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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Unilateral Eyeball Swelling

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

  1. 1.Irritated Eye Causing Swelling

    Chemosis is a sign of eye irritation. The outer surface of the eye can look like a blister, filled with water or fluid. It can occur from infection or allergies, or as in this case, from rubbing the eye.

    Within a day

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    swelling of the eye area, eye itch, eye redness, swollen whites of eyes
    Symptoms that always occur with irritated eye causing swelling:
    swelling of the eye area
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  2. 2.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

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  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
  4. 4.Burst Blood Vessel in the Eye From Trauma

    A burst blood vessel in the eye can happen after trauma to the eye or the head, which causes a surface vein to pop.

    1-3 weeks

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    eye redness, head or face injury, bright red eyes
    Symptoms that always occur with burst blood vessel in the eye from trauma:
    eye redness, head or face injury
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Unilateral Eyeball Swelling

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Where in your eye area is this swelling?
  • Q.Is there any fluid or discharge coming from your eye(s)?
  • Q.Do you feel like there is something in your eye?

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Unilateral Eyeball Swelling Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced unilateral eyeball swelling have also experienced:

    • 15% Pain in One Eye
    • 7% Bilateral Eye Swelling
    • 7% Eye Redness
  • People who have experienced unilateral eyeball swelling had symptoms persist for:

    • 43% Less Than a Day
    • 38% Less Than a Week
    • 8% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced unilateral eyeball swelling were most often matched with:

    • 57% Bacterial Conjunctivitis
    • 28% Irritated Eye Causing Swelling
    • 14% Viral Conjunctivitis
  • 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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