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2020 Jun 05

Ophthalmol Ther

Ocular Surface Pain: A Narrative Review.


Mehra D, Cohen NK, Galor A
Ophthalmol Ther. 2020 Jun 05.
PMID: 32500435.


Ocular surface pain is a frequent cause of visits to an eye care provider and has a substantial impact on healthcare cost, yet a complete understanding of its causative factors and tools for diagnostic workup are notably missing in many eye clinics. The cornea has the densest sensory innervation in the human body and has the potential to be a powerful producer of pain. Pain can manifest as a result of a noxious stimulus or disruption in the ocular surface anatomy (nociceptive pain), or it can result from abnormalities in the ocular surface neurosensory apparatus itself (neuropathic pain). Novel advances in neurobiology have sought to differentiate the two entities, particularly to identify when chronic dry eye symptomatology is driven by neuropathic ocular pain. In this review, we seek to provide an overview of the prevalence, physiologic factors, and management of ocular surface pain complaints.