Ocular neuralgia

La ocular neuralgia refers to that pain that sometimes some people experience around the eyes or move them. Ocular neuralgia is not a disease, it is a symptom that is associated with various conditions such as conjunctivitis or the ocular dryness.

El eye pain It can be very annoying and depending on its origin it can be accompanied by others symptoms like headache, photophobia o vision disturbances.

Diagnosing the cause of ocular neuralgia in time is essential to prevent major complications, such as optic nerve damage.

Ocular nuralgia

La ocular neuralgia refers to that pain that sometimes some people experience around the eyes or move them. Ocular neuralgia is not a disease, it is a symptom that is associated with various conditions such as conjunctivitis or the ocular dryness.

El eye pain It can be very annoying and depending on its origin it can be accompanied by others symptoms like headache, photophobia o vision disturbances.

Diagnosing the cause of ocular neuralgia in time is essential to prevent major complications, such as optic nerve damage.

What is ocular neuralgia?

Ocular neuralgia is the term used in medicine to refer to eye pain that usually is accompanied by headache.

It is a very common nuisance that can be produced by factors like the Stress, fatigue, anxiety y excessive use of digital screens. In most cases, optic neuralgia can be triggered after a very hectic day. 

Optic neuralgia usually affect women more that to men, especially from 50 years of age. However, when this discomfort is very intense and occurs persistently, it is important to pay close attention, since there may be a greater problem behind it.

When in doubt, the best will be attend the neurophthalmologist to get a specific diagnosis.

Why does it occur?

Persistent ocular neuralgia causes intense discomfort in eyes and head and may be associated with different ophthalmological diseases, the most prominent are the following:

Neuritis

La optic neuritis is inflammation of the optic nerve, a very important condition that must be treated as soon as possible to prevent partial or total loss of vision.

Identifying the symptoms of ocular neuritis is important to recognize this disease and act on time:

  • Pain ocular when moving the eye.
  • Lost abrupt Of vision.
  • Alterations in the perception of depth
  • Exchanges in the perception of brightness and color.
  • Changes in the pupil.
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Inflammation of the optic nerve may be caused by non-ophthalmic conditions such as immune system failure what causes the demyelination of nerve fibers for diseases like multiple sclerosis.

Glaucoma

El glaucoma is Increased intraocular pressure and this affects the functioning of the optic nerve.

Currently, glaucoma is one of the main causes of vision loss in Spain.

El acute glaucoma it is one of the conditions that can cause ocular neuralgia accompanied by blurred vision, red eye, nausea, and vomiting. Getting an early diagnosis is the key to preventing glaucoma from causing total loss of vision.

Dry eye syndrome

Un tear production deficit it can cause dryness of the eye surface, what we know as Dry eye syndrome. If the pathology persists we will call it severe dry eye syndrome.

This condition is chronicle and so far it has no cure, but it can be treated with the use of artificial eye drops and tears that help calm the symptoms.

People with dry eyes experience intense episodes of ocular neuralgia, foreign body sensation inside the eye, sensitivity to light, headache and excessive tearing.

Conjunctivitis

La conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva, the transparent tissue that covers and protects the sclera, the white part of the eye.

When a person has conjunctivitis, in addition to eye pain, Presents excessive tearing, redness of the sclera, yellowish discharge, legañas and feeling of having grit or a foreign body inside the eye.

Anxiety

Many people get used to living a hectic pace of life in which worries and fears predominate. Many times stress, without warning, becomes a generalized anxiety disorder.

This condition is one of the main causes of ocular neuralgia not associated with ophthalmic diseases directly.

Other causes of ocular neuralgia

  • Infections of the cornea.
  • Incorrect use of glasses or contact lenses.
  • Allergies
  • Irritation from sun exposure.
  • Flu.
  • Neuropathies 

Symptoms of ocular neuralgia

Depending on its cause, optic neuralgia may be accompanied by different symptoms.

The general malaise of ocular neuralgia can be described as a constant pain around the eyes It can become sharp or sharp.

It can also be accompanied by other symptoms, such as: 

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache.
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of vision
  • Discharge, excessive tearing, or blemishes.
  • Ocular redness
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Treatment of ocular neuralgia

The treatment of ocular neuralgia consists of stop the pain by administering drugs analgesics o anti-inflammatory.

When pain is not temporary, but occurs constantly and intensely, it is essential go to the ophthalmologist to rule out major complications. 

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