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Healthy Community Healthy You – Eye Boogers: Morning Surprise

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Dr. Megan Johnson McCullough – Waking up and looking in the mirror, we do the initial one over and notice crust or discharge in the corner of our eyes. Many call it “sleep” or “eye boogers”. This buildup of mucus in the eyes happens all through the day, but at night we don’t blink to clear it out. This is completely normal, but some people do get more build up then others. If the eye isn’t red or itchy, most times the mucus will just be a here and there occurrence when you actually notice it.  

When excess mucus occurs, it is usually the result of dirt or debris that wasn’t washed away. This can happen when not all make up is removed before bed or when going camping, after a day at the beach, or camping. Some eye products or even types of contact lenses. Allergies can also cause excess build up.  

Eye boogers are a healthy indication that the eye is trying to clean itself. However, there are remedies to help reduce the buildup. Removing contacts at night can help. Keeping your linens clean is important and should be washed often. Using a cold, wet compress upon waking up can help loosen up the mucus and remove more which then of course reduces the buildup over time. Placing cooled tea bags over the eyes can also help clear up any possible mucus injections.  

Mucus is going to occur in the eyes because this is a natural protective mechanism the body performs. During the day we might blink up to 20 times per minute, so the cleaning is constant. At night, shut eyes means whatever is left over isn’t getting let out. The gunk is trying to make its way out by seeping out to the corner of eyes or eyelid. Making sure that the eyes are clean is important or you are forcing them to go above and beyond and produce more mucus for cleaning. Wash off the day before bed and rest those eyes and let them not only take a break from blinking, but a blank from working too. After all, maybe not having any eye boogers means you aren’t getting enough sleep either and are still keeping those eyes open longer and blinking for extra hours.  

Sometimes eye discharge is also a warning signal that something is wrong. When ap person develops pink eye or conjunctivitis, the blood vessels in the eye have become infected and the mucus is trying to help wash out the infection. If a tear duct becomes infected and the eye is not able to produce tears of moisture, the duct will discharge to help get rid of the bad bacteria. If tear glands become off balances in terms of having enough moisture, oils, and antibodies, mucus will act like an emergency tear to help the eyes remain healthy.  

Sleep well and let your clean eyes have their rest too. A little bit of eye boogers never hurt anyone. Like anything, too much of something isn’t good so always be aware. Don’t think of eye mucus as disgusting, think of it as the aftermath of your eye’s labor to keep you clean and healthy.  

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