There are numerous potential causes of your eye hurting while blinking. To begin with, the cornea is vulnerable to scratching as a result of dirt getting caught in the eye or injury (burns, irritants, or trauma). In each case, flushing with a sterile saline solution or cold water is necessary (immediately, in the case of a chemical burn), followed by treatment and examination by an eye doctor.
Other potential causes of the eyes to hurt while blinking include:
- Conjunctivitis (inflammation of the clear membrane that covers the eye and underlines the eyelids
- Styes (infections of eyelash follicles or oil glands on the eyelid),
- Tear-duct infections
- Blepharitis (inflamed eyelids)
- Dry-eye syndrome
- Keratitis (corneal infection)
- Optic neuritis (inflamed optic nerve)
- Corneal ulcer
While most cases of eye pain while blinking can be treated with home remedies (flushing the eye with clean water, hot compresses, etc.), some causes of eye pain can cause permanent vision loss if left untreated.
If you are suffering from persistent eye pain while blinking, please schedule an eye examination with our experienced ophthalmologists at 732-349-5622. At Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates, we welcome patients from across New Jersey at our Marlboro, Toms River, Brick, and Barnegat offices.