Some evidence of deep sleep is clearly seen when you open your eyes in the morning - tangled hair, dragon-smelling breath, a trail of saliva that dries on your cheeks, and a thick eye.
And while the causes of these remnants of sleep are quite clear, the reason behind the sometimes sticky sometimes hard crust that adorns the corners of the eye is not widely known. Why do you only look at night? What is it made of? Learn more about this phlegm phenomenon, and although this is a fairly normal and healthy part of bedtime: when to worry.
The tear eye is the result of dirt and tears that dry out
Your eyes produce eye drop mucus, aka rheum, all day long. Eye drop mucus comes from a mixture of waste products, dust, irritants, dead skin cells, and potentially dangerous foreign objects that are caught into the eye. If a foreign object enters the eye, this will cause red eyes, itching, discomfort, and wateriness. This watery eye reaction is the body's natural response to foreign objects that infiltrate the eye.
Tears are an important component of good eye health. Tears consist of a combination of water, runny mucus produced by the conjunctiva (called mucin), and meibum - an oily substance secreted by the meibomic gland, located longitudinally on the eyelids, which helps keep your eyes moisturized while rinsing dirt out of the eye in between blinks. This thin layer of tears continues to inundate the surface of your eyes every time you blink, throw away all the rubbish and the rest of the rheum through the drainage of the tears before the mucus hardens in your eyes. Sometimes, we even rub eyes to remove these eye droppings.
When you sleep, you don't blink. The eye surface is kept moist because the eyes are tightly closed. Instead of continuing the process of cleaning the eyes, mucus and any remaining waste that might enter when you last opened your eyes is not wasted. Tear production also decreases when you sleep, causing an increase in eye dryness. Gravitational forces also play a role in helping "drop" dirt into the bottom of the eye, towards the tear drainage channel like a drain pipe. However, due to the dryness of the eye surface not all eye waste can easily pass through this channel. Volume or large particles may be left behind, accumulating in the corners of the eye. The rest of the eye drop may also be found in the outer corner of the eye or along the lashes. This is what is called belek.
The drier the surface of the eye (or if you tend to have dry eye conditions), the thick texture will dry, in the form of rough or sandy crumbs. If there is still residual moisture in the eye, it will have a slightly sticky, slimy texture. Most people can clean the spots in the eyes by only rubbing their eyes in the morning. If it is difficult, warm washcloths or face wash can help. Some people may feel the need to remove the sticky residue that is still attached using saline eye drops.
When do you need to watch out for your eyes?
Normal to experience a tear eye. However, if you notice a change in consistency, texture, amount, or color from your eyes, which may also be followed by pain, this can indicate a certain eye disease or infection.
Here are some types of eyes and conditions that might be related to them. If you have one of the eye conditions below, do not hesitate to consult a doctor for a more precise diagnosis and treatment needed.
1. Green or thick gray mucus
Eyes that resemble greenish or grayish white mucus can show eye infections caused by pyogenic bacteria (pus producers), aka bacterial conjunctivitis. This inflammation of the lining of the eye is also characterized by reddish eyes, such as sandy, irritated, and itchy. In some cases, flexion formation can be so severe that it seals your eyes temporarily closed when you wake up early.
2. Yellowish mucus
Yellowish mucus accompanied by pain when flashing and small bumps on the eyelids such as pimples (swelling, redness) can be caused by staining, aka hordeolum (eye drops). The gland of the eyelid can be blocked and infected, causing mucus. Biting eyes will usually heal on their own, but it is important to refrain from breaking pus from the lump to avoid the risk of infection spreading to other parts of the eye or to the skin around the eyes.
3. Bebola mucus is white or yellow
White or yellow Bebola that falls with tears is a common sign of dacryocystitis, an infection of the tear drainage system or nasolacrimal sac. If you have this condition, you may complain of pain throughout the face, redness and swelling around the area of the upper nasal bone with a deep eye corner. You may also have mucus coming out of the puncta, a small drainage hole in the eyelid. This condition can be serious if not treated with antibiotics.
4. Dried thick sandy sands
Crusty patches accumulate thickly on the eyelids and eyelashes may be caused by blepharitis. Blepharitis is sometimes caused by bacteria found in your skin. The bacteria can grow and infect petals and eyelashes, causing redness and inflammation. The eyelids can also thicken and form dead skin scales such as dandruff.
5. Foamed mucus is greenish yellow
Meibomal hemorrhoid dysfunction (MGD) can cause the formation of fissures in the mucous-textured eyes such as foaming yellowish green pus, followed by several other painful symptoms.
Tears that mix with a little mucus, but can also be pale yellow, can be caused by viral conjunctivitis. Viral conjunctivitis is often associated with a virus that causes upper respiratory disease. This virus causes swelling of the eye groups, blurred vision, redness of the eyes, and a continuous sensation of "flicker". Inflammation and irritation caused by a virus will cause your eyes to continue to runny. This condition is very contagious.
7. White mucus is runny, sticky and stringy
Stringy white mucus that attaches to the corner of the eye can represent symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis. Allergic reactions allow the eyes to produce spots and other foreign particles fused together, thickening under the eyes. Allergic conjunctivitis is triggered by allergens - pollen, feathers, dust and other general irritants that cause eye allergies. This can also be caused by allergic reactions to chemical pollutants, makeup, contact lens fluids, and eye drops. Unlike red eyes due to viruses or bacteria, allergic conjunctivitis is not contagious and always affects both eyes.
In addition to conjunctivitis, there are many eye infections that cause abnormal eye strain. These include: ocular herpes (recurrent viral infection), fungal keratitis (rare but serious corneal inflammation) and Acanthamoeba keratitis (potentially blinding parasitic infection; usually caused by the use of unhygienic contact lenses or swimming while wearing contact lenses). If the tear eye is pus or blood (subconjunctival bleeding) occurs after an eye injury, visit your eye doctor immediately for treatment. All eye injuries must be treated as a medical emergency.
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