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What might cause an occasional sharp pain in the eye? Once every week or so I get a sudden sharp pain, always in my left eye. It feels similar to an eyelash, but is worse and is not caused by anything in my eye. I do not have insurance right now, is this

What might cause an occasional sharp pain in the eye? Once every week or so I get a sudden sharp pain, always in my left eye. It feels similar to an eyelash, but is worse and is not caused by anything in my eye. I do not have insurance right now, is this

Pain: Pain in the eye like you described can be caused by dry eyes or by misdirected eye lashes. Try artificial tears first. You can buy artificial tears over the counter. If eye drops do not help, then you should see an eye doctor who will use a microscope to determine the cause of your eye pain. If there is a misdirected lash, your eye doctor can remove it.

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Eye Pain (Definition)

Depends on further explanation by history and findings on evaluation and examination. An ophthalmologist can resolve this issue ...Read more


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Frequent sinus headaches, occasional sharp pain in right ear, feels like something in right eye, pain in jaw and back of head/neck. What is this?

Frequent sinus headaches, occasional sharp pain in right ear, feels like something in right eye, pain in jaw and back of head/neck. What is this?

See your Dentist: You need to see a dentist or oral surgeon immediately. Without radiographs and a physical exam, it is impossible to say what is causing this pain. You could have one of the following issues: impacted wisdom tooth, infected tooth, sinus infection, fractured jaw, neuralgia, or a tumor. It sounds like a tooth issue, but your dentist can help diagnosos your problem.

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What causes sharp pain in eye?

What causes sharp pain in eye?

It depends: May possible causes, but if it lasts a short time (seconds) most likely this is dry eye (most common). If the vision is not affected, you can try artificial tears or warm compresses over the closed eyes.

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Sharp pain in eye and throbbing VERY PAINFUL and I tried flushing out but not working.

Sharp pain in eye and throbbing VERY PAINFUL and I tried flushing out but not working.

Scratch?: You may have a scratched cornea, an abrasion, or even a foreign body, all of which would not just be "flushed" out with water or an eye irrigant. It is best for you to have a quick care MD check out your eyes (after hours I presume) and they can tell you what's going on. If the doctor needs an ophthalmologist to see you, arrangements can be made. Good luck.

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What could be the cause and relief of a sharp pain behind my right eye? Pain is stronger when I move

What could be the cause and relief of a sharp pain behind my right eye? Pain is stronger when I move

Difficult to answer: Many different potential causes. Should be evaluated in the office if persisting.

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I am having eye pain and headaches. Eyes are also itchy along with the stinging and sharp pain. Hurts to move/ sensitive to light. What could this be?

I am having eye pain and headaches. Eyes are also itchy along with the stinging and sharp pain. Hurts to move/ sensitive to light. What could this be?

Migraine: Your symptoms could be due to migraines. Also, you might have some allergy. It is advisable to see your primary physician for further investigation and treatment.

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Sudden sharp pain in right nasal all the way up jaw line and side of right head and neck. Moderate sharp headache on the right side only. Rt eye pain?

Get it checked out: It may be trigeminal neuralgia however it could be problems with your sinuses. See your Physician and get the appropriate diagnosis and treatment

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What causes pain above eye, sharp pain going up back of head and neck pain and occasionally facial irritation, had cervical MRI deg disc dis bone spur?

What causes pain above eye, sharp pain going up back of head and neck pain and occasionally facial irritation, had cervical MRI deg disc dis bone spur?

Neck vs Head: This could be occipital neuralgia where the pain originates from the occipital nerves in the back of the head and travel over the top to right above the eye. The other option would be that this could be coming from your neck due to the high cervical facets at c2/3 and c3/4. The nerves exiting this area can wrap around back of head and attach to the same place as occipital nerves.

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I am having difficulty breathing and swallowing. I have a sharp pain occasionally shooting through my head and I easily get tired. Do I need a doc.

I am having difficulty breathing and swallowing. I have a sharp pain occasionally shooting through my head and I easily get tired. Do I need a doc.

Difficulty breathing: Difficulty breathing and feeling tired may be signs that your asthma is not being treated effectively and seeing your doctor may be a good thing. Other symptoms can be evaluated as well.

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Occasional dizziness for 5 seconds after standing up, followed by ringing in ear and a sharp pain on my top right side of my head. Should I see a doc?

Occasional dizziness for 5 seconds after standing up, followed by ringing in ear and a sharp pain on my top right side of my head. Should I see a doc?

Dizziness: Yes, you should see a doctor. The dizziness could be from standing up too quickly and a drop in your blood pressure, but could be a sign of other issues, which need to be more thoroughly evaluated. The ringing in the ear and pain that you described may be an associated symptom but also needs further exploration.

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What could cause sharp pain in my eyes?

What could cause sharp pain in my eyes?

Dry eye syndrome: Commonly can be a culprit for occasional sharp pains felt on the eye. When the corneal epithelium (top layer of the cornea) becomes desiccated from excessive drying, the corneal nerves can become sensitized giving one the sensation you describe. Of course other vision threatening ocular diseases can cause this problem and you should be evaluated by your ophthalmologist for definitive diagnosis.

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What are the causes of a sharp pain behind the eyes?

Depends: Sharp pain behind the eyes can be due to many issues: most common is dry eye. Much less common causes: infection, inflammation, sinusitis, tumor.

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I get periodic sharp pain in my eye.?

I get periodic sharp pain in my eye.?

Eye pain: Best to have your doctor check your eyes and determine the cause of your pain.

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What does sharp pain behind eye be diagnosed as?

What does sharp pain behind eye be diagnosed as?

Depends: Sharp pain behind the eyes can be due to many issues: most common is dry eye. Much less common causes: headache, migraine.Infection, inflammation, sinusitis, tumor.

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Eye feels funny after sharp pain on right side top head.?

Eye feels funny after sharp pain on right side top head.?

Eye pain: Head pain and eye pain may occur with a migraine headache, sinus headache, TMJ disorders, or cluster headaches. If the pain is severe, see your primary doctor.