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March 13, 2016
By Louise Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist






Goop, gunk, sleep, mucus; whatever you call it, that build-up of
discharge in your eyes can be a real problem. Eye goop can be
dry or sticky, watery or thick, depending on how much liquid out
of the discharge has evaporated. It normally builds up in your
eyes after sleep, but certain conditions can also result in
permanently blocked eyes throughout the day. What exactly
causes goop in your eyes? Is it serious, and how can you treat
the conditions that cause the discharge?

Where Does Goop in my Eyes Come From?

A regular amount of discharge from the eye is normal and
beneficial for the health of your eyes. Eye goop is a combination
of mucus and the oil that helps keep your eyes lubricated and
removes harmful waste products from the surface of the eye.

Eye discharge also contains skin cells and other debris that may
accumulate in the eye. When you do not wash away the mucus
mixture with tears (the normal tears that your eyes produce all
the time to keep your eyes moist) it collects in the corner of your
eye or your lash line. This is why you frequently wake up with
“sleep in your eye” because you do not blink when you are
sleeping.

Causes of Eye Goop

You can often tell what is causing eye goop by its color and
consistency. For example, clear and watery goop could be caused
by viral or allergic conjunctivitis, an allergy, dry eyes, an eye
injury or dacryocystitis. Crusty, dry build-up in your eyes is often
caused by blepharitis, bacterial conjunctivitis or a stye in the eye.
Sticky, gooey goop is the result of bacterial conjunctivitis, corneal
ulcer, or other eye infections.

If you wear contact lenses you may experience goop in your eyes
more often because you suffer from lens-related discomfort, or
you have an infection caused by the lenses. An eye injury can
also cause goop in the eye.

Goop in your eye is not usually a cause for alarm but if the goop
looks suddenly different in color or consistency than normal, or it
is green- or yellow-colored and you also suffer from blurred
vision or eye pain, you should get it checked out immediately.
Treatment for goop in the eyes depends on what is causing the
problem.

Once you have identified the source of the issue you can try one
of these scientifically-tested remedies:

































1.
Deal with Conjunctivitis, a Cause of Eye Goop

Conjunctivitis, also known as pinkeye, is a common condition
characterized by an inflammation of the clear membrane that
covers the eyeball.

You will notice a white, green, or yellow mucus that forms as a
crust along your lash line. Conjunctivitis is caused by a virus, or
could be caused by bacteria, allergies, irritants, or trauma.

Viral conjunctivitis usually clears up on its own but bacterial
infections need treatment. If you frequently suffer from goop in
the eyes caused by conjunctivitis, increase your intake of
vitamin
A.  

Studies like the 1976 research by BG Rankov show people with
chronic conjunctivitis have a deficiency in vitamin A. Vitamin A
supplements may be useful for treating conjunctivitis, but it is not
proven.

2.
Treat Blepharitis, a Common Cause of Eye Goop

The eye disease blepharitis produces crusting on the eyelashes,
excessive tearing, red and swollen eyelids, and an itching or
burning sensation.

N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is believed to help in treating blepharitis
because it loosens the crusts – the goop – on the eyelashes
through the actions of an antioxidant enzyme.

A 2002 study from SSK Okmeydani Training Hospital in Turkey
found that n-acetyl cysteine alongside regular treatment for
blepharitis resulted in improvements to the tear film, and
therefore less goop.

3.
Eye Goop May Be Caused by Dry Eyes

It may seem like the opposite, but
dry eye syndrome can actually
cause a build-up of goop in the eye.

This is because the surface of the eye is not kept properly
lubricated and therefore becomes irritated, resulting in watery
eye discharge that can build up into goop.

Studies show that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may actually
help you produce more tears, and therefore keep the eyes
lubricated with less chance of infection and irritation.  

A 2011 study from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical
Center at Dallas showed that a daily dose of fish oil for 90 days
raised average tear production and tear volume in people
suffering from dry eyes.

If you want to see the benefits, increase your intake of oily fish
such as salmon or sardines as high doses of fish oil supplements
can cause stomach upsets.

4.
Flaxseed Oil Can Also Help Clear Goop Caused by Dry Eyes

Dry eyes, and the associated goop, may also be remedied using
flaxseed oil as it is particularly high in omega-3 fatty acids, says a
2007 study from the University of Brazil.

Flaxseed oil is a good choice as it is better tolerated than fish oils.

5.
Contact Lens Problems Can Cause Goop in Your Eyes

Wearing contact lenses can cause  mucus to build up in your eyes
because you have an infection caused by wearing the lenses, or
you are experiencing discomfort when wearing the lenses, which
leads to dry, irritated eyes.

You can try to beat dryness caused by your lenses by taking
evening primrose oil, says a 2008 study from Sussex Eye Hospital
in the UK.

6.
Allergic Conjunctivitis Causes Eye Goop

If the goop is dry and in small quantities, it may be caused by
allergic conjunctivitis, a condition that occurs after exposure to
pollen, mold or dander.

You could try butterbur to ease the symptoms of an allergic
reaction. A 2004 study from the Allergy Clinic in Landquart,
Switzerland showed that butterbur tablets reduced allergy
symptoms such as eye discharge, red eyes, and sneezing.

7.
Treat Eye Goop Caused by Seborrheic Dermatitis

Yellow or green mucus in the eye may be caused by blepharitis,
which in turn can be caused by seborrheic
dermatitis.

A 1999 study from the Dermatology Institute, General Sick Fund,
Beer-Sheva, Israel shows that gel from the aloe plant helps to
treat the scaliness, itchiness, and discharge associated with
seborrheic dermatitis, which may cause a build-up of goop in the
eye.













































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Butterbur herb can help reduce goop in
your eyes by allergic conjunctivitis
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