Pain behind the right eye:The reasons for it and cure

Pain behind the right eye can be for prescribed reasons those can climb from dry eyes to sinus problems in the person feeling pain. Read our article details.


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pain behind the right eye

Never-ending pain behind my right eye:


If you are suffering from regular eye pain, it may or may not be severe but the weight behind the eyes is intolerable. This upsetting feel or unfriendly physical behavior might be an issue with face adjoining tissues. It can be unilateral or bilateral, which is on the right side, left side, or both sides accompanying the following symptoms.

  • Burning, or sting eyeball,
  • Stabbing pain and shooting in the eyes,
  • Dull ache,
  • Feeling like something is inside the eyeball.
Nearly everyone suffers pain behind the eye at some point in time, which may or may not be requiring treatment. But where you feel the throb is not always the same area of the problem. It can range from temples to forehead to the base of the neck.

Sometimes the problem is due to any problem with the eyelet or parts around it, like

  • Window in front of eye focusing light (Cornea)
  • The white part of the eyes ( sclera)
  • Covering of sclera or eyelid ( conjunctiva)
  • The colored part of the eyelet (Iris)
  • Eye socket in the skull where the eyes and its muscles are located (orbit)
  • Muscles controlling the movement (extraocular)
  • Nerves carrying messages from eye to brain
  • Moisture controlling parts (eyelids)

Reasons that cause stabbing pain behind my eye

Some reasons might cause pain behind the eye.

Migraines :

   Migraines are mostly associated with pain or pressure behind the eyes. It may also show symptoms like stabbing in the head, nausea, sensitivity to light, sensitivity to sound, or abnormal visions.

Headaches :

   Studies have revealed that pain and headache often go hand in hand. Types of headache-causing pain include:

  • Tensionheadache:  You might feel a sensation of tightening and contraction of muscles, rather than pulsing sensation. 
  • Cluster headache: This can cause symptoms like pain or swelling in the face area. This might also cause infection in the eyes.


Sinus disease :

   The sinuses are empty spaces in the skull, situated above, beneath, behind, and between the eyes. Issues with the sinuses regularly remember sentiments of pain around the face. It may be related to sphenoid sinusitis(the type of sinus infection). As per the data of Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), the symptoms for sinus infection include:

  • Throbbing pain and pressure on the back of the eyes.
  • A runny or wet nose
  • Problem in smelling
  • Pressure on the face muscles
  • Fever or cough
  • Headache making eyelid feel heavy
  • Sore throat
  • Sore eyes
  • Tired body
  • Bad breath

Grave‚Äôs disease : 

   This is a result of overactive thyroid gland causing tissues behind the eye to swell and then bulge the eyeball from the socket. This can also cause problems in the movement of the eyeball. This swelling may end up causing pressure on the eye. The swelling of the tissues behind the eye may result in a feeling of pressure. The symptoms of graves disease are :

  • Dry eyes
  • Eyes bulging out from the socket
  • Abnormal tearing up of the eyes
  • Sensitivity to light increases
  • Eye infections or ulcers
  • Abnormal visions or loss of vision
  • Swelling in the eyeball
  • Being unable to move the eye
  • Face injury: Injury to face might cause damage to the eye muscles, nerves and sinuses can cause following symptoms
  • Bulging or sinking of the eye into the socket
  • Black eye
  • Blurred, double or reduced vision
  • Numbness around the injured area
  • Pain while opening the mouth ( Flat cheek)
  • Swelling around the eyes
  • The eye appears to either bulge or sinks into the socket

Optic neuritis :

This is a condition in which the nerve that connects the eye and brain becomes swollen, commonly caused due to Multiple Sclerosis ( types of infection). 50% of people with Multiple Sclerosis or MS experience optic neuritis. Symptoms of optic neuritis include-


  • Reduced recognition of colors ( color blindness)
  • Blurred vision( after rising in body temperature)
  • The difficulty, while movement
  • The abnormal reaction by the pupil to light
  • Loss of vision in a single side
  • Reduced vision


Other Potential triggers include :

  • Eye stress, due to continuous use
  • Throbbing toothache, majorly due to infection
  • Ulcerations or abrasions on the cornea ( corneal damage)
  • Chemicals or particles in the eyeball
  • Oil-glands around the eye-getting infected ( Blepharitis)
  • Eye-redness or itching ( conjunctivitis)
  • Irritation due to blocked gland in the eyelid (Chalazion or stye)
  • Inflammation of the colored part of the eyelet( iritis)
  • Use of excess alcohol
  • Exposure to strong odors
  • Loud music or bright lights
  • Body fatigue
  • Hormonal disorders due to unknown reasons
  • Lack of sleep or infection 


Treatment for pain behind the eye :

Is it an emergency or routine pain, decide and treat your pain as an emergency. Don’t take any chance, this may cost you loss of your vision. Only an eye care professional can detect the reason behind the pain and treat it with expertise. See your doctor immediately in these particular conditions, those are

  • If you are suffering from a bacterial infection, the doctor will prescribe antibiotics to treat it.
  • For a long-term sinus infection, antibiotics might be prescribed for three to four weeks by the concerned doctor. These antibiotics are to boost the immune system, they don’t completely kill the viruses. Talk to the doctor in case of a constant sinus problem that does not go even after treatment. You might need surgery to treat the problem.
  • You can use salt and water solution to wash eyes to treat viral infection. Pain killers can help in relieving pain until the infection goes completely.
  • To treat the headache you can make use of painkillers such as aspirin (Bufferin, Bayer Advanced aspirin), acetaminophen (Tylenol), or ibuprofen ( Motrin, Advil). Some medicines use a combination of aspirin and acetaminophen with caffeine. Some doctors might prescribe stronger painkillers like narcotics, a muscle relaxer, or sumatriptan (Imitrex) or zolmitriptan (Zomig) to cure headaches.
  • In the case of Graves (explained above), the doctors will prescribe medication to stop hormonal growth in the thyroid gland. The doctor might also suggest the removal of the thyroid gland, in case of a serious condition.
  • When you are suffering from a problem of optic neuritis, the doctor might suggest steroids to reduce the swelling in the optic nerve.
  • Consult your doctor if you are suffering from a bite or problem of jaw alignment, to fix it by surgery.


5 killer tips for eyes pain-

Do to follow are-

  1. Wash your eyes with light tap water. Rinse them for at least 10 mins But in case of any chemical contact of the eyes, besides consulting the eye doctor.
  2. Open up the eyes to an extent that tears start rolling out of the eyes, to help wash the particle.

 Don’ts to follow are-

  1. Do not rub the eyes, if there is an unwanted dust particle making you feel like something in my eye. You might also have a corneal abrasion, and rubbing eyes would worsen it.
  2. Use some sort of bandage over your eye to cover the eye from any unwanted touch and infection to the eyes.
  3. Do not use any sort of medicine or ointment without the doctor’s instructions.


Wrap up by saying that this is not the complete data related to pain behind the right eye but it might surely be of help.  For other health-related problems we have blogs on Only Health Cares to help your needs. 


Stay healthy, stay safe.