The feeling of pressure behind your eyes does not always arise from the problem within your eyes. It usually starts in the other part of your head. Although eye conditions can cause eye pain and vision problems, they do not usually cause depression. Even glaucoma, caused by excessive pressure inside the eye, does not cause the feeling of depression.
Eye conditions such as red eyes or allergies can cause eye pain, but not stress. The pain is usually accompanied by a stab wound, a burn, or a stab wound. Pressure behind the eyes sounds like a full-blown or expanded sensation inside the eye.
Continue reading to learn more about post-traumatic stress disorder and its causes and possible treatments.
Several conditions can cause post-traumatic stress disorder, including:
- Sinus problems
- Graves’ disease
- Optic nerve damage
Sinusitis, or a sinus infection, occurs when germs or germs enter the area behind your nose, eyes, and cheeks. These germs cause your nostrils to swell and your nose to fill with mucus. With a sinus infection, you will feel pressure on the upper part of your face, including the back of your eyes.
Other symptoms of sinusitis may include:
- Pain behind the nose, eyes, and cheeks
- Stuffy nose
- Mucus, which may be thick, yellow, or green, emanates from your nose
- Evil spirit
- A headache
- Ear pain or pressure
Two types of headaches, tension and headaches, can cause a feeling of pressure behind the eyes.
Tension headache is the most common type of headache, affecting about 80 percent of people.
Cluster headaches are an excruciating type of headache that comes and goes. You might have a headache for a few days or weeks, and then you may have a headache for months or years.
In addition to the pressure behind the eye, symptoms of a headache may include:
- A headache in your head that feels firm, painful, or intense
- Pain in the neck and shoulder muscles
- Red eyes, tears
- Redness or sweating on your face
- Swelling on one side of your face
- Lower eyelid
Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack the thyroid gland by mistake. This causes hunger to release more of its hormones. Graves’ disease affects the eye muscles, causing the eyes to bulge. Many people with this condition also experience depression behind their eyes, which is worse when they move their eyes. Additional symptoms may include:
- Eyes wide open
- Eye pain
- Feeling like there is something in your eye
- Red eyes
- Loss of vision
Independent infections such as multiple sclerosis (MS) or lupus can cause swelling or inflammation in the back of the eye. This inflammation can damage the optic nerve, which transmits visual information from your eyes to your brain. Optic neuritis can cause pain that you may feel, like pressure or pain behind your eye. You may also feel:
- Loss of vision in one eye
- Loss of side vision or colour vision
- The pain gets worse when you move your eyes
- Bright lights when you move your eyes
It may seem impossible for your teeth to irritate your eyes, but the problem with your biting or straightening of the jaw may cause you to tighten your facial muscles. This stiffness can cause headaches, which may include feeling pain and pressure behind your eyes.
Call your Doctor:
Call your doctor right away if you have any of the worst symptoms:
- High fever
- Loss of vision
- An excruciating headache
- Loss of sensation or movement in any part of your body
Your family doctor should be able to determine what causes you to feel stressed behind your eyes. They may also refer you to one of the following experts:
- Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT), a doctor who treats sinus problems and allergies
- Neurologist, neurologist and neurologist
- Ophthalmologist, specialist ophthalmologist
The doctor will start by asking about your symptoms, such as how the stress feels, how long you have had it, and what it may have caused. You may also need a test, which includes:
- Your doctor will insert a sedative into your nose during this procedure and apply a small, lighted area. The camera at the end of the screen allows your doctor to monitor any swelling or growth of your sinuses.
- This test uses computers and radio waves to take pictures of your brain and other body parts.
- CT scan. This scan uses X-rays to take pictures of your brain and other body parts.
- High-frequency sound waves create images of your thyroid gland or other structures within your body through ultrasound examination.
- Blood test. Your doctor may order a blood test to check your thyroid hormone level or check your immune system if you have an autoimmune disease.
- Detection of radioactive iodine. This test looks at thyroid disease, including Graves’ disease. Your thyroid uses iodine to make thyroid hormones. This test gives you a small amount of radioactive iodine and tests your thyroid gland with a special camera to see how much iodine is absorbing iodine.
If your doctor thinks the feeling of pressure is coming from your eye, you will need an eye examination. An eye specialist may be able to flash a bright light on your watch to check the health of your optic nerve and other structures within your eye.
For a jaw or dental problem, you will need to see a dentist. The dentist will examine your jaw and bite you to see if your discomfort is causing muscle stiffness and a feeling of pressure behind your eye.
Your treatment will depend on the cause of your symptoms.
With sinusitis, if the bacteria cause the infection, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics to treat it. With chronic (long-term) sinus infections, you may need to take antibiotics for three to four weeks.
Antibiotics will not kill germs. You can cure the infection by washing them.This solution is also known as saline solution. Decongestants and painkillers can also help alleviate your discomfort until the infection is gone.
Talk to your doctor if sinus pressure and other symptoms do not go away. You may need sinus surgery to treat the problem.
For headaches, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers, such as aspirin (Bufferin, Bayer Advanced Aspirin), acetaminophen (Tylenol), or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil). Other headache medications include aspirin or acetaminophen and caffeine or a sedative. For example, Excedrin Migraine includes aspirin, acetaminophen, and caffeine.
Your doctor may prescribe a powerful painkiller such as narcotic, muscle relaxer, or triptans such as sumatriptan (Imitrex) or zolmitriptan (Zomig) to help prevent or treat headaches.
If you have Graves’ disease, your doctor may prescribe medication that blocks your thyroid’s ability to produce hormones. Your doctor may also recommend radioactive iodine treatment or surgery to damage or remove your thyroid gland. After this treatment, you will need to take medication that will change the hormone that is no longer produced by your thyroid gland.
With optic neuritis, your doctor may prescribe steroid medications to reduce the inflammation of your optic nerve. If MS causes optic neuritis, your doctor may prescribe medications such as interferon-beta-1a (Avonex, Rebif, Rebif Rebidose) to prevent further nerve damage.
If you have a problem with itching or straightening the jaw, your dentist can perform a procedure to correct your alignment.
Your vision depends on what situation creates stress behind your eye. You will have a much better chance of relieving stress if you follow your doctor’s instructions carefully and take any prescribed medication.