Eye Problems

Eye problems, including eye pain or redness and changes in your vision may be signs of a problem that requires medical attention. Follow the chart below for more information about problems with your eyes.

Our trusted Symptom Checker is written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals. Find a possible diagnosis by choosing a symptom and answering a few simple questions.

Remember, be sure to consult with you doctor if you feel you have a serious medical problem.

Step 2

Answering Questions

  • Is your eye tearing?

  • Do you have blurred vision?

  • Have you recently injured your eye, and are you experiencing any of the following symptoms:sudden appearance of spots and strings floating in your field of vision;flashes of light in 1 or both eyes;partial loss of vision?

  • Is your eye red, do you have severe eye pain, or has your vision suddenly decreased or become cloudy?

  • Are you experiencing flu-like symptoms such as fever, fatigue, muscle aches and a pain in one or both temples?

  • Do you have thick nasal drainage and pain or pressure on your forehead and behind your eyes?

  • Are your eyes red or sensitive to light, are you experiencing eye pain, and do you see dark, floating spots?

  • Do you have diabetes, and have you noticed any changes in your vision?

  • Does your toddler have crossed eyes?

  • Are your eyes red, itchy or swollen, or is there a bite-like swelling on one of your eyelids?

  • Do you have a fever, and is your eye swollen and tender to the touch?

  • Is there a firm, painful lump in the eyelid or a tender “pimple” on the edge of the eyelid?

  • Is the white of the eye pink, red or irritated, and are there any secretions or mucus from the eye?

  • Is your eye red, is your vision blurry and do you feel like you have sand in your eye?

  • Do you have a burning sensation in the eye, is the eye red and itchy, and is the skin around the eye scaling?

  • Do you wear contact lenses, and do you have eye pain?

Step 3

Possible Causes

  • Diagnosis

    You may have a serious and urgent problem, such as a DETACHED RETINA


    Self Care

    URGENT
    CALL YOUR EYE DOCTOR RIGHT AWAY.


  • Diagnosis

    Your symptoms may be from ACUTE GLAUCOMA, a condition caused by a rise in eye pressure that can cause permanent vision damage or blindness.


    Self Care

    URGENT
    If you have these symptoms, call your doctor right away.


  • Diagnosis

    Your symptoms may be a sign of a serious inflammatory condition called TEMPORAL ARTERITIS.


    Self Care

    SEE YOUR DOCTOR RIGHT AWAY.


  • Diagnosis

    SINUSITIS (an infection of the sinuses) may be the cause of your pain.


    Self Care

    Use a cold or sinus medicine, and drink lots of fluids. Warm facial compresses may also help relieve the pain. If your symptoms don’t improve, or if you have constant fever or severe pain, see your doctor as soon as possible.


  • Diagnosis

    You may have an inflammation inside the eye called IRITIS.


    Self Care

    See your doctor or an eye specialist right away.


  • Diagnosis

    Over time, too much glucose (sugar) in the blood can cause eye problems.


    Self Care

    Tell your doctor about the vision changes you have experienced. He or she can give you advice on preventing eye problems.


  • Diagnosis

    Crossed eyes, or STRABISMUS, can occur when eye muscles become weak or when there is a loss or lack of vision in one eye.


    Self Care

    Have your child checked by an eye specialist (ophthalmologist).


  • Diagnosis

    Your symptoms may be from an ALLERGY or an INSECT BITE.


    Self Care

    Use a cool compress and take an antihistamine to relieve discomfort. See your doctor if the swelling doesn’t get better or if you have a fever.


  • Diagnosis

    These may be signs of a serious eye infection called PERIORBITAL CELLULITIS.


    Self Care

    URGENT
    SEE YOUR DOCTOR RIGHT AWAY.


  • Diagnosis

    You may have either a CHALAZION or a HORDEOLUM; both are types of STIES.


    Self Care

    Sties usually heal in 5 to 7 days. To relieve the pain, apply warm compresses for 10 to 15 minutes, 4 times a day and take mild pain relievers. If the bump grows or doesn’t go away, see your doctor. If the redness spreads or swells quickly, seek help promptly.


  • Diagnosis

    CONJUNCTIVITIS, also called “PINK EYE,” can be caused by a virus or bacteria.


    Self Care

    Conjunctivitis is very contagious, so avoid contact with the eye and wash your hands often. Try over-the-counter eyedrops and apply warm compresses to relieve any discomfort.

    If there’s no improvement, you may have a more serious form of viral or bacterial conjunctivitis. See your doctor promptly.


  • Diagnosis

    This sensation may be from a SCRATCHED CORNEA or from a small particle under the eyelid.


    Self Care

    Rinse your eye with clean water or a saline solution. If the sensation doesn’t go away, see your doctor as soon as possible.


  • Diagnosis

    This chronic irritation is called BLEPHARITIS.


    Self Care

    Apply warm compresses and wash your eye gently with an eyewash and washcloth. If the problem doesn’t resolve, see your doctor.


  • Diagnosis

    You may have an irritation from contact lens overuse or a more serious eye condition caused by your contact lenses.


    Self Care

    Remove your contact lenses and let your eyes rest for a while. If the redness or irritation doesn’t go away, see your eye care professional.


  • Diagnosis


    Self Care

    Remove your contact lenses and let your eyes rest for a while. If the redness or irritation doesn’t go away, see your eye care professional.