flushing the eye with water. With exposure to a foreign body or chemical to the eye, it is important to thoroughly flush the eye with lukewarm tap water or commercially prepared eyewash solution. See the home care section under eye injury for techniques on how to flush your eye with water.If you think a foreign body is in your eye, do not rub your eye. This can seriously damage the eye by causing more damage to the surface as the foreign body is moved around with rubbing. Do not attempt to remove a foreign body from your eye or someone else's eye. Treatment other than gentle eye irrigation is generally not recommended and should be reserved for medical professionals and eye doctors.
    msary80 1 Replies
    • February 23, 2009
    • 01:31 AM
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  • Thanks for your reply. I went to the ophthamologist last Thursday and he said my eyes are fine and there are no foreign objects in them. He also didn't see that the tumor was pressing on the optic nerve. I was thinking it might be sinus pain possibly...
    TallGirl 3 Replies
    • February 24, 2009
    • 04:59 AM
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  • My Eye Doctor said that it is caused by a dry spot. But that does not seem to make sense to me. My eyes are never dry.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 31, 2010
    • 04:01 AM
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  • Thanks for your reply. I went to the ophthamologist last Thursday and he said my eyes are fine and there are no foreign objects in them. He also didn't see that the tumor was pressing on the optic nerve. I was thinking it might be sinus pain possibly...Hi, I have almost always sharp pain in my right eye. Doctors told me two things: it is from sinusitis or trigeminal neuralgia. In that case you should visit ENT doctor to see if there is sinusitis. If is not then go to the Neurologist. He can find out do you have something with the trigeminal nerve. Good luck,N.
    natalie64 10 Replies
    • February 21, 2010
    • 08:49 AM
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  • I have been getting the same pain in my right eye too for the past month
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  • I would suggest you to wash you eyes many time with natural cold water. Add drops of rose water in the eyes. Avoid facing laser , high intensity of light, and pollution, smoke etc. Take proper sleep and keep it cover for some time.
    rooshidavid 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • My Eye Doctor said that it is caused by a dry spot. But that does not seem to make sense to me. My eyes are never dry. I haven't read the whole thread yet, but I started having severe eye pain in my right eye 7 1/2 years ago - it felt like someone took an ice pick to me, four times in a row. Two weeks later it started up again and it hasn't stopped since then. It starts as soon as I wake up in the morning and lasts until I go to sleep at night. A few months later it hit my left eye, but they are never at the same time. I have been to more specialists than I can count on both hands and feet. Went to Mayo five years ago - they said we can tell you every thing that isn't causing it, just what isn't. They used to occur every few seconds during the day, lasting a split second, but with all of the seizure medication and oxycontin I take it is down to every few minutes - relief of some kind. I have had attacks that lasted 25 minutes. I have developed many other nerve pain issues in the meantime and am headed back to Mayo in July. Anyone ever heard of this or am I one in a billion living a life of ***l
    LALady 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • I've been having a sharp pain in my right eye for over a year. It feels like a sharp sliver of metal just flew into my eye. The feeling is so sharp it often makes me snap my head back in reaction to it. But the pain lasts only an instant. I've been to both my MD & Opthamologist and neither can find any reason for it. I tried using liquid tears just in case it was caused from dryness but that didn't do anything, so I don't think that's what it is. I stumbled onto this site hoping to find an explanation.
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  • I have also same problem when i have dry eyes. I take advice from my MD and Ophthalmologist they not find any reason for it. I used some liquid bu myself but pain is as it is.
    elliottmatthew 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • My Eye Doctor said that it is caused by a dry spot. But that does not seem to make sense to me. My eyes are never dry.I told my eye dr same thing "never dry" she replied sometimes a sign of dry eyes is too much tearing. it is the eyes way of compensating. So I in protest started using eye drops and my eyes do feel better and don't seem to water as much.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 29, 2010
    • 01:48 PM
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  • I have been dealing with this for the past two years on a on/off basis. I have been to the doctor (opthamologists) several times. I keep getting the same answers. 1. you have extremely dry eyes. (It sure does not seem like it to me) 2. It is a migraine. They always tell me my eye looks fine and tell me to use eye wetting drops. The last doctor I saw said he has seen this in many patients over the years and never has found a answer for it. He coined it "Icepick pain" and basically told me to try not to worry and keep on with the eye drops. I think the only thing that helps me remain positive (Since I am a hypochondriac of sorts) is that the doctors do not seem to be finding anything wrong in our eyes. MAybe this is just some sort of mysterious pain that we get and just have to deal with. What I am trying to say is at least we dont have to start worrying we have brain cancer or a tumor or some sort of terrible thing like that. Hope you all find a answer, and if you do, post it here, ok?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 16, 2011
    • 10:24 PM
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  • I have been having the sharp pain like rubber band snapping. This winter I started having what I thought was an allergic reaction to the air in the warehouse where I work. What it has turned out to be is dry eyes. When the natural lubricants are diminished your eyes tear more. Most runs down the tear duct and into the nose so you may not be experiencing you eyes watering a lot but you may have allergy like eyelid irritations etc. I found a website, dryeyezone.com, and have been learning about the condition and some possible solutions. I was using liquid eye drops a lot. These really irritated by eye lids so the allergy symptoms were caused by me trying to fix the problem. Since finding this website I have learned some new self treatments, all very gentle. And I have begun trying the OTC eye drops for dry eyes that are a gel formula. They lube and protect my eyes and do not cause the skin and lid irritations I have had. (http://www.dryeyezone.com/encyclopedia/preservativeslist.html) I recommend this website for highly, this is tried and true advice.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 26, 2011
    • 05:13 PM
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  • I don't know if you all are experiencing what I know I am experiencing. I felt the first pain when walking down the street. It felt as if a razor or knife quickly slit my eyeball. This has happened several times since then. Unfortunately, if you are experiencing this, you have a pest problem. The problem is "no see-ums" aka punkies, midges. You can barely see these things because they are somewhat the color of skin and about the size of a quarter of a pen dot. To prove if this is your problem, go scratch your head, face over the sink, look get close to the sink and see if you see a tiny spec of something that you can barely see. Unfortunately everyone does not have the same reaction to these pain in the neck things. They bite like the dickens but are not attracted to all people. Good luck trying to get rid of them. I think, I'd rather have termites at least the pest control experts can get rid of them. Sorry that this could be your problem and hope that it is not.
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  • This happens to me when I have lower sinus pressure from a cold or sinus infection. Other websites also say its due to being overtired.
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