As you sleep, you may accumulate discharge at the corner of your eyes. Also known as “sleep”, this discharge is a combination of mucus, oil, skin cells and other debris. It looks a bit unpleasant, but is it actually something you need to be worried about? Eyes on Norbeck, the go-to specialist for computer vision exam in the area, shares what you need to know here.
No, Eye Discharge is Typically Normal
Eye discharge can be wet and sticky, or dry and crusty depending on how much of the liquid in the accumulation has evaporated. You may think it doesn’t serve much purpose, but eye discharge actually has a protective function. It can keep your eyes healthy by removing waste products and other potentially harmful debris from the tear films and the front surface of your eyes.
Your eyes generate mucus throughout the day, but the thin, tear films continuously bathe them when you blink. This flushes out the discharge before it hardens. At night, however, when you’re asleep and unblinking, the discharge collects and crusts in the corners of your eyes instead. While some slight eye discharge upon waking is normal, there are cases when it isn’t, and you’ll need to promptly visit your trusted optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam.
Be Aware of the Symptoms of Something More Serious
Have you noticed a difference in consistency, color, and quantity of the eye discharge? When the accumulation is too thick and excessive, and possibly green or yellow in color, it might indicate an eye infection–more so if the discharge is accompanied by eye pain, blurry vision, or light sensitivity. Common eye conditions related to abnormal eye discharge include conjunctivitis, or pink eye, which occurs when the conjunctiva, the thin membrane that lines the ‘white’ of the eyes and the inner surface of the eyelids are inflamed.
Have your eye checked immediately if they are generating excessive discharge. Schedule an eye exam with Eyes on Norbeck. We’ll accurately diagnose the root cause of abnormal discharge and recommend the necessary treatment. We’re not just your premier source of high-quality prescription eyeglasses–we can also mitigate a range of eye conditions with our specialized services. Ensure a lifetime of clear and healthy eyesight by turning to us for your eye care needs. We serve Rockville, MD and the nearby cities. Call us today at (301) 238-7199 or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation.