Pressure in or around the eye is relatively common, but may be caused by many different things. Most commonly pressure that feels as though it is behind your eye is from sinus pressure. If you have recently had a cold, sinus infection, or allergies this may be the cause of your eye pressure. If changes in posture, like bending over to tie your shoes, cause an increase in the pressure/pain it is possibly sinus pressure. For accurate diagnosis we recommend an eye health examination.
The eye does have a normal internal pressure that helps the eye to keep it's shape among other things. A normal eye pressure is 10-22. Much like high blood pressure, you cannot feel when the pressure in your eye is too high. To accurately measure the internal pressure of the eye an eye exam is required. If the internal pressure of the eye exceeds 60 this will cause severe pain, nausea/vomiting and reduced vision. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should report to our office or the Emergency Room immediately for evaluation. This may be related to a type of glaucoma called narrow angle glaucoma, where the drain of the eye closes off preventing fluid from escaping the eye.
Our doctors at EyeTech Optometry, in Frisco Colorado, can determine the cause and start the most appropriate treatment for your eye pressure problems.
Dr. Ward and Dr Philpy regularly diagnose and treat eye injuries, infections, inflammations, burning, redness, pain, sensitivity, pink eye and remove foreign bodies from the eye.
Our doctors can treat, prescribe medication for and manage many different eye diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Diagnosis and Referral
For eye conditions like cataracts, retinal tears and retinal detachments that may require surgical or specialized care, our Optometrists provide initial diagnosis as well as referral, co-management and follow-up care in coordination with an Ophthalmologist.
Many eye problems like glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy don't have obvious symptoms in their early stages. Changes in vision are often so gradual that you unconsciously adjust to your sight without realizing your vision has changed. You may think you are seeing as well as you were a year ago and don’t have problems, but you can't be sure until you've had your eyes thoroughly examined.