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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Sticky Eyelids

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced sticky eyelids. 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
  2. 2.Severe Eye Pain

    Severe eye pain can be a sign of conditions that may lead to permanent blindness. Head to the ER immediately.

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    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    severe eye pain, loss of vision, arm weakness
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  3. 3.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

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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Sticky Eyelids

  • Q.Do you feel like there is something in your eye?
  • Q.Did your eyelids feel sticky as soon as you woke up?
  • Q.Have you been around anyone with the same symptoms, possibly exposing yourself to an infection?
  • Q.Do you have dry eyes?

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Sticky Eyelids Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced sticky eyelids have also experienced:

    • 6% Dry Eyes
    • 5% Eye Itch
    • 4% Feeling of Something in the Eye
  • People who have experienced sticky eyelids were most often matched with:

    • 54% Severe Eye Pain
    • 36% Bacterial Conjunctivitis
    • 9% Inflamed Eyelid (Blepharitis)
  • 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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