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Common Eye Conditions Symptoms: What You Should Know

Common Eye Conditions Symptoms: What You Should Know

Common eye conditions symptoms may differ between cases. Symptoms are sometimes difficult to distinguish as they may be due to more than one type of eye condition. Below is a list of common symptoms and what they imply for your health.

Common Eye Conditions Symptoms

Below is a list of common eye conditions symptoms and some examples of what may be associated with these symptoms. It is important to note that the presence of symptoms doesn’t always mean you have a serious eye condition. Common eye conditions may be the result of a number of health problems. The first step is always to consult with your optometrist:

Red Eyes

A red (or bloodshot) eye occurs when the blood vessels on the surface of the eye expand. This may be caused by allergies, or they may be a symptom of conjunctivitis, corneal abrasion, glaucoma, and many more conditions.

Blurred Vision

A visual symptom that makes it difficult to see things sharply and clearly. Blurriness may be associated with astigmatism, corneal ulcer, optic neuritis, and many more eye problems.

Burning Eyes

Refers to the stinging, sometimes painful, and irritating sensation affecting your eyes. This may be a sign of eye allergies, ocular rosacea, and blepharitis, among others.

Discharge Around the Eyes

This symptom occurs when eye discharge dries around the eyelashes or lids. It may be associated with blepharitis, a blocked tear duct, and conjunctivitis, exclusively.

Drooping Eyelid

This is the inability of the eyelid to fully open, leading to partially blocked vision. This may be a sign of Bell’s Palsy, myasthenia gravis, ptosis, or other conditions.


Eyes become dry when they lack sufficient lubrication. This may lead to irritation. Eye dryness may be the result of Bell’s palsy, blepharitis, herpes zoster, or several other eye problems.


This occurs when people have become affixed to a single object or area for a long period of time. This is common for people working using a computer, and for drivers. Eyestrain generally refers to fatigue.

Floaters in Vision

This is one of the common eye conditions symptoms that intrigues people. Floaters appear as shadows moving across one’s field of vision. These are cast by specks floating in the eye.


Refers to irritation that mimics the feeling of having sand in the eyes. This symptom may be a sign of blepharitis, corneal abrasion, dry eye, photokeratitis, and others.


Refers to the burning irritation or sensation. This is naturally the body’s response to injury. Inflammation may imply that you have an infection or an eye injury.


This tickling sensation of the eyes prompts you to scratch or rub them. This may count as a symptom of blepharitis, trachoma, eye allergies, giant papillary conjunctivitis, and other conditions.

Limited Eye Movement

Occurs when the eye does not move around its socket as much as it should be capable of performing. This may be associated with cellulitis and microvascular cranial nerve palsy, exclusively.

Night Vision Issues

Issues with night vision simply refer to a difficulty in seeing in dark environments. Cataract, Fuchs’ dystrophy, nystagmus, retinitis pigmentosa, or a Vitamin A deficiency are a few conditions that cause night vision issues.


Spasms refer to the involuntary blinking or movement of the eyelids. They are associated with blepharospasm and photokeratitis.

Tunnel vision

Tunnel vision refers to the loss of peripheral vision, and may be associated with glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa.

Temporary Vision Loss

Temporary vision loss may be a sign of ischemic optic neuropathy and photokeratitis, exclusively.

Key Takeaways

While this list informs you about the possibilities of health issues linked to these common symptoms, they represent only a portion of possible symptoms you can experience. And they are not always a sign of serious illness. Your doctor is the best person to diagnose any illness. With this in mind, should you experience these symptoms, take care of your eye health and consult your optometrist.

Learn more about Eye Health here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


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Written by Amable Aguiluz Updated Jul 05
Fact Checked by Hello Doctor Medical Panel