Read below about clear or white eye discharge, including causes and common questions. Or get a personalized analysis of your clear or white eye discharge from our A.I. health assistant. At Buoy, we build tools that help you know what’s wrong right now and how to get the right care.

This symptom can also be referred to as:
Mucous from the eye

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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Clear or White Eye Discharge

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced clear or white eye discharge. 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.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

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  4. 4.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
  5. 5.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
  6. 6.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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Clear or White Eye Discharge

  • Q.Does anyone in your family have asthma, dermatitis, or allergies to pollen/animals/mold?
  • Q.When you wake up in the morning (or from a nap) are your eyes crusty?
  • Q.Do you feel like there is something in your eye?
  • Q.Are you allergic to anything?

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Clear or White Eye Discharge Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced clear or white eye discharge have also experienced:

    • 6% Cough
    • 5% Eye Itch
    • 5% Blurry Vision
  • People who have experienced clear or white eye discharge had symptoms persist for:

    • 34% Less Than a Week
    • 32% Less Than a Day
    • 18% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced clear or white eye discharge were most often matched with:

    • 50% Acute Allergic Conjunctivitis
    • 25% Chronic Allergic Conjunctivitis
    • 25% Viral Conjunctivitis
  • 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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