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For how long does the pain last each time? How is the vision in the right eye?
Any nausea or vomiting along with the eye pain? Any known history of glaucoma/migraine/sinusitis in the family?
The pain lasts less than a minute. The vision in the eye is fine. I have no vomiting and nausea. My mother is currently using Xalatan drops in her eyes . My father and most of his relatives wore glasses. I'm not sure what the diagnosis was for these family members.
Now there can be a lot of causes of severe eye pain which can vary from something as simple as fatigue to something more serious as glaucoma.
The causes as such are 1) ocular migraine- severe eye pain may or maynot be associated with headache/nausea/vomiting/visual aura such as flashes of light. Needs only analgesics for the treatment.
2) Sinusitis- The eye is surrounded by 4 sinuses and invariably the eye suffers a referred pain from inflammation of any of the sinuses. Responds well to analgesics , steam inhalation .
3) Intermittent stage of angle closure glaucoma- Severe eye pain , associated with nausea / vomiting, foggy vision. Aggravating factors are entering a dark room for example. Needs immediate attention and evaluation such as intraocular pressure check, fundus( dilated eye exam).
What are analgesics and steam inhalation and how often should I take them? I have had an eye exam and all of the tests were fine.
Analgesics are pain killers. Tablet Acetaminophen is safe enough to be taken to relieve the pain. The dosage is 500 mg twice a day or SOS till pain subsides. For steam inhalation, heat a vessel of clean drinking water till you begin to see vapours coming out. Bring the vessel off the stove and keep it on a table. Bend your face over the vessel at a safe distance while keeping the head covered by a towel( cover the head and vessel together while keeping some gap for fresh air). You may even find a vapouriser in the stores which can be directly plugged in ( electric one).
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No, I do not have any follow up questions. Thank you for your time and I will follow through with the analgesics and steam inhalation.
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