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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Burning Eye(s)

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced burning eye(s). This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Acute Allergic Conjunctivitis

    Itchy, red, swelling of the whites of the eyes can be caused by allergies to any number of things (like pollen, hay, etc).

    This typically occurs every season

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    eye itch, eye redness, watery eye discharge, itch in both eyes, eye redness
    Symptoms that always occur with acute allergic conjunctivitis:
    eye itch, eye redness
    Symptoms that never occur with acute allergic conjunctivitis:
    lump in front of the ear, vision changes
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  2. 2.Chronic Allergic Conjunctivitis

    Itchy, red, swelling of the whites of the eyes caused by allergies to any number of things (like pollen, hay, etc).

    Seasonal

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    watery eye discharge, eye redness, itch in both eyes, severe eye itch, swollen eyelid
    Symptoms that always occur with chronic allergic conjunctivitis:
    itch in both eyes, eye redness, severe eye itch
    Symptoms that never occur with chronic allergic conjunctivitis:
    vision changes, lump in front of the ear
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Chronically Dry Eyes

    Dry eye syndrome (medically known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca), occurs when there is a problem with the thin film of tears that keeps the eye moist and lubriated. This is a condition that can affect people of all ages, but becomes more common as one gets older. The causes include aging, some medications, increased evaporation of tears (due to low humidity in the air, low blink frequency, wearing contact lenses, or windy conditions), and underlying illness in rare cases.

    2-3 days of care at home.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dry eyes, dry mouth, eye pain, feeling of something in the eye, sensitivity to light
    Symptoms that always occur with chronically dry eyes:
    dry eyes
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Bacterial Conjunctivitis

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

    With treatment, bacterial conjunctivitis resolves in a a few days.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    sore throat, eye redness, eye itch, watery eye discharge, eye redness
    Symptoms that always occur with bacterial conjunctivitis:
    eye redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.New - Onset Seasonal Allergies

    Allergic rhinitis, is an overreaction by the immune system to allergens in the air. While pollen often causes allergies, other culprits include dust, animal dander, and mold.

    Allergies are often seasonal.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    sore throat, congestion, cough with dry or watery sputum, mucous dripping in the back of the throat, fatigue
    Symptoms that never occur with new-onset seasonal allergies:
    fever, yellow-green runny nose, chills, muscle aches
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  6. 6.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.

    Sometimes eye irritation and discharge may get worse for a few days before getting better, but usually symptoms resolve within a week.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    eye redness, eye itch, sensitivity to light, feeling of something in the eye, watery eye discharge
    Symptoms that always occur with viral conjunctivitis:
    eye redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  7. 7.Irritated Eye Causing Swelling

    Chemosis is a sign of eye irritation. The outer surface of the eye can look like a blister, filled with water or fluid. It can occur from infection or allergies, or as in this case, from rubbing the eye.

    Within a day

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    swelling of the eye area, eye itch, eye redness, swollen whites of eyes
    Symptoms that always occur with irritated eye causing swelling:
    swelling of the eye area
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  8. 8.Contact Lens - Related Eye Infection

    Millions of people wear contact lens daily without issue; however, there is a risk of infection. Often, infection is avoidable by keeping lenses clean.

    Recovery depends on type of infection.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    eye redness, wateriness in both eyes, sensitivity to light, constant eye redness, eye redness
    Symptoms that always occur with contact lens-related eye infection:
    eye redness, constant eye redness
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  9. 9.Inflamed Eyelid (Blepharitis)

    Blepharitis is an eyelid issue where the skin, lashes, or glands become inflamed from an irritant or infection.

    Treatment and preventative measures may successfully control blepharitis.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    eye itch, sensitivity to light, eye redness, feeling of something in the eye, dry eyes
    Symptoms that never occur with inflamed eyelid (blepharitis):
    severe eye pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  10. 10.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.

    Most patients get better after puberty. If not, this becomes a chronic, seasonal problem

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    wateriness in both eyes, eye itch, eye redness, sensitivity to light, feeling of something in the eye
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Burning Eye(s)

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you have a stuffy nose?
  • Q.Do you have a runny nose?
  • Q.Does light bother your eyes more than usual?

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Burning Eye(s) Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 8% Eye Pain
    • 7% Headache
    • 5% Fatigue
  • People who have experienced burning eye(s) were most often matched with:

    • 50% Acute Allergic Conjunctivitis
    • 25% Chronic Allergic Conjunctivitis
    • 25% Chronically Dry Eyes
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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