Sore eyes: The diagnosis

In order to make a diagnosis, the ophthalmologist needs the following information :

  • Since when do you have eye pain?
  • When and how did the pain manifest for the first time?
  • How often do the pains occur? Do you have eyes permanently, regularly or for example always at the beginning of a certain season of the year?
  • How long does the pain persist?
  • Are the pains always of equal intensity or do they vary?
  • Do you suffer from an eye disease or an allergy?
  • Do you take medications (if yes, which ones)?
  • Do other people around you suffer from eye pain?
  • Are there people in your family who suffer from intraocular pressure disorders (glaucoma)?

This information is important for the doctor to determine the cause of eye pain. To confirm his diagnosis, the ophthalmologist will carry out various examinations :

He will look at the appearance of the eyes and eyelids. Often he also examines the inside of the eyelids by folding them down and / or up.

Depending on the presumed cause of the pain, other examinations are sometimes necessary to make a precise diagnosis, for example:

  • Measurement of intraocular pressure
  • Allergy tests
  • Neurological examinations ...

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