Pain in the Eye

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Welcome to our guide on eye pain.

This guide will offer helpful information while you are awaiting further evaluation, or to supplement what you may have already learned after evaluation by your doctor. Please keep in mind that this guide cannot replace a face-to-face evaluation with your own health care provider.

First, we will try to determine if what you have is conjunctivitis (pinkeye). Conjunctivitis can feel uncomfortable. The surface of the eye may be itchy or irritated and the white part of the eye often turns red. Actual pain is not common with simple conjunctivitis.

My eye is


Irritated or itchy but not painful

Medical Reviewer: Shmerling, Robert H. MD Last Annual Review Date: 2006-05-04T00:00:00-06:00

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