Pain behind eye

Some patients complain of pain behind the eyes due to the feeling of pressure at the back portion of the eyes. The most common symptoms are pain that wears down the forehead and the temple area. Here are some of the causes of the pain behind the eyes:


Glaucoma is a disease of the eyes which affects the optical nerves. Glaucoma causes irreversible damage to the eyes leading to blindness. The optic nerve that is affected is that one which connects the back portion of the eyes and the brain. This is responsible for sending data captured by the eyes to the brain for interpretation.


Migraines is that headache which starts from mild to aggravated pain which causes discomfort to the patient affected. There are various types of migraine and the symptoms vary from person-to-person. The rare condition of migraine is ophthalmoplegic or migraine in the retina. This is when the patient feels pressure in the back of the eyes and on one particular side of the head and is often followed by troubles in eyesight.

Dry Eyes

Eyes have natural protection. There is a thin layer of fluid that protects the eyes by keeping it lubricated or moisturized. When the thin layer is not able to function well, the patient experiences dry eyes. A scratchy and burning feeling is felt and alongside, pain behind the eyes.

Optic Neuritis

Optic neuritis is that condition when the optic nerves responsible for transporting visual data to the brain, is inflamed. The transmission of this visual data is important for proper function of the eyesight. The main cause of this problem is attributed to viral or bacterial infection affecting the eyes. In some cases, loss of eyesight is the result.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Multiple sclerosis or most often abbreviated as MS is a medical condition when the body’s immune system acts on the myelin sheath. Myelin sheath is responsible for protecting the different nerves of the body. The importance of the said nerves is that they are responsible for reporting to the brain the different status of the organs of the body. When the immune system affects the optic nerves, the outcome is extreme pain in the eyes, akin to stabbing feeling, and followed by loss of eyesight.


Sinusitis is the inflammation of the sinuses. The hollow cavities inside the skull, above the nose and in the forehead area, usually air-filled region are called sinuses and are inflamed. This causes headache and pain in the area near the eyes and forehead. In some cases, the eyes become teary as a result of sinusitis.

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