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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Pain When Moving the Eye

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

  1. 1.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
  2. 2.Orbital Cellulitis

    Orbital cellulitis is a serious infection of the bony cavity (the orbit) which holds the eyeball. This condition affects the eye, eyelids, eyebrows, and cheeks, and causes the eyeball to have a swollen appearance. It can cause blindness if the infection is not treated.

    Antibiotic treatment for 3 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, blurry vision, swelling of one eye, swelling of one eyelid, eye skin changes
    Symptoms that always occur with orbital cellulitis:
    eye skin changes, blurry vision
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  3. 3.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
  4. 4.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
  5. 5.Multiple Sclerosis (Ms)

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurodegenerative disease in which the immune system attacks the myelin sheath. The myelin sheath is involved in carrying nerve signals so this damage causes interruptions in nerve signaling.

    This is a lifelong condition; however, treatment may be beneficial.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    severe fatigue, constipation, numbness, decreased sex drive, signs of optic neuritis
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain When Moving the Eye

  • Q.Does light bother your eyes more than usual?
  • Q.Do you feel like there is something in your eye?
  • Q.Have you noticed any vision changes?
  • Q.Do your eyelids feel sticky?

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Pain When Moving the Eye Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain when moving the eye have also experienced:

    • 10% Headache
    • 9% Eye Pain
    • 7% Pain in One Eye
  • People who have experienced pain when moving the eye had symptoms persist for:

    • 47% Less Than a Day
    • 31% Less Than a Week
    • 11% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced pain when moving the eye were most often matched with:

    • 46% Orbital Cellulitis
    • 38% Foreign Body in the Eye
    • 15% 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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