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Your Severe Eye Pain May Also be Known as:
Extreme eye pain
Eye extremely painful
Eye hurts extremely
Eye hurts severely
Eye hurts unbearably
Eye severely painful
Eye unbearably painful
Unbearable eye pain

Top 3 Severe Eye Pain Causes

  1. 1.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.

    You should visit the ER if the pain is bad or the injury to the eye is severe. Otherwise, you can use any pain relieving eye drops and your eye should heal in 1-3 days.

    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:
    Self-treatment

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  2. 2.Acute Close - Angle Glaucoma

    Acute, close-angle glaucoma is caused by a rapid or sudden increase in pressure within the eye that occasionally results in permanent blindness.

    You should proceed to an Emergency Room as prompt treatment is key to preventing optic nerve damage and vision loss.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    headache, nausea or vomiting, being severely ill, vision changes, blurry vision
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  3. 3.Welder's or Tanning Bed Burn of the Eyes

    A welder's or tanning bed burn is damage to the eye from high-intensity ultraviolet (UV) light, like a sunlamp or welder's arc.

    You should go to the nearest urgent care center, where a doctor can perform a complete eye examination, apply pain-relieving eye drops, and prescribe cold compresses, rest, and ibuprofen for pain relief.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    eye redness, wateriness in both eyes, pain in both eyes
    Urgency:
    In-person visit

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Severe Eye Pain

  • Q.Is your eye swelling come-and-go?
  • Q.How swollen is your eye?
  • Q.Is your eye swelling getting better or worse?
  • Q.How long has your eye been swollen?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our severe eye pain symptom checker.

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Severe Eye Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced severe eye pain have also experienced:

    • 25% Swelling of the Eye Area
    • 25% Awareness of Loss of Memory
    • 25% Severe Headache
  • People who have experienced severe eye pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 50% Less Than a Day
    • 28% Less Than a Week
    • 10% Over a Month

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