Pressure behind one eye: is it still normal?

People who spend a lot of time in front of a television or a computer often complain of pain in the eyes, sometimes the feeling of pressure behind the left eye. It could be because of strain and stress, but it could also be caused by more serious illnesses.

The eye is the organ that’s most easily abused by many. People refrain to use eye glasses when they should, or they overwork their eyes by reading with little light or by staring at the tube for long hours. Aside from the stress and strain, sometimes, the pressure in our eyes increase because of uncontrollable factors, like the body overproducing aqueous humor, or your eye fluid. When this happens, it builds up pressure and causes serious damage to the optic nerves behind your eye, thus creating that painful pressure behind the left eye (or right). When this happens, you need to see the doctor ASAP because you might just have a serious illness called glaucoma.

Glaucoma, usually characterized with pain or pressure behind the eyes, is caused by the built-up pressure on your optic nerves. Not many people know of it, unfortunately; even a less fortunate fact is that it is hereditary, or can be passed on from father to son, mother to daughter. This eye illness is serious and can lead to complete blindness if not treated as soon as possible. Sadly, there are no early symptoms, so it really can’t be prevented. However, there are some steps that could be taken to lessen the damage as time passes. That’s why it’s imperative to consult an ophthalmologist as soon as the pressure behind the left eye is felt.

Less serious illnesses that are characterized by pressure behind the eye are sinusitis and allergic rhinitis. In both cases, afflicted people complain of pressure behind the eye and ear, and sometimes even headaches. These are easily treated with prescription eye drops, or anti-inflammatory drugs for reliving the sinuses and soothing the allergic reaction.

For pain the in eye caused by stress and strain, there are a few ways to relax the eye and ease the pressure:

Less time from TV and computer – The radiation from the television and computer screen can easily dry out the eyes, thus causing pressure and strain. One way to ensure your eyes are rested, specially if long hours staring at the computer cannot be avoided, is the 20-20-20 rule. This rule is used by artists to make sure their eyes are relaxed every now and then. Try looking at something about 20 feet away for 20 seconds, at 20-minute intervals. This activity changes the focus of your eyes, thus reducing strain.
Eye drops – There are some over-the-counter eye drops that can be used to relieve pain and pressure from the eyes. Just make sure they are safe by consulting the pharmacist, or better yet, talk to your doctor.
Eye-stretching – Stretching the eyes can greatly bring relief to tired, strained eyes. By raising your eyebrows for about 30 seconds, you relieve the eyes of pressure and it relaxes your nerves.
Sleep – Nothing beats pressure like a good night sleep. Make sure you’re always well-rested. Within the day, powernaps can also do the trick.
Cold water therapy – A quick splash of cold water can temporarily relieve pain in the eyes. This relaxes the nerves and muscles surrounding the eyes, giving you a refreshed feeling.

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