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What causes headaches with pain above eye sockets and sensitive to light?

I ve been having a constant low-grade headache, seems to be pain over my left eye socket, for a couple of weeks. Sometimes the pain will worsen, and expand to include the right forehead and the top of my head as well, also back left of the head, where I hit my head and got a moderate concussion 2 years ago. Occasionally, when the room is dark, and I move my eyes quickly all the way to the left, I ll see a quick flash of a ring of white light, appears to be on the right side of my left eye. Moving my eyes quickly all the way the other direction, the ring is much fainter, and not complete. My eyesight is blurry, which I ve mostly put down to eyestrain, too much time at the computer, etc., but today my right eye started having some double vision and worse blurriness (minor doubling, e.g., line of text has faint doubling of letters above the printed ones. Last, it could be somewhat my imagination, but bright lights and whites seem a bit dimmer viewed with the right eye, and faintly, ever so faintly yellowed. I ve had vision migraines before, but with no pain. I rarely get headaches, except when I have a sinus infection. These headaches are not typical of sinus headache. As well, though I had constant, then chronic, then regular headaces in the first year after the concussion, over the past year I ve had almost none until the last two weeks. Like many people, I have no health insurance, and right now, no money either. Not an exaggeration....I have to pay rent in the next two days, and have less than $50 dollars to my name. A LOT less if you count the debt.... Yes, well, there s a huge amount of stress involved on all sorts of levels, depression (for which I take Nardil [phenelzine], and that I usually drink daily, and often too much. If it weren t for the eye flashes, and the sudden re-occurrence of pain in where I hit my head, I wouldn t be particularly concerned, all things considered. But, your site popped up, and so I figured, what the hell. No insult intended, and many thanks for any help you are able to provide, even hints on whether there are vision clinics or resources in the San Diego area, All best, Karen
Tue, 14 Jul 2020
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Hello,

You have got history of concussion 2 yrs back. Now you are experiencing quick flashes of light, sudden small changes in the visual field, floaters, etc are commonly due to direct trauma to the eye or damage to the optic nerve or the brain. You are suggested to get a CT / MRI done to confirm any trauma or impact of trauma to the optic nerve or brain. Seeing faint letters or double letters can be corrected by a bi focal lens, get your eyes checked by an ophthalmologist or optician.

if diabetic control your blood glucose levels at all cost. Avoid taking alcohol, it will trigger your symptoms. Sometimes eye flashes can be dangerous as floaters may be indicative that vitreous gel is pulling on your retina. Avoid stress or tensions of any kind. Stress and anxiety increase adrenaline levels of the body, which puts pressure on the eyes and even results in blurred vision. Get clinically examine and treated at the earliest. Avoid addictions if any. Maintain healthy weight and healthy lifestyle.

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Nupur K., General & Family Physician
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What causes headaches with pain above eye sockets and sensitive to light?

Hello, You have got history of concussion 2 yrs back. Now you are experiencing quick flashes of light, sudden small changes in the visual field, floaters, etc are commonly due to direct trauma to the eye or damage to the optic nerve or the brain. You are suggested to get a CT / MRI done to confirm any trauma or impact of trauma to the optic nerve or brain. Seeing faint letters or double letters can be corrected by a bi focal lens, get your eyes checked by an ophthalmologist or optician. if diabetic control your blood glucose levels at all cost. Avoid taking alcohol, it will trigger your symptoms. Sometimes eye flashes can be dangerous as floaters may be indicative that vitreous gel is pulling on your retina. Avoid stress or tensions of any kind. Stress and anxiety increase adrenaline levels of the body, which puts pressure on the eyes and even results in blurred vision. Get clinically examine and treated at the earliest. Avoid addictions if any. Maintain healthy weight and healthy lifestyle. Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Nupur K., General & Family Physician