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Top 3 Burning Eye(s) Causes

  1. 1.Bacterial Conjunctivitis

    Bacterial conjunctivitis is one of the most common eye problems. It occurs from an infection of the whites of the eye.

    You should visit your primary care physician or an urgent care clinic within the next 24 hours. The physician will examine the eye. Often, antibiotic eye-drops are prescribed.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    sore throat, eye redness, eye itch, eye redness, watery eye discharge
    Symptoms that always occur with bacterial conjunctivitis:
    eye redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Viral Conjunctivitis

    Pink eye conjunctivitis is an infection of the whites of the eyes by a virus. It is extremely infectious and can spread from person-to-person easily.

    You do not need treatment. Viral conjunctivitis does not require any antibiotics. What you can do is have a clean cloth soaked in warm water held up to the eyes to soothe the itching. Some people get relief from over the counter medicines. If your symptoms do not start getting better within a week, seek advice from your primary care physician.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    eye redness, eye itch, sensitivity to light, watery eye discharge, feeling of something in the eye
    Symptoms that always occur with viral conjunctivitis:
    eye redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Vernal Conjunctivitis

    Vernal conjunctivitis is long-term (chronic) swelling (inflammation) of the outer lining of the eyes due to an allergic reaction. Vernal conjunctivitis often occurs in people with a strong family history of allergies, such as allergic rhinitis, asthma, and eczema.

    You should visit your primary care physician, where he/she will look at your eyes to inspect for the telltale signs of vernal conjunctivitis. Typical treatments are anti-histamine eye drops, which can be found over-the-counter.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    eye redness, wateriness in both eyes, eye itch, sensitivity to light, burning eye(s)
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Burning Eye(s)

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Have you lost your appetite recently?
  • Q.Are you experiencing a headache?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our burning eye(s) symptom checker.

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Burning Eye(s) Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced burning eye(s) have also experienced:

    • 7% Headache
    • 6% Eye Pain
    • 6% Fatigue
  • People who have experienced burning eye(s) were most often matched with:

    • 4% Viral Conjunctivitis
    • 3% Bacterial Conjunctivitis

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