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Eye Problems: Symptoms from A to Z

Is something wrong with your eyes? Find symptoms in the list below, then look to the right for associated eye problems and diseases. To learn more, click on the eye problem or disease for a pop-up window with a definition and links.

Please note: The information on this page is not intended as a diagnosis of your problem, but rather as a helpful guide. Please see your eye doctor for diagnosis and treatment if you suspect you have an eye or vision problem.

A, B

Symptom

Possible Eye Problem or Disease

Absence of eye or eyes

anophthalmos

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Blinking, frequent

blepharospasmcontact lens problemdry eye syndrome, foreign bodyhemifacial spasmstroke

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Blinking, infrequent

cranial nerve palsyParkinson's disease

Bloodshot eye (See: red or pink eye)

-

Blurred vision, distance (See also: blurred vision, general myopia)

-

Blurred vision, general

accommodative disorderalbinismamblyopiaaniridiaasteroid hyalosisastigmatismcataractcentral serous retinopathycomputer vision syndromecontact lens problemcorneal abrasioncorneal dystrophycorneal erosioncranial nerve palsydrugsepiretinal membraneeye tumorforeign bodyfungal keratitis eye infectionglaucomahypotonykeratoconuslens dislocationmacular degenerationmeibomianitismigraineneuroretinitisnystagmusophthalmoplegiaoptic nerve problemorbital cellulitisphotokeratitispterygiumretinal detachmentretinitisretinoschisisscleritissurgery,traumauveitisvascular problemvitreous hemorrhagewhite dot syndrome

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Blurred vision, near

diabetic retinopathyhyperopiapresbyopia. See also: blurred vision, general

Bulging eye

cavernous sinus problemeye tumorglaucomaGraves' ophthalmologyhistiocytosismucormycosisoptic nerve problemorbital cellulitisorbital pseudotumortrauma,vascular problem. See also: small eye

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Bump on eye (any color)

papillomapingueculapterygium

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Bump on eyelid (any color)

chalazionmilianevuspapillomaskin cancerstyxanthelasma

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Burning

blepharitisblepharoconjunctivitiscomputer vision syndrome,conjunctivitiscontact lens problemcranial nerve palsydry eye syndromeenvironmental conditionmeibomianitisrheumatoid arthritisSjogren's syndrometrauma. See also: eye pain or discomfort

C, D

Symptom

Possible Eye Problem or Disease

Close appearance of  object that is actually farther away

metamorphopsia

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Cloud shape in vision

See: floater in vision

-

Clouding of the eye's surface

fungal keratitis eye infection

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Clump shape in vision

See: floater in vision

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Color vision problem

cataractcolor blindnessdrugsneuroretinitisoptic nerve problemwhite dot syndrome

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Crossed eyes

cranial nerve palsystrabismus

Crusty eyelid

blepharitis

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Depth perception problem

anophthalmosblurred vision (in one eye), cranial nerve palsystrabismus

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Differing prescriptions in eyes

anisometropia

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Discharge

canaliculitisconjunctivitiscontact lens problemdacryocystitisdacryostenosisforeign bodyfungal keratitis eye infectionoverflow tearingrheumatoid arthritisSjogren's syndrome

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Distorted vision

astigmatismkeratoconusmacular degeneration,metamorphopsiamigraineocular migraine

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Double vision (diplopia)

accommodative disorderastigmatismcranial nerve palsydiabetic retinopathyeye tumor (orbital)Graves' ophthalmologykeratoconuslens dislocationmyasthenia gravisophthalmoplegiapseudotumor cerebristroketrauma,vascular problemvergence disorder. See also: shadow on letters

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Droopy eyelid

blepharochalasisdermatochalasisptosis

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Dry eyelid

blepharitisdry skin

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Dry eyes

blepharitisblepharoconjunctivitiscomputer vision syndrome,conjunctivitiscranial nerve palsydacryoadenitisdrugsdry eye syndromeenvironmental conditionmeibomianitisrheumatoid arthritissarcoidosisSjogren's syndrometrauma

