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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Pain in Both Eyes

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

  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.

    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
  2. 2.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
  3. 3.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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  4. 4.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
  5. 5.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
  6. 6.Anterior Uveitis

    Uveitis is the inflammation of of the blood vessels between the back and the front of the eye. "Anterior" uveitis is inflammation of the front of the eye: the iris (the round hole that light goes through) and the ciliary body (the muscles and connective tissue behind the eye's surface). Uveitis can affect adults and children, and there's typically no cause that can be identified.

    Good prognosis with proper treatment. Possible vision loss without treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    constant eye pain, blurry vision, sensitivity to light, pain in one eye, wateriness in both eyes
    Symptoms that always occur with anterior uveitis:
    constant eye pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in Both Eyes

  • Q.Do you have dry eyes?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with a psychiatric issue, such as depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, or anxiety disorder?
  • Q.Do your eyelids feel sticky?
  • Q.Do you feel like there is something in your eye?

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Pain in Both Eyes Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain in both eyes have also experienced:

    • 11% Headache
    • 5% Nausea
    • 5% Throbbing Headache
  • People who have experienced pain in both eyes had symptoms persist for:

    • 47% Less Than a Day
    • 31% Less Than a Week
    • 11% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced pain in both eyes were most often matched with:

    • 44% Bacterial Conjunctivitis
    • 33% Vernal Conjunctivitis
    • 22% Corneal Abrasion
  • 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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