Have you ever experienced waking up with mucus in your eye, and with such clouded vision? The first remedy here is to apply a little warm water, which should do the trick. But you may need to do more to keep your eyes healthy and protected from eye mucus and symptoms of other conditions. Here is a mini guide to safely removing and addressing eye mucus.
The yellow crust of eye mucus is typically caused by your eye reacting or fighting back at bacteria or irritating elements that have found their way into eye. Bacteria usually grow out of improperly removed eye makeup. There can also be seasonal allergies, as well as the unhealthy habit of sleeping in contact lenses. There could also be eyelid oil, an excess of which you can remove by washing the area with baby shampoo and they drying eyelids downward to remove oil out of the area.
Take note of illnesses (including sinusitis) that can cause mucus from infection buildup manifest near your eye. Conjunctivitis and other medical eye infections, finally, can increase matted, pus-like eye discharge.
The symptoms of eye mucus include primarily a thick, yellow discharge in the corners of eye. It can settle into a hard crust on your eyelid and eyelashes. Mucus builds overnight while you sleep, seeping out of eye as the night progresses. In extreme cases, you may be unable to open your eyes in the morning. In cases of an eye infection, mucus will continue to seep from your eye during the entire day.
To safely remove eye mucus (whether the crusted type or a pus-like discharge), wash your face with a mild cleanser to remove the extra dirt from skin surrounding your eyes. Soak a soft washcloth in warm water, and hold it over your eye for a couple of minutes to soften mucus and prepare it for removal. Dab the cloth on your lashes to remove large pieces of mucus away. Hold it near the corners of your eyes to remove pus-like mucus away as well.
Maintain proper eye health and hygiene all the time, whether you have eye mucus or not. Before going to bed, remove eye makeup gently but thoroughly, using a specially formulated eye makeup remover. Watch out for old, expired, or contaminated eye cosmetics, and replace them immediately. If you are a contact lens wearer, always wash your hands before inserting or removing your lenses. Clean your lenses with the right lens solution before using them.
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