Eye pressure buildup can be a painful and irritating experience. Anyone who’s familiar with eye pressure will tell you that it can ruin your motivation just as fast as a headache or a toothache.
But often times it’s unclear where this uncomfortable feeling is coming from. Too many times, we ignore the discomfort, and tell ourselves that the pressure is only a result of tired or strained eyes.
But the real cause of eye pressure is much more complicated than that. While some causes originate within the eye itself, the vast majority of causes originate in another part of the head. Here are some of the most common symptoms of eye pressure:
Sinus infections. Sinus infections are the result of germs getting into the spaces between your nose, eyes and cheeks.
These germs cause your sinuses to swell and drain, which is why your nose will run, and you can experience headaches and stuffiness.
Along with stuffiness, the swelling can create pressure behind your eyes. Sinus infections can be treated with antibiotics, nasal decongestants, or antihistamines.
Tooth pain. On paper, it seems like your teeth should be the last thing to affect your eyesight, but the reality is that a problem with your mouth can irritate nerves all around your head.
Has a particularly nasty toothache ever triggered pain in your ears? Or a massive headache? The same can happen with your eyes.
A misalignment with your jaw or a sore tooth can make the muscles in your face tense up harder, which in turn can create pressure behind your eyes.
Besides visiting your dentist, you can treat a toothache with salt water rinses, cold compresses to the face and jaw area, and by taking over-the-counter pain relievers.
Headaches. Headaches, especially tension headaches, can be a major catalyst of increased eye pressure.
Tension headaches affect nearly 80 percent of people around the world, and unlike cluster headaches that produce sharp, extremely painful feelings, tension headaches cause a more dull ache in the head and behind the eyes.
Headaches are usually caused by contractions of the head and neck area, but can also be related to certain activities, foods, and stress.
Eye Injury. Direct trauma to the eye can also cause hypertension. Injury to your eye has a chance to affect the balance of aqueous production and drainage in the eye which can lead to a buildup of the aqueous humor inside the eye, leading to increased pressure.
Often this imbalance can occur weeks, months, or even years after the injury, which means it is all the more important that you disclose any ocular injury you may have experienced with your doctor during examinations.
Eye pressure is never fun to deal with, and in today’s busy world, the discomfort that it brings can only serve as a distraction. That is why we must all do the best we can to take care of our eyes, even when taking care of them means taking care of the rest of our body as well.
The next time you start to feel pressure behind your eyes, don’t just dismiss the feeling! Assess yourself, because this eye pressure may be the byproduct of another issue.
If you are experiencing eye pressure, or any other discomfort in your eyes, talk to your eye doctor today! It’s never too late to start practicing good eye health.