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Doctor insights on: Stabbing Eye Pain When I First Try To Open My Eyes

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Dr. Jeffrey Gold
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Eye Pain (Definition)

Pain in the eye (that is not due to injury) may be described as a burning, throbbing, aching, or stabbing sensation in or around the eye. It may also feel as if there is a foreign ...Read more


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What can cause stabbing eye pain after sleep?

What can cause stabbing eye pain after sleep?

Can be dryness: If the pain is when you open your eyes, you may be experiencing dryness, or a recurrent erosion. If this is a common event an ophthalmologist can examine your cornea and see if you have a basement membrane disease that can cause this, and advise treatment. ...Read more

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Could my eye pain (sharp, stabbing pain in one fixed point above my cornea) have something to do with my use of contacts?

Could my eye pain (sharp, stabbing pain in one fixed point above my cornea) have something to do with my use of contacts?

Yes, but...: ...in ANY case, you need to seek medical care. Migraine headaches, foreign bodies & Herpes Virus are among the possible causes of your symptoms. Also, contact lens wearers are more susceptible to ocular infections and corneal abrasions than non-wearers. If you can't get in to see your eye care specialist promptly, you should go to an urgent care center or emergency department. Please! ...Read more

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I have lattice degen in my R eye. When I have eye pain that hurts to keep open, I get worried retina is detached. Eye dr says nothing is wrong. Signs?

I have lattice degen in my R eye. When I have eye pain that hurts to keep open, I get worried retina is detached. Eye dr says nothing is wrong. Signs?

Something else: Retinal detachment is very rarely painful, & when painful, is often associated with other, non lattice degeneration-related detachment problems. Your pain is most likely related to other ocular conditions such as corneal drying (dry eyes; meds side effects), migraine, contact lens related issues (if worn), eyelid conditions, environmental (wind, dust, allergy), or other. See your Eye MD for help ...Read more

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Eye pain 1 week, burning can't keep open, no itch, no discharge, vision change, woke up with bruise and swelling on eyelid?

Eye pain 1 week, burning can't keep open, no itch, no discharge, vision change, woke up with bruise and swelling on eyelid?

Ophthalmologist: Because you are experiencing vision changes and significant pain you should be seen in person by an ophthalmologist. There are multiple possible causes that need to be looked for through a detailed exam. Good luck ...Read more

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Any reasons why my eyes hurt in the morning and are difficult to open?

Any reasons why my eyes hurt in the morning and are difficult to open?

Dryness: If this is a chronic problem and the vision is normal and the eye is not red all the time, then it is likely due to insufficient tears and sometimes mild lid inflammation (blepharitis). Check with your ophthalmologist for the best treatment as these are conditions that can be fixed. ...Read more

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I have MS. My eyes hurt. It hurts to keep them open. What is this???

I have MS. My eyes hurt. It hurts to keep them open. What is this???

See doctor: If the pain has been present for more than a few days or is getting worse, see an ophthalmologist. I suspect that your problem may be from dry eyes which worsened when exposed to dry or windy weather. Try some artificial tear drop in the meanwhile. ...Read more