Eye pain with or without associated head or face pain is a common complaint to the ophthalmologist. The ocular exam may reveal the etiology (e.g., corneal disease, angle closure glaucoma) but typically the exam is normal. This paper reviews the evaluation and management of eye pain with a "normal" ocular exam, including: 1) subtle findings on ocular exam; 2) transient findings on exam, and 3) no abnormal ocular findings. Ophthalmologists should be aware of the various etiologies for eye pain and the specific and distinctive features that make the diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-199
Number of pages10
JournalSeminars in Ophthalmology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2003


  • Eye pain
  • Headache
  • Myositis
  • Trigeminal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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