If your eye suddenly becomes painful, you should have your eyes examined straight-away to determine the cause because urgent treatment may be required.
Any eye pain related to burns (chemical or flash) or related to a traumatic event such as an object puncturing the eye, a blow to the eye with a foreign object, or a motor vehicle collision with injuries affecting the eye needs to be evaluated in the Accident and Emergency Department immediately.
Eye pain associated with loss of vision, loss of eye movement, painful eye movement, eye swelling, eye discharge, and severe headache are all significant and need to be evaluated as soon as possible. We may be able to help under the Somerset ACES scheme which provide NHS funded care at participating Optometrists for acute eye problems (such as eye pain). Or you can attend the Eye Casualty at Musgrove Park Hospital.