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E, F, G

Symptom

Possible Eye Problem or Disease

Eyelash loss

madarosistrichotillomania

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Eyelash particles, atypical

blepharitispediculosis

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Eyelid cleft

colobomatrauma

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Eyelid turns in

entropion

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Eyelid turns out

ectropion

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Eyes are different colors

heterochromia

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Eyes don't point in same direction

cranial nerve palsystrabismus

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Eye strain

accommodative disorderastigmatismcomputer vision syndromeconvergence insufficiencydivergence insufficiencyhyperopiamyopiapresbyopia

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Far appearance of object that is actually closer

metamorphopsia

-

Floater in vision

floater

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Foreign body sensation (feels like something is in the eye)

band keratopathyblepharitiscontact lens problemcorneal abrasioncorneal dystrophycorneal edemacorneal erosiondry eye syndromeentropioneye tumorforeign body (corneal or conjunctival)keratitispterygium (inflamed)Sjogren's syndromesurgerystytrauma. See also: eye pain or discomfort

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Glare

See: light sensitivity

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Grittiness

blepharitiscorneal abrasiondry eye syndromekeratitis (including radiation (UV) keratitis)

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H, I, J, K, L

Symptom

Possible Eye Problem or Disease

Halos around lights

cataractcorneal edemacorneal opacitydrugsglaucoma,migraineocular migraine

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Iris defect

aniridiacolobomaeye tumor (iris)surgerytrauma

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Itchy eyes

allergyconjunctivitiscontact lens problemdry eye syndromeentropionpterygium (inflamed)Sjogren's syndrome

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Large appearance of objects that are actually smaller

metamorphopsia

-

Lazy eye

amblyopia

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Lesions on the surface of the eye

fungal keratitis eye infection

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Light flashes

migraineocular migraineretinal detachmentretinal tearvitreous detachment

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Light sensitivity

fungal keratitis eye infectionphotophobia

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Lights, halos around

See: halos

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M, N, O, P, Q

Symptom

Possible Eye Problem or Disease

Movement of eyelid, limited ability

cranial nerve palsyeye tumor (orbital)trauma (orbital fracture)

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Movement of eyes, involuntary

nystagmusopsoclonus

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Movement of eyes, limited ability

cranial nerve palsyeye tumor (orbital)Graves' ophthalmologyophthalmoplegiaParinaud dorsal midbrain syndromestroketrauma

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Night vision problem

myopiaretinitis pigmentosa

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Pain or discomfort around eyes

blepharoconjunctivitiseye tumor (orbital)orbital pseudotumor (inflammatory)sinusitistrauma

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Pain or discomfort in eye

blepharitisblepharoconjunctivitischalazionconjunctivitiscontact lens problemcorneal abrasioncorneal dystrophycorneal edemacorneal erosioncorneal ulcerdacryocystitis,dry eye syndromeectropionendophthalmitisentropionepiscleritiseye tumorforeign bodyfungal keratitis eye infectionglaucomaGraves' ophthalmologyhypotonykeratitis,migrainemucormycosisneuroretinitisophthalmoplegiaoptic nerve problemorbital cellulitisphotokeratitisscleritissinusitisstysurgerytraumauveitisvascular problem. See also: burningforeign body sensation

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Pain or discomfort, eyelid

blepharitischalazionectropionentropioneye tumor (lid)orbital cellulitissty

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Peripheral vision problem

anophthalmos. See also: vision loss, peripheral

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Pupil, large (dilated)

cranial nerve palsydrugstrauma

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Pupil, small

Argyll Robertson pupildrugsHorner's syndrome

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Pupils, different sized

anisocoria. See also: pupil, large and pupil, small

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Pupil unresponsiveness to light

Argyll Robertson pupilcranial nerve palsydrugsglaucomaoptic nerve problemParinaud dorsal midbrain syndrometonic pupiltraumauveitis

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Pupil, white

See: spot on eye, white or cloudy

R, S

Symptom

Possible Eye Problem or Disease

Red or pink eye

allergyblepharoconjunctivitiscanaliculitiscavernous sinus problemcomputer vision syndromeconjunctivitiscontact lens problemcorneal abrasioncorneal ulcerdacryocystitisdry eye syndromeectropionendophthalmitisentropionepiscleritiseye tumorforeign bodyfungal keratitis eye infectionglaucomaGraves' ophthalmologymeibomianitispterygiumscleritissubconjunctival hemorrhagesurgeryuveitisvascular problem

