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Pain behind the eye when lying down.
Doodle posted:
My 96 year old mother in law has chronic dry eye and now is complaining of shooting pain behind her eyes when she lays down at night. She uses Visene tears to lubricate the eyes and has for years. She also has had cataract surgery with lens implant. She just told me about the pain and it is Sat. Will make an appointment Mon. I am an RN and want to know if I can do something to help.
Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi Doodle,

I'm sure Dr. Kozarsky will be responding soon but now that Monday has come and gone, I'm wondering how your mother-in-law's appointment went and how she's doing...?
Doodle replied to Caprice_WebMD_Staff's response:
We have an appointment on next Thurs. Her eyes have been better. Using an lubricant ointment at night has seemed to help. She has had a dry eye problem for years. I was concerned about glaucoma but she has none of the other symptoms of that.
She is also a bit of a hypochondriac also well documented so it is hard to assess her sometimes. Just the knowledge that she is going to see the Dr. seems to have alleviated a lot of the discomfort also. Thanks for your concern.
Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to Doodle's response:
Good to hear things have eased for your mother, Doodle.
Alan M Kozarsky, MD responded:
Sounds like the lubrication did the trick. And a visit to the eye doctor is a great idea just to be sure.
kittylooloo replied to Alan M Kozarsky, MD's response:
I have left eye pain which is worse when I lie down on my left side. It also radiates to my temple. I have had numerous eye tests and an MRI but it is still there.
Alan M Kozarsky, MD replied to kittylooloo's response:
It is impossible to know, based solely upon this description, exactly what is causing your discomfort.

I will assume that your normal eye tests included a full ophthalmological exam and your MRI showed no abnormalities. In the absence of any abnormality of your eye, I would wonder about a sinus issue or even a nerve based reason (neuralgia) for your discomfort. If you older than 50 years old I'm sure the doctors performed the tests to make sure you don't have temporal arteritis a condition which can cause tenderness in the temple area.

Some additional useful information would include your age, how long you have been having this problem, the type of discomfort (deep tooth ache type pain, foreign body sensation, vs ??), relief from medication, etc.
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elliebarnes responded:
Please consult your eye doctor and here am sharing some simple tips about this issue, it may help you.

What Causes Chronic Dry Eye and Ways to Prevent It?

Dry eye syndrome affects a person when the tears are not able to moisturized eyes properly. Many reasons such as poor tear quality, abated tear secretion due to several reasons like old age, post-menopausal condition, medical conditions which have affected the tear production and laser eye surgery or damaged tear gland. Eyelid disorders or infections and certain drugs also lead to dry eyes.
Preventive tips

  • Take frequent breaks from working on computers.
  • Use lubricating eye drops to maintain moisture in the eyes.
  • Use contact lenses wisely.
  • Make sure that the surrounding dust and dirt won't harm your eye.

Alan M Kozarsky, MD responded:
Dry eye discomfort is usually described as "sandy, burning, foreign body sensation, etc" Not deep pain.

If pattern of discomfort has changed then you have to rule out other more serious inflammation.

You were smart to make an ophthalmologist appointment.

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