6 Signs That Indicate Your Eyes Need Attention

Your eyes are literally the ticket to the way you experience life. In a world ravaged by visual stimulations of all kinds, your eyes act as the entry point. Despite its paramount importance, many don’t value them enough. Your eyes, eyelids and the skin around them are some of the most sensitive regions in your body. Here are 6 signs that tell that your eyes are trying to grab your attention for the sake of good health.

1. Your Eyes Are Itchy And Watery

reasons why eyes are itching


Allergic reaction of the eyes can be very irritating as it’s often accompanied by the constant urge to rub the eyes. Also known as allergic conjunctivitis, it can start as an immune response to dust, pollen, pet dander, aerosols or anything else in your environment.

Moving away from the trigger and splash your eyes with clean, cold water to soothe the eyes. Over-the-counter eye drops with anti-histamines can also be used to reduce the redness of the eyes.1


2. Your Eye Has A Crusty White Discharge

Your Eye Has A Crusty White Discharge

If one of both of your eyes has a thick crusty white discharge forming frequently, it could be due to conjunctivitis. It’s a microbial inflammation of the eyes and is extremely contagious. You are also likely to experience tearing up of the eyes in addition to pain and redness. Blocked nose and nasal congestion can also occur if the conjunctivitis is caused by viruses. Meet an ophthalmologist without delay for necessary treatment.2


3. You Have A Painful Bump Under Your Eyelid

painful bump under eyelid

Pimples are unsightly especially when they appear on the face. But a painful pimple or bump can appear under the eyelid or the corner of an eye in some conditions. These are called sties. An eye sty is an infected follicle of an eyelash. Eyelash follicles can get infected if they get clogged with makeup, sweat or excess oil.


The eye appears swollen and tender in the presence of a stye. In many cases, the sties ripen and begin to ooze pus. The best home remedy for getting rid of an eye sty is to apply warm compress on it to encourage the drainage of pus. If it still persists after 3 days of heat application, consult an ophthalmologist for expert treatment. To prevent eye sties make sure to remove all traces of makeup before you sleep and wash your eyes frequently with cool water daily.

4. You Feel There’s Something Gritty In Your Eye

feeling of sand in the eye


It’s pretty natural to feel like rubbing the eyes when something gets in it. If you feel that something sandy or gritty is stuck in the eyes that don’t seem to go away despite constant rubbing, your eyes could be too dry. In dry eyes, your eyeballs are not moistened enough due to inadequate tear secretion.

It’s very common among those who wear contacts or keep staring at computer or mobile screens for a prolonged duration. Not blinking at least every 4 seconds causes tears to get evaporated leading to dry eyes. Blinking every 5 seconds consciously, removing contacts before sleep and taking breaks from screens every 30 minutes can prevent this condition.


5. Your Eyes Are Swollen And Red

eye appears swollen and red

Swollen eyes with redness can occur in almost all conditions that affect the eyes. It can be a sign of allergy or infection. Warm compress application is a great way to increase blood flow and reduce swelling. Keep your eyes clean and moist by splashing cool water on them. If the swelling doesn’t subside in 3 days, meet a doctor immediately.


6. You Are Experiencing Problems With Vision

vision problems, cataract, and glaucoma

Blurred or double vision with haziness are signs of common vision problems. Not getting your vision checked and treated can lead to eye strain and headaches. Correction of vision is the primary mode of treating vision-related problems. If you are a diabetic, you are at a higher risk of developing cataract or glaucoma, which can interfere with the clarity of vision too. Keeping diabetes under control can prevent these disorders from developing.34

The eyes are delicate sense organs which need your tender care on a regular basis. If you ever experience any of the above symptoms, consult an ophthalmologist at the earliest.