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Red or pink eyelid

blepharitisblepharoconjunctivitiscontact lens problemdacryoadenitisectropionlupus erythematosusmeibomianitis,orbital cellulitisstyevascular birthmark. See also: spot on eyelid, colored

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Shadow in vision

macular degenerationretinal detachment. See also: floater in vision

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Shadow on letters

astigmatismmacular degeneration. See also: double vision

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Small appearance of objects that are actually larger

metamorphopsia

-

Small eye

enophthalmosmicrophthalmiaptosis. See also: bulging eye

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Spasm

See: eye twitching

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Speck in vision

See: floater in vision

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Spot in vision

cataract. See also: floater in visionvision loss

-

Spot on eye, brown

melanosisnevusskin cancer

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Spot on eye, red or pink

See: red or pink eye

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Spot on eye, white or cloudy

cataractcorneal edemacorneal opacitycorneal ulcereye tumor (intraocular)leukocoriapingueculapterygium. See also: white ring/bow around iris

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Spot on eye, yellow

pinguecula. See also: yellow eyes

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Spot on eyelid, colored

eye tumorliver spotlupus erythematosusmelanosisnevuspapillomapediculosisskin cancerxanthelasma. See also: red or pink eyelid

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Squiggle in vision

metamorphopsia. See also: floater in vision

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Squinting

accommodation disorderamblyopiahyperopiamyopia,photophobiapresbyopiauveitisvergence disorder. See also: light sensitivity

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Sticky eyes

allergyblepharitisblepharoconjunctivitisconjunctivitis,dacryocystitisdacryostenosis

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Straight lines appear wavy, curved or bent

metamorphopsia

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Strand shape in vision

See: floater in vision

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Swelling, around eyes

dacryoadenitisdacryocystitiseye tumororbital cellulitissinusitistrauma

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Swelling, eye

chemosisfungal keratitis eye infectiontrauma

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Swelling, eyelid

allergyblepharitiscanaliculitischalazioncontact lens problemdacryoadenitiseye tumormeibomianitisorbital cellulitissinusitisstytraumavascular problem

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T, U, V

Symptom

Possible Eye Problem or Disease

Tearing

allergyblepharitisblepharoconjunctivitischalazionconjunctivitiscorneal abrasioncorneal dystrophycorneal ulcercranial nerve palsydacryocystitisdacryostenosisdry eye syndromeentropionenvironmental conditionepiscleritisforeign bodyfungal keratitis eye infectionkeratitisoverflow tearingscleritisstytraumauveitis

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Tired eyes

See: eye strain

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Tunnel vision

See: vision loss, peripheral

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Twitching (tic)

blepharospasmhemifacial spasmmyokymia

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Vision improvement, temporary

cataract

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Vision loss, central

central serous retinopathychoroidal neovascularization,epiretinal membranemacular degenerationmacular holemigraineneuroretinitisoptic nerve problemvascular problemwhite dot syndrome

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Vision loss, general

albinismamblyopiaband keratopathycavernous sinus problemcorneal dystrophycorneal edemacorneal opacity,cranial nerve palsydiabetic retinopathydrugsendophthalmitisentropioneye tumorforeign bodyfungal keratitis eye infectionGraves' ophthalmologylead poisoningLeber's congenital amaurosislens dislocationmigraine,mucormycosisneuroretinitisoptic nerve problemorbital cellulitisPatau syndromephotokeratitispseudotumor cerebriretinal detachmentretinitisstrokesurgeryTay-Sachs diseasetoxocariasistraumavascular problemvitreous hemorrhagewhite dot syndrome

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Vision loss, peripheral

drugsglaucomamigraineocular migraineoptic nerve problemretinitisretinitis pigmentosa

W, X, Y, Z

Symptom

Possible Eye Problem or Disease

Wall-eyed (eye turned towards ear)

cranial nerve palsystrabismus

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Watering eyes

See: tearing

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Wavy lines in vision

metamorphopsiamigraineocular migraine. See also: floater in vision

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White ring around iris

arcus

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White spot on eye

See: spot on eye, white or cloudy

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Yellow eyes

jaundice

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Yellow spot on eye

See: spot on eye, yellow

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Zigzag in vision

See: floater in visionwavy lines in vision

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