• Shruti GOCHHWAL

5 Reasons You Might Be Experiencing Pressure In Your Eyes

Migraines And Other Headaches

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The American migraine foundation has reported that headaches and pain around the pressure in your eyes often occur together. However, they also say that most headaches are classified as migraine- or tension-type, and are not related to eye strain or related conditions.

Migraines are often associated with a feeling of pressure or pain behind the eyes.

Symptoms of a migraine include:

  1. pulsing pain in the head

  2. nausea

  3. vomiting

  4. sensitivity to sound

  5. sensitivity to light

  6. strange lights or sounds before the onset of a headache

Other types of headache include:

  1. Tension headaches. There will be a sensation of tightening and pressing, rather than pulsing.

  2. Cluster headaches. These will last for 15–180 minutes and frequently occur up to eight times a day. Infection, swelling, or pain in areas of the face, including the eyes, is common with cluster headaches.

Sinus Infection

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The sinuses are hollow spaces in the skull, located above, below, behind, and between the eyes.

People with an inflammed sinus often feel pain in and around the face.

One of the main symptoms of a sinus infection is throbbing pain and pressure around the eyeballs. At least one type of sinus infection — sphenoid sinusitis — is linked to an ache behind the eyes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other symptoms of a sinus infection include:

  1. runny or stuffy nose

  2. loss of sense of smell

  3. headache

  4. pain or pressure in the face

  5. mucus dripping from the nose down the throat

  6. sore throat

  7. fever

  8. cough

  9. tiredness

  10. bad breath

Graves’ Disease

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Graves’ disease is as a result of an overactive thyroid gland and causes the tissues, muscles, and fat behind the eye to swell. This causes the eyeball to bulge from the socket and can lead to other issues, such as being unable to move the eyeball.

The swelling of the tissues behind the eye may result in a feeling of pressure.

Common eye-related symptoms of Graves’ disease include:

  1. a feeling of irritation in the eyes

  2. dry eyes

  3. the eyes tearing up more than usual

  4. the eye bulging from the socket

  5. sensitivity to light

  6. double vision

  7. ulcers on the eye

  8. loss of vision

  9. swelling of the eyeball

  10. being unable to move the eye

Optic Neuritis

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Optic neuritis is a condition in which the nerve that connects the eyes and brain becomes inflamed and swollen. Side effects can include pain and temporary loss of vision, which usually peaks within a few days and can take 4–12 weeks to improve.

Symptoms of optic neuritis include:

  1. reduced vision

  2. color blindness, or colors appearing less vibrant

  3. blurry sight, especially after the body temperature has risen

  4. loss of vision in one eye

  5. pain in the eye, especially when moving it

  6. the pupil reacting unusually to bright light

Injury to the Face

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Injuries to the face, such as those sustained in car accidents or while playing sports, may lead to a feeling of pressure and pain behind and around the eyes.

Different types of fracture to the eye socket can cause damage to the eye muscles, nerves, and sinuses.

Some symptoms of eye socket fractures include:

  1. the eye appearing to either bulge or sink into the socket

  2. a black eye

  3. double vision, blurry vision, or reduced eyesight

  4. numbness in parts of the face around the injured eye

  5. swelling near and around the eye

  6. a flat-looking cheek, possibly with severe pain while opening the mouth

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