Have you ever wondered what eye boogers are and why they show up every morning in the corner of your eyes? Well, eye boogers essentially are a cluster of debris mostly dead skin cells and dirt mixed with the oils and mucus that form the tear film on top of the eye. Wonder why all that gunk does not settle in your eye during the day? Well, blinking bats it away. Since there is hardly any blinking at night, the gunk builds up and settles in the eye’s corner.
Boogers that you see every morning should not be a cause for worry. But, if there is any difference in the colour, consistency and quantity of eye gunk, you may have an eye infection or disease. Some common eye conditions that are associated with abnormal or excessive eye boogers include the following:
If the eye booger is just a small amount, there needn’t be anything to worry about. But, if it is of an unusually different colour, consistency and amount, you may want to check with a doctor to make sure it is not an infection.
Until you visit the doctor, you may use a warm compress over your eyes to relieve symptoms. If the eyelids are stuck together, you can unglue them by using a washcloth to softly wet the area. Place the wet cloth on your eye for a while before wiping the eye gunk away.
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