How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask pippistrellodaqua Your Own Question

pippistrellodaqua
pippistrellodaqua, Optometrist
Category: Eye
Satisfied Customers: 134
Experience:  Specialty in contact lenses, medical eye management, LASIK
Type Your Eye Question Here...
pippistrellodaqua is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Hi , every now and then I get a stabbing pain in my eye. It

Resolved Question:

Hi , every now and then I get a stabbing pain in my eye. It only lasts for a few moments and does not effect my vision. No redness, etc.. It happens occasionally not all the time. What isbthis from? I am worried about a brain tumor or MS.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  pippistrellodaqua replied 1 year ago.

pippistrellodaqua :

As an optometrist I often have patients who report to my office with pain in the eye. To fully assess any risk I have a few follow-up questions. 1 How many times per day does this happen? 2 How long does the pain last? 3 Is it in one eye or both? 4 Do your eyes feel gritty, itchy, burning or dry? 5 Do you wear contact lenses? 6 How long have you noticed this has been going on? (happening over a few days or over a few weeks, etc.)

pippistrellodaqua :

Conditions I want to rule out include: dry-eye, infections, inflammation, toxicity to medications or make-up, neurological conditions etc.

pippistrellodaqua :

I see you have entered the chat. Please feel free to ask any follow-up questions too.

Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts
Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts
Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye
Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye
pippistrellodaqua :

Is it always the same eye?

Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye
Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye

I think so, but not sure
Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye

I think so, but not sure
pippistrellodaqua :

Please rate the pain on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the worst pain you have ever felt.

Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye

I think so, but not sure
Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye

I think so, but not sure

Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye

I think so, but not sure

Umm.... 4-5
Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye

I think so, but not sure


Umm.... 4-5
Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye

I think so, but not sure


Umm.... 4-5
Hello?
Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye

I think so, but not sure


Umm.... 4-5
Hello?

pippistrellodaqua :

There are many conditions that can cause pain in the eye. What you're describing fits none of the scary conditions. I would not worry about MS or tumors based on how you have responded. MS almost always manifests in the eye with double vision or blurry vision due to optic nerve swelling.

Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye

I think so, but not sure


Umm.... 4-5
Hello?

Then what is it?
pippistrellodaqua :

Brain tumors will often cause loss of visual field in that a chunk of your vision may be missing out of one or both eyes.

pippistrellodaqua :

Honestly, I suspect dry eye related conditions are to blame here.

Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye

I think so, but not sure


Umm.... 4-5
Hello?

Then what is it?

Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye

I think so, but not sure


Umm.... 4-5
Hello?

Then what is it?

Is that painful?
pippistrellodaqua :

Dry eye can be very painful. The cornea is the front surface of the eye. It has many nerves that detect pain. If dryness or even make-up debris or something else in the tear film hits one of the nerves of the cornea the patient may feel a sharp pain.

Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye

I think so, but not sure


Umm.... 4-5
Hello?

Then what is it?

Is that painful?

Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye

I think so, but not sure


Umm.... 4-5
Hello?

Then what is it?

Is that painful?


Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye

I think so, but not sure


Umm.... 4-5
Hello?

Then what is it?

Is that painful?

What do I do?

pippistrellodaqua :

I recommend using an artificial tear that can be obtained over-the-counter. Something like a Systane or Blink brand tear will work well.

pippistrellodaqua :

These drops have no medication but act as a supplement to your tear-film.

pippistrellodaqua :

They can be dosed 2-4 times per day in each eye.

Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye

I think so, but not sure


Umm.... 4-5
Hello?

Then what is it?

Is that painful?

What do I do?


Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye

I think so, but not sure


Umm.... 4-5
Hello?

Then what is it?

Is that painful?

What do I do?

What if they don't work

pippistrellodaqua :

I suggest trying these artificial tears for a few weeks. If no improvement is noted I recommend using warm compresses and lid scrubs as well.

pippistrellodaqua :

Let me explain this. . .

pippistrellodaqua :

Warm compresses and lid scrubs help with the health of the eyelids and can be useful in cases such as yours.

Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye

I think so, but not sure


Umm.... 4-5
Hello?

Then what is it?

Is that painful?

What do I do?

What if they don't work


Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye

I think so, but not sure


Umm.... 4-5
Hello?

Then what is it?

Is that painful?

What do I do?

