Ocular and Orbital Pain for the Headache Specialist.

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Summary of "Ocular and Orbital Pain for the Headache Specialist."

Ocular pain is most commonly associated with redness and inflammation; however, eye pain can also occur in the absence of grossly visible pathology. Pain in the quiet eye can be the first sign of a number of threatening conditions. Many of these conditions such as intermittent angle closure glaucoma, carotid artery dissection, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, and giant cell arteritis can lead to permanent vision loss or blindness. In this review, ocular history and examination techniques are summarized. The article also reviews pertinent ocular, orbital, referred, and other causes of eye pain in the quiet eye. The neurologist and headache specialist should recognize when consultation with an ophthalmologist is necessary.


Department of Ophthalmology, University of Minnesota, 420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 493, Minneapolis, MN, 55455, USA.

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Name: Current neurology and neuroscience reports
ISSN: 1534-6293


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