There are many types of stabbing eye pain, and they are categorized according to their cause. A stabbing pain in the eye may come on suddenly, or start off as mild discomfort and grow in intensity over time.
Throbbing in the eye, eye socket pain and even pain behind the eye are ways in which patients experience pain in the eye.
Stabbing eye pain that is due to wearing contact lenses can be relieved by not wearing contact lenses for a few days. Treating underlying conditions such as glaucoma will help in cases where another condition is causing the pain. A doctor will determine what type of treatment will be best.