If your eyes hurt when you move them, this may be caused by damage to the cornea, also known as corneal abrasion. Read below for more information on why you may have eye pain with movement and how to find relief.
5 causes of pain when moving the eye
This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.
Corneal abrasion is a wound to the part of the eye known as the cornea. The cornea is the crystal clear (transparent) tissue that covers the front of the eye. It works with the lens of the eye to focus images on the retina.
Top Symptoms: blurry vision, sensitivity to light, constant eye pain, moderate eye pain, pain in one eye
Symptoms that always occur with corneal abrasion: pain in one eye, wateriness in one eye, constant eye pain
Urgency: Phone call or in-person visit
Orbital Cellulitis is an uncommon condition in which an infection has breached or circumvented the outer portion of the eye and affected the tissues of the orbit, also known a..
Foreign body in the eye
Foreign bodies like windblown grit, wood or masonry, or flecks of metal can land in the eye and get stuck there, causing extreme discomfort.
Top Symptoms: feeling of something in the eye
Symptoms that always occur with foreign body in the eye: feeling of something in the eye
Urgency: In-person visit
Uveitis refers to any inflammatory condition that causes swelling and destroys the tissues of the middle layer of the eye. It can occur in people of all ages, but primarily affects people between the ages of 20 and 60 years old.
Uveitis may be the result of eye problems or diseases, or i..
Multiple sclerosis (ms)
Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a disease of the central nervous system. The body's immune system attacks nerve fibers and their myelin covering. This causes irreversible scarring called "sclerosis," which interferes with the transmission of signals between the brain and the body.
The cause is unknown. It may be connected to a genetic predisposition. The disease usually appears between ages 20 to 50 and is far more common in women than in men. Other risk factors include family history; viral infections such as Epstein-Barr; having other autoimmune diseases; and smoking.
Symptoms include numbness or weakness in arms, legs, or body; partial or total loss of vision in one or both eyes; tingling or shock-like sensation, especially in the neck; tremor; and loss of coordination.
Diagnosis is made through patient history, neurological examination, blood tests, MRI, and sometimes a spinal tap.
There is no cure for MS, but treatment with corticosteroids and plasma exchange (plasmapheresis) can slow the course of the disease and manage symptoms for better quality of life.
Top Symptoms: severe fatigue, constipation, numbness, decreased sex drive, signs of optic neuritis
Urgency: Primary care doctor
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Questions your doctor may ask about pain when moving the eye
- Does light bother your eyes more than usual?
- Do you feel like there is something in your eye?
- Have you noticed any vision changes?
- Do your eyelids feel sticky?
Self-diagnose with our free Buoy Assistant if you answer yes on any of these questions.
Pain when moving the eye symptom checker statistics
People who have experienced pain when moving the eye have also experienced:
- 10% Headache
- 9% Eye Pain
- 7% Pain In One Eye
People who have experienced pain when moving the eye were most often matched with:
- 46% Orbital Cellulitis
- 38% Foreign Body In The Eye
- 15% Corneal Abrasion
People who have experienced pain when moving the eye had symptoms persist for:
- 47% Less than a day
- 31% Less than a week
- 11% Over a month
Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant.