Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on May 1, 2023.
Eye pain may be caused by a problem within your eye. A problem or condition in another body area can also cause pain that travels to your eye. Some causes of eye pain include dry eyes, inflammation, a sinus infection, or a cluster headache.
You may need any of the following:
- Artificial tears are eyedrops that can help moisturize your eyes and relieve your pain. Ask your provider how often to use artificial tears.
- NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions. Do not give these medicines to children younger than 6 months without direction from a healthcare provider.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell your provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
You may be referred to an eye specialist. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- Your eye pain gets worse when you move your eyes.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You have any vision loss.
- You have sudden vision changes such as blurred vision, double vision, or seeing halos around lights.
- You develop severe eye pain.
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