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My husband is 70 and has experienced severe stabbing pain in

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My husband is 70 and has experienced severe stabbing pain in his right eye for a number of years intermittently. It has recently flared up after 7 years.
The pain in the past has been to the side of the head and the back of the eye. He has been treated for Trigeminal Neuoragia in various forms including the use of pain relief with accupuncture, and during his last bout he was precribed a drug which is the same drug used for epilepsy.
The pain is back with vengence but is more localised in the right eye. I am wondering if this could be something other than TN. I have recently read up on uveitis and see similarities. Can the pain with uvitis be as severe as the pain with TN. Can an optician diagnose this and is there any over the counter pain relief. My husband is allergic to asprin

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That is an excellent question.

Dr. Rick :

From what you have posted, his pain is most likely related to his TN. But, yes, a complete eye exam by an ophthalmologist would be able to easily rule out the presence of uveitis or other ocular condition.

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Usually with severe uveitis, the patient has severe photophobia (sensitivity to light), decreased vision in the affected eye, an aching/boring type of eye pain and, sometimes, if the pressure is high, nausea and vomiting.

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In my opinion it wouldn't hurt to have an eye doctor take a look at your husband just to be sure.

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