Eye Discharge: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/10/2019

Eye discharge occurs whenever there is excess fluid in the eye. Eye discharge may be clear and watery, like tears, or in the case of infections, it may be thick and opaque. There are many causes of eye discharge, ranging from infections to allergic reactions to eye injury. Irritation of the eyes is a frequent cause of watery eye discharge. Allergic reactions can cause itchy, watery eyes. Both allergies and infections cause pinkeye, or conjunctivitis. Eye discharge associated with infections is usually accompanied by other symptoms, including

  • redness (bloodshot appearance),
  • burning,
  • blurred vision, or
  • eye pain.

Photophobia (sensitivity to light) can be associated with eye infections. Most causes of eye discharge are not serious and can be easily treated. Eye discharge can be accompanied by other symptoms, including

  • crust,
  • matting of the eyelids, or
  • tenderness.

Related Symptoms & Signs

Other causes of eye discharge

  • Bacterial Infections
  • Blocked Tear Duct
  • Ectropion
  • Entropion
  • Foreign Body in the Eye
  • Trauma or Irritation of the Eyes
  • Viral Infections

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/10/2019


Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) Symptoms, Causes, Treatments See Slideshow

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors