4. Watery Gunk & the Common Cold
If you are experiencing a watery discharge from the corners of your eyes, it could be an early sign of a common cold.
A cold affects all the mucous membranes in your head, so it is common to experience watery eye discharge. Also, you may have red, irritated eyes, along with other symptoms like congestion, sinus pressure, a runny nose, loss of smell or taste, sneezing, and headaches.
The most effective and popular home remedies for a common cold include gargling with salt water, resting, and staying hydrated.
5. Thick, Sticky Gunk & Dacryocystitis
When your eye gunk is thick and sticky, it could be due to dacryocystitis.
Dacryocystitis, an infection of the tear sac, occurs when a blocked tear duct prevents your tears from draining normally and allows bacteria to build up inside the tear sac. This causes the eye to produce a thick and sticky discharge .
Along with the discharge, other symptoms of dacryocystitis include pain, redness, a watery eye, and swelling in the corner of the eye next to the nose.
To relieve pain and swelling from the infection, applying a warm compress on your closed eyelid a few times per day can help. However, the main treatment for dacryocystitis is antibiotics.
6. Extra Gunk & Dirty or Old Contact Lenses
If you wear lenses and your eyes are producing more gunk than usual, it is time to check your lenses.
This is because dirty or old lenses might contain viruses or bacteria that are getting into your eyes. This increases the risk of an eye infection and causes your eyes to produce more discharge.
Get your lenses checked by an expert and replaced or upgraded if needed. Always wash your s in appropriate solution that is recommended by your eye doctor, and do not sleep with your lenses in your eyes.
7. Gunk Impairing Vision & Corneal Ulcers
If you have a pus-like discharge from an eye that makes it hard to see, you need to see your doctor.
Sometimes, it could be due to a corneal ulcer, which is an infected sore on the cornea that can result in discharge so thick you have trouble seeing. This type of infection is common in people who wear expired soft lenses or disposable lenses for an extended period of time.
Along with constant and thick gunk, other symptoms include an itchy eye, watery eye, burning or stinging sensations in the eye, a red or pink eye, and increased sensitivity to light.
If you have symptoms of a potential corneal ulcer, get your eyes checked by an eye doctor. Depending upon the cause, prescribed antibacterial, antifungal, or antiviral eye medication may be needed to treat the underlying problem.
American Academy of Ophthalmology, a corneal transplant can replace your damaged cornea with a healthy donor cornea to restore vision .
Tips to Backent Eye Problems
- Avoid touching your eyes with dirty hands.
- Wash your hands frequently, especially if you have an eye infection.
- Avoid using any kind of eye makeup if you have an eye infection.
- If you experience eye discharge when wearing s, remove your lenses and see your eye doctor.
- Always remove your s as instructed and ensure you are cleaning them properly.
- Avoid wearing old s.
- Discard old eye makeup and avoid sharing eye makeup with others.
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