What if they don't work



pippistrellodaqua :

Take a wash cloth and put it under hot water for a few minutes.

pippistrellodaqua :

With your eyes closed you can rub gently at the base of the lashes and keep the heat on the eyelids.

pippistrellodaqua :

I know that it sounds rather simple, but proper hygiene of the eyes can help nearly every patient I see. It can even help with momentary pain.

Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye

I think so, but not sure


Umm.... 4-5
Hello?

Then what is it?

Is that painful?

What do I do?

What if they don't work




Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye

I think so, but not sure


Umm.... 4-5
Hello?

Then what is it?

Is that painful?

What do I do?

What if they don't work





Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye

I think so, but not sure


Umm.... 4-5
Hello?

Then what is it?

Is that painful?

What do I do?

What if they don't work

Hello?




Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye

I think so, but not sure


Umm.... 4-5
Hello?

Then what is it?

Is that painful?

What do I do?

What if they don't work

Hello?





pippistrellodaqua :

Try the artificial tears and lid scrubs and warm compresses.

pippistrellodaqua :

Please feel free to contact me again if there is still concern.

Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye

I think so, but not sure


Umm.... 4-5
Hello?

Then what is it?

Is that painful?

What do I do?

What if they don't work

Hello?






Customer: pain comes and goes, lasts a few moments then goes away or may happen again that day. Sometimes I go for a few weeks with no problem, then happens out of the blue. No contacts

One eye

I think so, but not sure


Umm.... 4-5
Hello?

Then what is it?

Is that painful?

What do I do?

What if they don't work

Hello?







pippistrellodaqua :

If there is still concern after you have tried the lid scrubs, warm compresses and artificial tears I would recommend an eye exam. Comfort is often obtained by these means and again, I do not suspect anything scary based on your responses. I suspect you will have great success with these methods.

pippistrellodaqua :

Please feel free to contact me again if there are other concerns. Thanks. Please consider positive rating when your question has been answered fully.

pippistrellodaqua, Optometrist
Category: Eye
Satisfied Customers: 134
Experience: Specialty in contact lenses, medical eye management, LASIK
pippistrellodaqua and other Eye Specialists are ready to help you
Expert:  pippistrellodaqua replied 1 year ago.
Our chat has ended, but you can still continue to ask me questions here until you are satisfied with your answer. Come back to this page to view our conversation and any other new information.

What happens now?

If you haven’t already done so, please rate your answer above. Or, you can reply to me using the box below.
Expert:  pippistrellodaqua replied 1 year ago.
Thanks again for being able to chat. I always appreciate the opportunity to answer questions live. Please don't forget to offer a positive rating regarding our conversation. If you still have follow-up questions don't hesitate to ask.

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
< Last | Next >
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Dan B.'s Avatar

    Dr. Dan B.

    Board Certified Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2903
    Eye surgeon experienced in cataracts, glaucoma, retina & neuro-ophthalmology
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DoctorDanB/2010-6-7_6228_just_answer_profile_picture_60_pixels.jpg Dr. Dan B.'s Avatar

    Dr. Dan B.

    Board Certified Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2903
    Eye surgeon experienced in cataracts, glaucoma, retina & neuro-ophthalmology
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/anupamadesai/2010-04-13_122313_Dr._A.S.Desai_new_photo.jpg Dr. A.S. Desai's Avatar

    Dr. A.S. Desai

    Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1903
    MS Ophthalmology with 11 years of surgical expereince
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/gsokoye/2009-10-28_181751_Dr._Stan.JPG Dr. Stan's Avatar

    Dr. Stan

    Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    895
    Johns Hopkins Fellowship Trained, Certified and Licensed Medical Physician and Surgeon
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/eyemd/2009-04-07_180315_pic.jpg Dr. Stevens's Avatar

    Dr. Stevens

    Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    629
    Board Certified Ophthalmologist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CO/CorneaDoc/2012-2-18_0390_photo6.64x64.jpg Dr. Susan's Avatar

    Dr. Susan

    Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    217
    Board Certified & Fellowship trained eye surgeon.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/neuph94/2009-10-11_164729_gif_pic.GIF Dr. JP's Avatar

    Dr. JP

    Ophthalmology, Oculoplastic Surgery

    Satisfied Customers:

    28
    Harvard Medical School, Massachussetts Eye and Ear
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/JACUSTOMERjcufyksv/2012-3-13_44825_crop3.64x64.jpg Dr-Trace's Avatar

    Dr-Trace

    Board Certified Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    26
    Board Certified in General Ophthalmology