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Throughout the course of the day, your eyes will produce mucus or rheum, which helps remove waste from your eyes along with other harmful debris. When you blink, you’re able to flush out the mucus before it hardens, but when you’re sleeping, the mucus will accumulate in the corners of your eyes. When you wake in the morning, you may have a bit of crust, or “sleep” in your eyes, which is a combination of all the oil, mucus, and skin cells your eyes have discharged.

While waking up with sleep in your eyes is considered normal, it’s important that you’re able to differentiate between normal eye discharge, and abnormal eye discharge. Abnormal eye discharge is usually either yellow or green in color, and is sometimes accompanied by eye pain, sensitivity to light, and blurry vision. Abnormal eye discharge should be checked out by an eye doctor as soon as possible so you can receive proper diagnosis and treatment.


  • Conjunctivitis: Also known as pink eye, conjunctivitis will cause your eyes to feel itchy, irritated, and gritty, and produces green, white, or yellow eye mucus that results in severe crusting. Conjunctivitis could make your eyes feel as if they are glued shut upon your waking.
  • Blepharitis: This eyelid disorder can often result in the production of yellow or green eye pus, foamy eye discharge, and eyelid crusting.
  • Stye: Often caused by an infected eyelash follicle, a stye can trigger yellow pus, eyelid crusting and discomfort while blinking.
  • Dry eyes: Dry eyes are often caused by insufficient tear production, and can produce watery eye discharge.
  • Contact lenses: An increase in eye discharge when wearing contact lenses could be a sign of a contact lens-related eye infection. Remove your contact lenses promptly and see your eye doctor as soon as possible.
  • Corneal ulcer: This abscess-like infection of the cornea can result in eye discharge so thick in consistency that it impairs vision.
  • Dacryocystitis: This condition, which results from a blocked tear duct, can cause thick, sticky, eye discharge.


A small amount of eye discharge in the morning is typically considered normal, but if your eye discharge changes in frequency, consistency, color, and amount, make an appointment with your eye doctor immediately to undergo an eye examination. If your discharge is found to be caused by an eye infection, your eye doctor may prescribe antiviral eye drops and ointments, or antibiotics.

If you’re experiencing extreme discomfort from abnormal eye discharge, place a warm compress over your eyes to relieve symptoms of pain, general discomfort, and itching. A warm compress can also help “unglue” your eyelids if they’ve become stuck together and are causing you to experience difficulty with opening your eyes.

Call Silverstein Eye Centers today to make an appointment for an eye exam.

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  1. Karen says:

    Whenever I put in a new pair of contacts my left eye has discharge frequently throughout the day and is more watery than normal. After a few weeks it goes away. When my contacts are older I don’t have this problem but it happens again when I put in a new pair.

    • Hi Karen,

      Thanks for posting. It sounds like we might need to take a look at your contacts … and your eyes! If you’d like to make an appointment, just give us a call or use our contact form and we’ll get right back to you. Thanks so much!

      • Adam coker says:

        I am 13 years old and after swimming when i closed my eyes for 15 minutes their was white goo on the white part of my eye

        • Hi Adam,

          That’s pretty common. Just flush out your eyes with fresh water when you’re done swimming. If any redness persists, you might ask your parents to schedule an eye exam just to rule out any infection, but otherwise, your eyes are probably fine.

          • Penny says:

            For a few weeks now I’ve been waking up with my eyes crusted shut. Im not sick and I have allergies, but I have been swimming in my pool. After I swim, though, I always shower and rinse my eyes. Do you know what causes this?

          • Hi Penny – do you use any eye drops during the day (for allergies or dryness)? Sometimes that can cause crusty morning eyes. You might take a peek at this post for other ideas: It’s probably nothing to worry about, but if you’re concerned, feel free to contact our office for an appointment. We’d be happy to do an exam to determine the exact cause. Thanks!

          • Victoria Cenechals says:

            I was putting a relaxer in my hair when a piece of hair swung down right into my eye. I flushed it out with water immediately but it got red and irritated of course. The redness cleared up in an hour except for at the bottom of my eye which is covered by my bottom lid. When i compare it to the other eye it’s more red and looks inflamed a bit. Also it hurts to touch it as well as blink. There is some white substance that keeps forming and blurring my vision when it travels across my eye.

        • Zak Zidate says:

          at night i get this yellow or white goo at the top of my eye lids and is very discomforting how do i make it stop?

      • Emily says:

        Hello, my eyes are a bit red in the morning then fine during the day, then again at night they turn red. I originally thought I had pinkeye because I met some of the symptoms but I don’t have it. I wake up with crust on my eyes not too much that I have to pry them apart but sometimes I have to force them open. This has been going on for a week. Do you think it could be allergies?

      • india says:

        my friend has had bad conjuntivitous and where he has been wiping the stringy goo from the eyeball he has pulled the clear film lip inside the eyeball on the lower part, and this clear film has been pulled up from excessive touching and is nearly touching the iris, how can we help it go back to normal?

