Effect of a Deviated Septum on the Eyes

Wondering about the effect of a deviated septum on the eyes? Read on to understand the effects caused by a deviated septum. The nasal septum is the bony material which will separate your nose into two equal halves, this will allow for smooth breathing. If this septum is deviated severely in one direction or both, the condition is known as a deviated septum. A deviated septum can be caused due to the following:

  • Trauma to the face
  • Birth defect
  • Trauma during child birth

Either way, a deviated septum will have many unhealthy effects on your body.

What Effect does a Deviated Septum have on the Eyes?

Effect of a Deviated Septum on the Eyes.

If you have a deviated septum, you may notice the following:

  • Pain: You may experience facial pain which will place a lot of pressure in your eyes. In addition to causing pain, the pressure will also make your eyes puffy. This will occur in a similar manner to an allergic reaction and you will notice the following:
    • Puffiness
    • Pain
    • A red glazed look inside the eye
    • Wateriness in the eye

All of the above symptoms are due to facial pain. The facial pain is caused because of an inflamed sinus. The deviated septum will prevent the drainage of your sinuses and it will also block the removal of mucus, this will make it easy for you to get a sinus infection. When this infection occurs, it will cause your sinus to become inflamed, this inflammation will cause all of the above symptoms as mentioned.

Other then the above eye pain which is caused due to sinus inflammation, a few people have observed chronic eye pain without any obvious reason. The cause behind this type of eye pain is still not known and research is being done to find the answer. Either way septoplasty is the only way to reduce the effect of a deviated septum on the eyes. However the surgery will not guarantee a cure since it will only lower the chances of a sinus infection; it will not completely stop the infections.

Author: Perumal G.

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