Pain Around Eye Socket

Pain around the eye socket is a problem that many of us will have experienced at some time or other and that can have many causes. While this can often be just a minor irritation that will go away if left to its own devices, in other instances it can be a more serious chronic condition. Here we will look at the possible causes of eye socket pain, but if the pain continues you should always make sure to see a doctor for a professional opinion.


The bone around the eye socket is protected by very little flesh and has only a thin layer of skin to pad it against bruising, thus it is fairly easy to bruise this area and that would make it very sore to touch even lightly. The pain might be accompanied by swelling. If it doesn’t die down after a few days though then you should see a doctor in case of fracture.


The eye socket just below the eyebrow is where some of the ethmoid sinuses are located, and thus sinusitis (infection or inflammation of the sinuses) can cause pain in this area due to the building up of ethmoid mucosa. A doctor may recommend a steroid spray or other treatment. Hot showers may also temporarily relieve some of the discomfort by liquefying and breaking up the mucus allowing it to drain.


Similarly a cold, allergy, or any other condition that cause the sinuses to become blocked may cause pressure on the head and a slight headache around the eye socket.


Esophoria is an eye problem characterized by an inward deviation of the eye as a result of ocular muscle imbalance. This can cause pain above the eye socket as can some other eye problems.


Migraine can take place in any part of the head, and this includes around the eye sockets. If you are suffering from a migraine the pain will likely be acute and the best course of action is to close your eyes in a darkened room.


  1. Anonymous Reply
    January 28, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Even though it's common sense, it really does help to be reminded sometimes!

  2. Jacque Armendariz Reply
    February 27, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    I have been suffering all day with sinus/allergy headache pain… and the headache is in my left eye socket under the eyebrow. It's painful to the touch and you were right. I'm glad I looked you up and that my gentle rubbing of the area (sucks) but helps. Thank you very much.

  3. thandi Reply
    September 21, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Thanks for the information I received!

  4. Rusty Reply
    November 15, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Thank you for helping me understand what may be happening to me. I will go to a doctor a little more informed and asking the correct questions.

  5. Anonymous Reply
    December 20, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Thanks to everyone who made it… n

  6. Anonymous Reply
    January 13, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Helpful concise and written clearly.

  7. Anonymous Reply
    March 25, 2016 at 11:32 am

    I'm not alone!!

  8. Melissa Reply
    November 17, 2016 at 12:37 am

    This was very helpful!

  9. Marion Morrissey Reply
    May 13, 2018 at 3:56 am

    Why is my eye socket sore and painful. And for the past week and headache just above the eye. Hurts that most when I look side ways or look up. Eye ball sore on touch.

  10. Julian Martini Reply
    June 24, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    Around my right eye I have a heat sensation and a burning sensation, what can cause it?

  11. Anita Reply
    July 26, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    I always have pain around my eye socket which gets worse when I’m stressed (like studying) I usually get relieved when I massage the area. However the pain keeps coming. Don’t know what to do.

    • Stanislav Modrak Reply
      August 22, 2018 at 9:30 am

      Same here! 🙁 How old are you?

  12. Dani Reply
    May 12, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    This addresses eye pain underneath the eyebrow. What about the bone underneath the eye? The whole underneath of the bone feels bruised. It hurts when I blink. When my eyes are open it aches. I’ve had no trauma. I’m not sick. I’ve got no clue.

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