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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Dry Eyes

Updated on Aug. 29, 2018

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced dry eyes. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.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

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  2. 2.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
  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.

    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 Dry Eyes

  • Q.Do you feel like there is something in your eye?
  • Q.Does light bother your eyes more than usual?
  • Q.Is your mouth very dry?
  • Q.Have you recently used Atropine eye drops? It's an eye drop used to treat anterior uveitis to allow your eyes to rest and recover. It is also used sometimes to dilate your eyes for an examination, but this is pretty uncommon.

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, try our dry eyes symptom checker to find out more.

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Dry Eyes Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced dry eyes have also experienced:

    • 6% Fatigue
    • 4% Headache
    • 4% Dry Mouth
  • People who have experienced dry eyes were most often matched with:

    • 60% Vernal Conjunctivitis
    • 20% Inflamed Eyelid (Blepharitis)
    • 20% 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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