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8 Potential Feeling of Something in the Eye Causes

  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
  2. 2.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
  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.Corneal Abrasion

    Corneal abrasion is a wound to the part of the eye known as the cornea. The cornea is the crystal clear (transparent) tissue that covers the front of the eye. It works with the lens of the eye to focus images on the retina.

    1-3 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    blurry vision, sensitivity to light, constant eye pain, moderate eye pain, pain in one eye
    Symptoms that always occur with corneal abrasion:
    pain in one eye, wateriness in one eye, constant eye pain
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

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  5. 5.Stye and Chalazion

    A stye (or hordeolum) is an infection in the upper or lower eyelid. There are three glands around the eye and one of them is infected.

    If left untreated, the stye generally heals in 1-2 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    swelling of one eyelid, redness around the eye, feeling of something in the eye, eyelid lump, eyelid pain
    Symptoms that always occur with stye and chalazion:
    swelling of one eyelid
    Symptoms that never occur with stye and chalazion:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  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.Foreign Body in the Eye

    Foreign bodies like windblown grit, wood or masonry, or flecks of metal can land in the eye and get stuck there, causing extreme discomfort.

    Prognosis depends on how quickly the wound heals and whether there is an infection.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    feeling of something in the eye
    Symptoms that always occur with foreign body in the eye:
    feeling of something in the eye
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  8. 8.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:
    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 Feeling of Something in the Eye

  • Q.Does light bother your eyes more than usual?
  • Q.Do your eyelids feel sticky?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with a psychiatric issue, such as depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, or anxiety disorder?
  • Q.Do you have dry eyes?

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Feeling of Something in the Eye Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced feeling of something in the eye have also experienced:

    • 14% Eye Pain
    • 4% Headache
    • 3% Eye Itch
  • People who have experienced feeling of something in the eye were most often matched with:

    • 65% Inflamed Eyelid (Blepharitis)
    • 15% Bacterial Conjunctivitis
    • 13% Chronically Dry Eyes
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

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