Pain Question ?

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Bob, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. Bob

    Bob Guest


    74 year old male.

    Have cataracts in both that I guess will have to be attended to.

    Have been getting a pain, low level pretty constantly; now and then more
    substantial, in one eye.

    Not what is commonly considered eye-strain; a true pain.

    Saw a noted Opthamologist who I believe competent.
    Did a thorough exam, and said he could find nothing that would cause the

    Guess I'll be seeing another, though.

    Questions: Can Cataracts cause "pain" ?

    What are other (likely) possibilities ?

    Any thoughts would be most appreciated.

    Just for a bit more information, I also have retina tears that were
    laser treated several years ago.
    Have been stable, with no problems since.

    Bob, Oct 25, 2010
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    Guest Guest

    I suppose the cataracts are causing eyestrain, and yes eyestrain can
    cause "true" pain.
    Guest, Oct 26, 2010
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    Dr Judy Guest

    Cataracts willl not cause pain. Dry eye can cause low level
    discomfort. There are also some neurological disorders like
    trigeminal neuralgia and migraine that can cause pain around the eye
    area. Sinus problems and problems with teeth in the upper jaw can
    also cause pain in the eye area.

    Dr Judy
    Dr Judy, Oct 26, 2010
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    Neil Brooks Guest

    It would usually be pretty easily relieved, and diagnosed, by
    instilling a reasonably strong cycloplegic drop.

    If the cataract IS affecting your vision, then your ciliaries COULD be
    trying too hard to accommodate (ie, ciliary spasm).

    If the ophthalmologist truly did a good job, it's likely he/she would
    have used cycloplegics (a/k/a dilated your eyes).

    Were they dilated ? WAS the pain relieved ?
    Neil Brooks, Oct 27, 2010
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    ShadowTek Guest

    I have small points of retinal swelling in the centers of my eyes, and I
    sometimes feel pinching sensations at the back of my eye.

    I'm guessing it's related.
    ShadowTek, Oct 28, 2010
  6. Bob

    Dr Judy Guest

    There are no pain receptors in the retina, retinal edema will not
    cause pain.

    Dr Judy
    Dr Judy, Oct 28, 2010
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