Every day after waking up from bed we clean our eyes. Yes, that discharge – flowing, glue like or crusty substance in your eyes is nothing but a discharge that acts as a defence for your eyes. But too much of discharge might signify eye infection as well.
Symptoms associated with eye discharge
Normally the fluid is clear and watery in texture. If the water content is less then it tends to become crusty – the thing that you clean off from your eyes in the morning.
Eye discharge can be yellowish or greenish and thick, which might stick to your eyelashes. If that happens then your eyes tend to get glued in the morning. This is very common among kids especially in winters.
If you have an infection then you might experience the following symptoms
- Irritation and itching in eyes
- Eye pain and swollen eyelids
- Redness in eyes or bloodshot
Causes of eye discharge
Clear discharge is normal, it comes out when there’s too much fluid inside your eyes. It cleanses the tears and removes foreign objects from your eyes. However, thick discharge shows up when you have allergy- seasonal allergies, hay fever, etc, infections like bacterial or viral conjunctivitis, irritation in eyes due to exposure to smoke, chemicals, dry wind, cold, etc. Eye discharge also happens when you have common cold, flu or have dry eye syndrome.
When to see a doctor
If this eye discharge has become persistent and you (or your kid) have tat “matty” feeling in your eyes for a few days then you should go for an eye check up.
Diagnosis of eye discharge
Your eye specialist will physically examine your eyes and evaluate the symptoms. You have to explain him/her about the nature, colour and consistency of the discharge and how often you experience them. Allergies and infection will get detected by physical examination of eyes.
Your vision might also be tested in case you experience problems with your eyesight due to the discharge.
If your doctor suspects corneal ulcer or some serious bacterial or viral infection then the discharge would be collected and cultured in laboratory.
Treatment of eye discharge
The treatment depends on the underlying cause of the discharge. In less serious cases, you can solve it with home remedies. Otherwise your doctor will give you eye drops as per the nature of infection.
Antihistamine eye drops are given to stop eye discharge occurring from allergies, while antibiotic or antiviral eye drop are prescribed for bacterial or viral conjunctivitis. Once the infection heals, you won’t notice any pus like discharge further.
You can also apply lubricating eye drops with your doctor’s permission to get away with that gluey feeling from eyes.
Home remedies for eye discharge
One of the worst feelings in the morning is when your eyes have stuck due to the thick pus. The best remedy is- dip a cotton ball in moderately warm water and wipe off the fluid gently from your eyes. Then rinse your eyes with mild warm and clean water.
Never rub or clean your eyes with unclean hands.
Remove eye makeup before going to bed and never share your eye grooming cosmetics with anyone. If you are allergic to a particular product then stop using it immediately.
Protect your eyes from cold, dust and other irritants. Wear goggles whenever you step out of home
Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: December 29, 2014