Headache attributable to disorders of the eye

Deborah I Friedman, Lynn K. Gordon, Peter A. Quiros

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Sensory innervation to the eye and periocular area arises from the ophthalmic branch of the trigeminal nerve. Thus, ocular, orbital, and systemic disorders may produce head pain with ocular signs and symptoms. Whereas some of these entities have characteristic diagnostic features, others mimic primary headache disorders such as migraine and cluster headache. This article reviews common ocular and neuro-ophthalmic conditions that are accompanied by pain in or near the eye.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)62-72
Number of pages11
JournalCurrent pain and headache reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2010


  • Inflammation
  • Ocular pain
  • Oculomotor nerve
  • Orbit
  • Trochleitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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