The Eye Connection
The retro-orbital bony complex contains the greater and lesser wings of the sphenoid. Since the lateral and medial pterygoid muscles insert into the medial and pterygoid plates, chronic contracture of these muscles can result in the torquing action of the sphenoid. Strained internal muscles of mastication due to abnormal jaw positioning (posterior relationship) and unsupportive occlusion of the bite can trigger pressure feelings behind the eyes. Some have reported a dagger like pain and ice pick feelings behind the eyes.
Muscles Associated with the Sphenoid Bone and Mandible
2.Superior head of lateral pterygoid
3.Inferior head of lateral pterygoid
Treatment Remedy to Consider
It has been noted that when a physiologic mandible to maxillary relationship exists with calm relaxed muscles supported with a properly designed anterior repositioning appliance (e.g., lower removable orthosis) that allows the mandible to relax and function physiologically (unstrained) the pressure behind the eyes often go away.
An unreported muscle observed in 25 cadavers and MRI scans of clinical patients that may have clinical implications regarding retro-orbital pain. Origin – maxillary surface of sphenoid bone. Insertion – Internal crest (Internal oblique line of the mandible. (Dunn, Hack, Robinson & Koritzer, CRANIO – Journal of Craniomandibular Practice. April 1996, Vol. 14 No. 2, pp 97-103).
Disorders of the temporomandibular joint can mimic other dental and medical problems. A proper diagnosis regarding head and neck pain is very important because serious medical problems such as vascular disorders, brain tumors, aneurisms, cervical disc disorders, throat and oral cancer, etc. can produce similar symptoms of TMJ disorders. Check with your medical doctor to rule out other medical problems.
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