        • Hi India,

          Once the conjunctivitis has cleared up, that discharge should improve. Has your friend seen an eye doctor, and have they been using any prescribed drops?

          • Nikki Mccrumb says:

            I experienced the same thing everyday. My eyes get so irritated and this stringy goo comes out of my eye all day long. It’s almost like I have a film over my eyes but it comes out and it causes extreme discomfort and irritability. I don’t think it’s conjunctivitis because I’ve had it for years and every time I go to the eye doctor they say it’s dry eye but I’ve been treated for dry eye and take lubricating eye drops daily and nothing’s changing. Do you think antibiotics would help?

      • dua says:

        I applied kajal 4 days back and since then,when i wake up i get alot of eye discharge that i have to force open my eye and the eye looks red but gets normal after sometime.Is it some kind of allergy?

      • Danny says:

        Hi i have been having the white stuff in my eyes for over a year now. One time i got pink eye and ever since in the mornings my eyes are glued shut and have all that white stuff in it. Ive been having it EVERY day.

        • Tenicy Wiker says:

          Literally the same thing. I got bacterial pink eye and once it was gone it left the discharge in my eyes every day. Its probably been 2 or 3 months since I’ve had it and I dont know what to do either

      • Kenny says:

        I have mucus eye fishing syndrome, and sometimes when my eye is really irritated a string appears in my lower eyelid and when I try to remove it, it doesn’t come out. I have to drag it out with a q tip or my finger. And the consistency is almost like wet fabric strings. Is this worms??

        • Debra says:

          I have been suffering for 4 years with a condition that has progressively gotten worse it started out with what I was told to be chronic conjunctivitis chronic droopy eye syndrome and severe dry eye syndrome I’ve been traded with antibiotic drops antibiotic ointments a total of about 13 different brands of eye medication and been to three different eye doctors a d o AMD and a eye surgeon and no one can help me with this it is now live to double vision a sludge solidifies across my eyes and then drives to my eyes causing scabs over my eyeballs continuously this is 24/7 I cannot get any relief from this I have recently been diagnosed with pseudotumor cerebri on top of this and a preliminary diagnosis of PV in the last year what is your suggestion at this point no medication has helped I am in agony with this most of the time and head pains are so bad that I have to stay in bed about a quarter to half of the day Debbie from Georgia

        • Callie says:

          Hi Kenny,

          My stepmom has had similar symptoms for 25 years. It’s gotten progressively worse and is affecting her daily life. Did you even find out the cause of yours or a cure? Any info would be a great help. She has seen dozens of specialists and nothing has helped.

          Thank you!

        • Brandi says:

          I have the exact things you are talking about

      • Nikolai says:

        I’ve had eye discharge accompanied by blurry vision every morning upon awakening. It goes away after 10 to 25 minutes. Will it affect my vision? Is it normal? I’ve had it over 2 months Andy I’m afraid it will permanently affect my vision.

      • Diane Hane says:

        I used to get strings out of my eye but they would end. Now I can oull a clear string and it wont stop. I’ve tried to cut it. Won’t cut. I’ve taken it and pull it between both hands and it’s like a rubber band and wont break. I’m trying not to do it anymore. It’s so annoying because the strings will hand down and hit my cheek and feel like hair. They are very think strings hardly cam see them. When I first pulled it cause I thought it would end it felt like it was pulling from deep inside behind my eye. What are my strings that I cant cut, pull to break it I even tried to burn it..far away from my face and it didnt break…I’m getting concerned because it wont go away and has been causing me headaches.

    • Leanne Goreczny says:

      My eyes have been dry and producing a yellowish discharge for almost 2 months. I have tried every drop I can think of to try to treat this problem. I don’t wear contacts anymore and haven’t in 9 months. This discharge only occurs when I sleep. My eyes are not glued shut when I wake up. Just a lot of crust around my eyes and lots of discharge. I have no pain or sensitivity to light. What could be causing this?

      • Hi Leanne,

        Have you been tested for any eye allergies?

        • Cailin O'Connor says:

          Hi, I’m 12 years old and today I felt like I had something in my eye so I had my dad look at it and there was nothing there, later in the day my left eye has now swollen shut and produces white eye boogers every 2 minutes in extreme amounts. It doesn’t itch and I’m not in any pain, it’s just causing my vision to blur. Also my inner eyelid is redder than my other one

          • Hello Cailin. Sorry to hear your eye is giving you some grief. It’s hard to tell from your description, but it could be something as simple as an allergy or possibly an eye infection. It’s probably a good idea to ask you parents about seeing an eye doctor. If you’re here in Kansas City, have them call our office! We’d be happy to help you. Hope you feel better soon!

