If you’ve ever felt a needle-poking sensation in your eye, rest assured that you’re not alone. If the discomfort occurs only occasionally and lasts only briefly, it’s probably nothing to worry about; in fact, most people experience this sensation at some point in their lives with no lasting adverse effects. But if the discomfort happens frequently and causes pain or blurred vision, it could indicate underlying eye disease. The good news is that there are effective treatments available to help people with this condition lead full and healthy lives.
Things you can do to feel better
If you get needle-like sensations, there are lots of things you can do to help yourself feel better, from getting enough sleep to applying cold packs and keeping stress at bay. There are also several medical conditions that could be contributing to your eye discomfort. To find out more about these possible causes and treatments, read our expert-written guide on Needle Poking Sensation in the Eyes. With these helpful tips, you can determine what’s causing your eye pain and keep it from becoming a bigger problem. If your symptoms persist for more than two weeks, contact an eye doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
Ways to Relieve Feeling Like Something is Stuck in Your Eye
Everyone knows that feeling. You’re watching TV, reading a book, driving, or (let’s be honest) sleeping and suddenly you feel like something is stuck in your eye. Usually, it turns out to be some little bit of dust from your room, but other times it seems more like a strand of hair—and if you rub at it hard enough for long enough you’ll probably end up just pushing whatever it is further into your eyeball. If that happens to you often (or even occasionally), here are five ways to make sure that sensation goes away as quickly as possible
Other Reasons for the Needle Poking Sensation
If you can’t think of anything that’s going on with your eyes, then maybe it’s worth mentioning to your doctor. You never know what could be causing it. For example, have you been wearing contacts for too long without taking them out at night? While daily lenses are pretty comfortable these days, if they get really dry, they can start to feel like little pricks of pain deep inside your eye. If you wear glasses instead of contacts and don’t like taking them off at night either, that can also cause dryness, redness, and discomfort. Sometimes problems like blocked tear ducts, styes, and conjunctivitis (pink eye) are related to sensations like these.
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An eye exam consists of more than just checking to see if you can read 20/20 and see if your pupils are dilating properly. Many doctors also take note of any sensation you may be feeling as they perform their tests, especially any pain. That’s because one of the main indicators of serious vision problems is that patients report an increase in eyestrain, glare, and difficulty seeing small print or looking at lights. If these symptoms persist for longer than a few days and don’t seem to be tied to anything specific like an injury (for example your field of vision becomes blurry after you rub your eyes) it’s time to get them checked out.
Conclusion – You’re Not Alone!
It’s one of those things that no one wants to talk about, but it happens to a lot of people—particularly older folks. When I say needle-poking sensation in the eye, I mean feeling like there’s something foreign on your eyeball. For some it comes and goes; for others, it’s always there (ugh). And as someone who has experienced it my whole life—yes, even at my young age—I can tell you firsthand how upsetting (and sometimes just plain annoying) that sensation can be. But here’s something we can all agree on: we don’t know what causes that needle-poking sensation in the eye or why so many people get it.