What other symptoms might occur with eye discharge?

Eye discharge may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. These symptoms may apply to the eyes or vision specifically, or they may be more general in nature.

Other eye or vision symptoms that may occur along with eye discharge

Eye discharge may accompany other symptoms affecting the eyes or vision including:

  • Blurred or double vision
  • Bump on the eyeball or eyelid
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye pain
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Itchy eyes and eyelids
  • Red, sore eyes (bloodshot eyes)
  • Watery eyes

General symptoms that may occur along with eye discharge

Eye discharge may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:

  • Body aches
  • Cat scratch or bite
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy nose or nasal congestion
  • Swollen lymph nodes in front of the ear

Symptoms that might indicate a serious condition

In some cases, eye discharge may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious condition that should be evaluated immediately in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have eye discharge along with other serious symptoms including:

  • Blurred or double vision
  • Bulging of one or both eyes
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Pain on attempted eye movement
  • Sudden change in vision, loss of vision, or eye pain

What is eye discharge?

Eye discharge is the secretion of liquids or other substances, besides tears, from the eyes. Discharge from the eyes may make it difficult to open the eyelids if they have been shut for extended periods, such as during sleep. This effect may be temporary or persistent.

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What causes eye discharge?

Eye discharge can be caused by a variety of conditions that range in severity from merely bothersome to vision threatening. If you have persistent or severe eye discharge, consult with your health care professional to determine the underlying cause and to get treatment as needed.

Common causes of eye discharge

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 9, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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