What Causes Sunken Eyes

What causes sunken eyes?

Sunken eyes are caused due to a number of reasons. They include:

1) Damage from trauma or accident

2) Infection

3) Inflammation of the cornea (infected eye)

4) Corneal ulcers (inflammated eye). These are common in children and young adults. You may have seen them when they cry because their parents don’t pay attention to them.

5) Corneal cancer.

This is very rare but it does occur. It’s not always fatal, but it can cause blindness if left untreated.

6) Eye infections such as conjunctivitis (red eyes), stomatitis (watery discharge), keratoconus (double vision), and other types of bacterial infection.

If you have any of these conditions, then your eyes will become infected which results in the appearance of sunken eyes.

7) Diseases like diabetes mellitus, glaucoma, and cataracts.

These diseases can lead to damage to the cornea causing it to swell up.

8) A disease called keratoconus.

Keratoconus occurs when there is a growth of tissue inside the cornea called a lens capsule. When this happens, light enters into the eye instead of out through the pupil and the eye becomes less sensitive to light. Common symptoms of this disease are:

– Difficulty in bright sunlight such as snow, beach, or water

– Headaches

– Eye soreness and dryness

– Difficulty when looking at lights such as computer screens, cell phones, street lights, and more.

Other symptoms may also include double vision and opaque corneas. If you think you have this disease, then consult a doctor immediately.

Sources & references used in this article:

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Sunken eyes, sagging brain syndrome: bilateral enophthalmos from chronic intracranial hypotension by TN Hwang, S Rofagha, MW McDermott, WF Hoyt… – Ophthalmology, 2011 – Elsevier

Histopathological changes caused by Enteromyxum leei infection in farmed sea bream Sparus aurata by R Fleurance, C Sauvegrain, A Marques… – Diseases of aquatic …, 2008 – int-res.com

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