Pain Behind the Eyes: Retro Orbital Pain

Pain behind the eyes is a common complaint for those patients experiencing tempormandibular joint dysfunction (TMD).

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 could result in the torquing action of the sphenoid.

These muscles when strained can contribute to a pulling force behind the eyes since these muscles attach to boney structures just behind the orbits (eye) regions internally and posteriorly.

Pain Behind the Eyes - Clayton A. Chan, DDS