What are eye problems?
Eye symptoms include vision problems, such as blurred vision, and many other symptoms, such as eye pain, and discharge or bleeding from the eye.
A variety of mild to serious diseases, disorders and conditions can lead to eye symptoms. Eye symptoms, such as blurred vision, can result from minor problems, such as nearsightedness or wearing the wrong eyeglasses. However, eye symptoms can also result from infection, inflammation, trauma, malignancy (cancer), and other abnormal processes. It is not possible to determine the seriousness of your eye symptoms on your own. See your doctor right away if you have eye symptoms.
Certain types of eye symptoms can indicate a medical emergency, which can lead to loss of sight, such as with glaucoma, an eye injury, or retinal detachment, or loss of life, such as in the case of stroke or bleeding in the brain. Because eye and vision problems can result from serious conditions, such as stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), hypertension, epilepsy and migraine, it is important to see your doctor or health care provider right away when you experience eye symptoms.
Types of eye symptoms
Eye symptoms vary and depend on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Typical eye symptoms include:
- Bleeding from the eye
- Bump on the eyeball or eyelid
- Decreased color perception
- Discharge from the eye
- Droopy eyelid (ptosis)
- Dry eyes
- Eye irritation
- Eye pain
- Eyelid swelling
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Increased tear production
- Itchy eyes
- Red, sore eyes (bloodshot eyes)
- Vision problems, such as blind spots, blurry vision, loss of peripheral vision, floaters, halos, sensitivity to light, and poor nighttime vision
- Watery eyes
Eye symptoms may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms affecting other areas of your body including pain, fatigue and fever. If you are experiencing other symptoms along with your eye symptoms, be sure to tell your health care provider. This information will help your doctor diagnose the reason for your eye symptoms.
Any change in vision should always be evaluated by a medical professional. Eye symptoms can be due to very serious and life-threatening diseases and conditions, such as encephalitis, a brain tumor, or retinal detachment. If you experience eye symptoms with a sudden, severe headache, stiff neck, nausea, or vomiting, seek immediate medical care (call 911).
What other symptoms might occur with eye symptoms?
Eye symptoms may be accompanied by other symptoms depending on the underlying disease, disorder, or condition. For example, vision problems due to a refractive error, such as nearsightedness, may only be accompanied by a minor headache; whereas, vision problems due to a stroke may occur along with memory loss and difficulty understanding speech.
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What causes eye symptoms?
While eye symptoms may be mild and not a cause for concern, they can also be an indication of a very serious medical condition. Eye symptoms can be due to problems with the eye itself, as well as neurological and autoimmune disorders.