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Sharp pains in eye as if a needle has gone into it then it goes bloodshot?


Why do I get sharp pains in my eye as if a needle has gone into it then it goes bloodshot?

Answer Written answer:

The likeliest cause is that a greater number than normal of cells from the cornea have sloughed off suddenly, and because your cornea is very sensitive you get a sharp pain. The front surface of your cornea is continually replacing cells for those that have come off just like skin cells. Sometimes a larger group of them comes off due usually to your cornea being dry.  It often happens more at night or when you wake up in the morning. The treatment is to use lubricating eye drops (artificial tears) that you can buy over the counter or from your optician, and put them in frequently particularly at night and just before you go to bed. You might need to use them for a number of weeks depending on your symptoms.  If your eye is otherwise red, gritty, sensitive to light or the vision is affected you may have an eye infection and should see your optometrist or GP.

We recommend you seek professional advice if you are concerned about your eye health:

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Optician's Biography

Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 35 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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