Like any other medical condition, it’s good for you to be familiar with symptoms of common eye conditions so you know what to look out for, what you can do and when to seek help.

Your eyes can also indicate signs of more problematic issues to do with your general health like diabetes and high blood pressure. Symptoms of these conditions are not always obvious, so regular eye exams are an essential part of maintaining your health.

The conditions below are all common – and can affect anyone in their lifetime


Astigmatism is a common condition in which a difference in the shape of the eye causes blurry or distorted vision

Learn about astigmatism


Blepharitis can cause the eyelids to become red and swollen

Learn about blepharitis


A cataract is a clouding of the naturally clear lens of the eye

Learn about cataracts


A chalazion is a small lump, or cyst, that develops slowly in the eyelid

Learn about chalazion

Cloudy vision

Often confused with blurry vision, cloudy vision is when objects appear ‘milky’ as if you’re looking through a cloudy piece of glass in one or both eyes

Learn about cloudy vision


Conjunctivitis, commonly referred to as pink eye, occurs when the membrane that lines the inner eyelid and eyeball becomes infected or inflamed

Learn about conjunctivitis

Corneal ulcer

An eye or corneal ulcer is a painful sore that develops on the front surface of your eye

Learn about corneal ulcer


Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that leads to blood vessel damage at the back of the eye (the retina)

Learn about diabetic retinopathy

Digital eye strain

Focusing on a digital screen for an extended period of time can cause eye strain and exacerbate any other symptoms you are experiencing

Learn about digital eye strain

Double vision

Double vision, formally known as diplopia, can have several causes and may present in different ways.

Learn about double vision

Dry eye syndrome

Dry eye occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears or when the tears evaporate too quickly

Learn about dry eye syndrome

Eyelid twitching

Most people will recognize the sensation of a twitching eyelid. It’s very common and can occur to anyone at any time, usually intermittently

Learn about eyelid twitching


Floaters are a very common condition where one sees spots in their vision that may present as black or grey specks, cobwebs, or strings

Learn about floaters


Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, the nerve that connects the eye to the brain

Learn about glaucoma


A common visual condition where you can see objects in the distance better than objects up close.

Learn about hyperopia


It’s a gradual process, but you’ll start to notice change in close vision from around the age of 40

Learn about presbyopia

Hay fever

Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is an allergic reaction that can irritate and inflame the eyes

Learn about hay fever

Macular degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive retinal condition that affects your central vision

Learn about AMD


Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a condition in which one can see objects up close relatively well but has difficulty seeing distant objects clearly

Learn about myopia

Ocular hypertension

Ocular hypertension is a condition in which the pressure in the eye, intraocular pressure, is higher than normal

Learn about ocular hypertension

Ocular migraines

Ocular migraines, more formally known as retinal migraines, can produce alarming symptoms which usually resolve on their own in less than an hour

Learn about ocular migraines

Red eyes

Red eyes can be a result of many conditions, including irritation, inflammation, infection, or allergy

Learn about red eyes

Retinal detachment

Although this is a more serious eye condition, it can be treated in its varying stages

Learn about retinal detachment


Also known as a hordeolum, a stye is a small, painful lump developing on the inside or outside the eyelid

Learn about stye

Watery eyes

Watery eyes occur if too many tears are produced or if they cannot drain away properly

Learn about watery eyes

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