Acute Pain in the Eye

Part of the Ocular Trauma book series (OCTRA)


A painful eye is not normal, is commonly associated with various sensations, and the accompanying symptoms may be indicative of an ocular emergency. Among those, accompanying vision problems and/or redness of the eyeball require special attention to prevent blindness. A differential diagnosis should be made at presentation by careful ophthalmic examination. Proper management should be instituted in a timely manner to obtain maximum benefit in a patient presenting with acute pain in the eye. This chapter aims to provide an overview on current approaches in an eye with acute pain and glaucoma, scleritis, uveitis, and corneal problems.


Similar to acute vision loss, red eye, and photophobia, acute pain in the eye is one of the typical symptoms of an ocular emergency. Although acute eye pain may result from numerous pathologies, an appropriate history will often help the ophthalmologist disclose the underlying disease.


Acute pain Glaucoma Scleritis Uveitis Corneal abnormalities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.World Eye HospitalAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of MedicineGazi UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  3. 3.Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of MedicineHacettepe UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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