Pressure behind right eye and eye pains

Some people would complain of feeling pain and pressure behind the right eye, or both. Most of these people are the ones that spend hours and hours in front of a computer, or sometimes the television. Sometimes they blame radiation, or stress, or fatigue. But what really causes these sensations?

The eye naturally produces a fluid called aqueous humor. This maintains the intraocular pressure (IOP) in the eyes. Sometimes, this fluid builds up in the eyes, causing an increase in IOP. When this happens, the optic nerve at the back of your eyes feel this pressure, and you, in turn, feel the pain it causes. This is the pressure behind the right eye that you feel. When this happens, it’s important the you visit the doctor immediately. You most likely will have glaucoma.

Glaucoma is an eye illness that’s usually characterized by pain or pressure behind the eyes. It’s a hereditary illness, and unfortunately, it is irreversible. However, if detected early, serious damage can be prevented and/or prolonged. Treatment for glaucoma includes eye drops that relive the pressure and relaxed the optic nerve, and surgery.

However, there is another case where the pressure behind the right eye is not glaucoma. Sometimes, if the person feeling the pain has allergies, or has flu/colds, then the pressure is more likely to be cause by inflamed sinuses, or sinusitis. Sinusitis can also create pressure or pain behind the eyes, sometimes accompanied by headaches too, and in this case, anti-inflammatory medicine could be used. Other ways of relieving pressure in the eyes are:

Rest well – Pressure behind the eye could also be felt when you haven’t had any decent sleep. Make sure you get plenty of rest so your eyes won’t feel too strained the next day.
Stay away from the computer/TV – Abstinence isn’t really the answer. You still can watch TV and still use the computer; just remember to moderate the time you use these gadgets. Radiation from the screens easily cause strain in the eyes, thus causing pressure and pain. If your work involves long hours in front of the computer, just remember the 20-20-20 rule: rest your eyes every 20 minutes by looking at something approximately 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This guarantees less strain for the eyes.

Eye drops – Over-the-counter eye drops can also relieve tired eyes. Make sure to use them in moderation, though.
Eye-exercise – Another way to relieve pressure behind the right eye (or left) is to stretch your eyes. Raise your eyebrows for about thirty seconds, then slowly relax. Try not to blink as you’re stretching. Repeat this for about three to four times, then you can continue your work. A powernap could also help, or even a few seconds of shut-eye.