My father is having constant pain in his head after eye surgery. Why?

Q. My father has a constant pain in head after eye surgery. Please give your expert advice.

Answered by
Dr. Vaibhev Mittal
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 16, 2017 and last reviewed on: Jun 28, 2023

Hi doctor,

My father, who is 53 years old, is suffering from diabetic retinopathy and has undergone vitreoretinal surgery. After the surgery, his eye (right) responded well. But now, there is a constant pain in his head. The doctors said that there is some pressure in the eye, which increases and results in pain in his head. Please give your expert advice on this issue and the best-suited medication. kindly help.



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The eye has got pressure known as intraocular pressure (IOP) just like your blood pressure. The normal eye pressure range is 10 to 21 mmHg. Beyond this pressure, the neurons present in the optic nerve (a nerve that connects eye to the brain) starts damaging leading to slow loss of vision. After VR surgery (vitreoretinal), especially if silicone oil is used, the eye pressure increases and it may cause headache, eye ache, vomiting, nausea, redness, etc. The treatment aims to keep the pressure in the normal range. The treatment mainly includes medical management in the form of eyedrops. If this fails, then surgery is advised as a last resort. Suggesting a medicine in this situation is very tough without either examining the patient or without reviewing the medical records. Having said that, it would have been better if you could share his case file. I may review it and discuss the condition better. I hope I have addressed your concerns. Feel free to reach out if you have any further questions.Thank you.


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