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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 and conditions. Common eye conditions symptoms are sometimes difficult to distinguish as symptoms may be due to more than one type of eye condition. Nonetheless, below is a list of common eye conditions 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:

Bloodshot eyes

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


A visual symptom that adds difficulty 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.

Colors dulling or fading

Refers to colors that the eye sees turning faded or appearing different. This may point to usher syndrome, color blindness, and photokeratitis, for example.

Crusty eyelashes or eyelids

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

A dark curtain in vision

Sometimes referred to as a “shadow,” it describes a decrease or partial hindrance of vision by dark shapes moving around one’s field of vision. This may be a symptom of carotid artery disease, marfan syndrome, cytomegalovirus retinitis, and other conditions.

Dilated pupils

These refer to enlarged pupils in the center of the eye. If not associated with natural processes, dilated pupils may be a sign of anisocoria, a migraine, adie’s pupil, and ocular melanoma, among others.

Discharge from eye

Refers to the mucus, excess tears, or pus coming from the eye. This may imply that you have endophthalmitis, fungal keratitis, trachoma, contact lens-related health issues, and several other conditions.

Distorted vision

Occurs when objects appear as wavy or “bent.” This may be a sign of astigmatism, histoplasmosis, keratoconus, or other eye issues.

Double vision

Refers to seeing two overlapping images of the same object. This may be a symptom of cataract, giant cell arteritis, or a simple migraine, among others.

Drooping eyelid

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


Eyes become dry when they lack sufficient lubrication. This may lead to irritation. Eye dryness may sometimes be a precursor to bell’s palsy, blepharitis, herpes zoster, or several other eye problems.

Eyelid redness and rashes

Often counts as a symptom of herpes zoster, ocular rosacea, and Sjögren’s syndrome.


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, while generally refers to fatigue, may also be a symptom of astigmatism and farsightedness.

Floaters in vision

This is one of the common eye conditions symptoms that intrigues people. These appear as shadows moving across one’s field of vision. These are cast by specks floating in the eye, and may be associated with a myriad of conditions, such as eye lymphoma, uveitis, and toxoplasmosis for example.


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. When chronic, inflammation may imply that you have uveitis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis uveitis, rheumatoid arthritis, or Graves’ disease.


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 the difficulty of seeing in dark environments. Issues with night vision may be associated with cataract, fuchs’ dystrophy, nystagmus, retinitis pigmentosa, or a Vitamin A deficiency. These conditions are exclusive.


Spasms refer to the involuntary blinking or movement of the eyelids. Spasms may be associated with blepharospasm and photokeratitis, exclusively.

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 the above list is aimed to help inform individuals about the possibilities of health issues linked to these symptoms, these symptoms are non-exclusive, and represent only a portion of possible symptoms one can experience.

With this in mind, when worrying about your eye health, consult either your optometrist or ophthalmologist, depending on what you need.

Learn more about Eye Health here.

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


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Medical reviewed by Hello Doctor Medical Panel
Written by Amable Aguiluz
Updated Feb 22