Pain When Moving The Eye Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

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.

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Contents

  1. 5 Possible Pain When Moving The Eye Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics
  4. Related Articles

5 Possible Pain When Moving The Eye Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced pain when moving the eye. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Corneal abrasion

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.

Rarity: Common

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

Orbital Cellulitis(https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/eye-disorders/orbital-diseases/preseptal-and-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...

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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.

Rarity: Uncommon

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

Anterior uveitis

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...

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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.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: severe fatigue, constipation, numbness, decreased sex drive, signs of optic neuritis

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain When Moving The Eye

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • 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?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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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 (a.k.a. the quiz).

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