Q. I have slight pain when I move my left eye. What could cause this?

Answered by
Dr. Asha Barboza
and medically reviewed by Dr. Preetha J
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 24, 2020

Hi doctor,

I am 18 years old. I have slight eye pain when I move my left eye only, and it feels like there something in behind; my eyes are not too red. Last week at five o clock, I cannot control my left eye when I woke up. It feels like something preventing my eye. After 5 to 10 minutes, it came back to normal. Last week seems a kind of more pain than now. Until that, it did not happen again. There are no changes or problems with vision in my eyes, and I do not experience any headache. I cannot go to the hospital because of this pandemic. Please help me.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

Thanks for writing in. Sorry to hear about your issue. I did not quite understand what you mean by you could not control the eye.

  • Do you mean the movement of the eye?
  • Do you have any history of a stuffy nose, blocked nose, or sinusitis?
  • Is the eye red now?
  • Is it pain as something has fallen into the eye?

If you have sinusitis, try steam inhalation for five days, twice daily.

What I want you to do is find a red object like a red T-shirt. Perhaps, close each eye and compare any difference between the color seen between the right and left eye. If there is a difference, you might have to meet a neurologist.

If not, you can use an anti-inflammatory eye drop like Bromfenac eye drops a day thrice for one week and see if that helps.

I would like to see a photo of your eyes if possible. Just reply to this message.

Thank you, doctor, for your reply.

I always have a stuffy nose, and sometimes I cannot breathe on the other side of my nose. In my eye, something is pressing on the tear duct of my left eye. My color vision is fine.



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

According to the second and third photos, there appears to be a bump in the inner corner of the left eye (attachment removed to protect patient identity) you sent. It might be a cyst or a hordeolum, or punctal inflammation. Try a hot compress twice a day for five days along with Moxifloxacin eye drops every three hourly from 7 am to 10 pm for one week. You can still use the Bromfenac eye drops I mentioned earlier if the pain is unbearable. Let me know how you are in five days.

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