Current Pain and Headache Reports

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 62–72 | Cite as

Headache Attributable to Disorders of the Eye

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


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.


Ocular pain Trochleitis Oculomotor nerve Orbit Inflammation 



This work was supported by the National Eye Institute 1K23EY015525 and a Research to Prevent Blindness Challenge Grant (Dr. Friedman).


No potential conflicts of interest relevant to this article were reported.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deborah I. Friedman
    • 1
  • Lynn K. Gordon
    • 2
  • Peter A. Quiros
    • 3
  1. 1.Flaum Eye InstituteUniversity of Rochester School of Medicine and DentistryRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Jules Stein Eye Institute, David Geffen School of MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Doheny Eye Institute, Keck School of MedicineUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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