      • Amy says:

        Did you figure out what it is? This sounds exactly like what I’ve been experiencing for the last several weeks.

      • Priscilia says:

        It’s happened to me for over 2 months. Have you found out what it caused?

    • Brenda says:

      Karen I have the same issues. Have you found out what is or was causing the problem?

    • Maria says:

      I get this too Karen!
      I suffer quite badly in the summer from hayfever which naturally irritates my lenses but after giving my eyes a break with my glasses and now wearing contacts again I’m getting gunky eyes! It seems to be more my left one too. It’s making my eyelids and eye lashes sore due to the amount of sleep I get in and around my eyes first thing. I also seem to produce a wet gunk during the day too which can lay on top of my lense, not a pretty sight!
      I have contacts which I sleep in and wear all week and then change them but never had any problems with them before.
      Do I need to see a professional?

    • Jimmy says:

      I have the same problem.. The exact symptoms. It is only there for the first week of wearing fresh contact lenses . After that it reduces as the pair of lens becomes older.
      Pls help.

    • John says:

      I have had pretty bad pollen allergies my whole life, but theres always discharge/film underneath my eyelid that bothers me. Its clearly visible when I flip up my eyelid. Eyedrops help relive the pain but the discomfort is still there. Is this a sign of something worse than simply allergies? I also wake up some days with my eyes crusted shut and with discharge on the inside corners of my eyes.

      • Jusrayne says:

        Uuugh I have the same problem there’s always discharge in my eyes under my eyelid that leads all around my eyes all day long the only time I don’t rub my eye and try to fish it out is when I’m drinking because I’m to faded to notice but it’s the only time I get relief been to several eye exams over the years and the optometrist keep telling me it’s just allergies I think it’s something else I started getting these symptoms at 18 I’m 33 now and it’s just getting worst I have a permanent black eye all the time from rubbing my eye trying to get it out

    • Breein says:

      My eyes always get red and sometimes itchy, and I can’t where contacts anymore without getting my vision blurred by white eye mucus. I thought for a while maybe my eyes weren’t clean or my contacts but that doesn’t seem to be the problem. Any ideas?

    • Logan says:

      I have the same issue. I wear monthly’s and take out my contacts once a week during the weekend to give my eyes a break. Anytime I put new contacts in I get irritation and my eyes crust shut for two to three days after sleeping but by the fourth day they feel great. The longer I wear contacts the better they feel. My eye doctor doesn’t know why this happenes but it happens to my mom Too who also has issues with new contacts only. I figured at first it was the sterile solution it comes in so I always rinse it off with the eye drops that seem to work best for me. I use saline solution first and then put two drops of blink for use with contacts in the lenses before putting them in my eyes. It’s weird because I would think if it was a reaction to my contacts themselves it would get worse and not better the longer they are in my eyes.

    • Aiden says:

      Hi, I’m 14 and have been having this odd stringy clear substance in my eyes for as long as I can remember. It comes and goes but is easy to pull out. It causes some discomfort and moves around behind my eyelids, and when it goes over my eye it blurs my vision until I blink it away. Until recently it has only been like this but is now starting to stick to my bottom eye lid. When I try to remove it, it doesn’t budge. If I do manage to get a hold of it it snaps extremely quickly and easily. When this happens the inside of my eyelid feels like rubber.

      Not only this but a few weeks or so ago a black dot appeared near the top of my vision in my left eye whenever I looked up. It came around the same time every day for a few days before disappearing. Since then I’ve been worried and it seems like my vision is off.

      My mother says it’s just my allergies to both of these issues but I feel like its something more serious.

  2. Kitty H says:

    Have been traveling between climates and altidtudes/temps…two days into a dry, warm desert climate with wind my contacts had issues, giving me fluctuating blurred vision, and every couple days when taking my contacts out at night, cloudy discharge on my left eye lens. I also changed my contacts two or three days in, thinking it might have been bacteria, and my right contact looked damaged, but for a few hours in a day my vision will be fine, a few hours, it’s like there this film between my eyes and lenses, and rewetting drops only provide short periods of relief/clear vision. When I take my contacts out and put on glasses, my eyes seem fine. Am I literally just battling dry eyes and will it return to normal after a few days in a better climate?

    • Hmm … if you’re not experiencing any issues while wearing glasses, it’s probably best you stop using your contact lenses for a while. Even if you’ve cleaned them properly, there still might be some residual film or bacteria on the lens that’s causing a problem. If, when you return from your travels, you can come in for an appointment, we’ll be able to determine the exact cause. In the meantime, stick with your glasses and enjoy your trip!

  3. Sarah baldwin says:

    I have an excessive amount of itchy eye gunk in both eyes, it even makes it hard to see to the point I can’t drive. I accidently broke my glasses falling asleep in them so I have no choice but to wear my contact because I’m extremely near sighted. Originally my eye doctor said wear the contacts for a week and take them out before sleeping one night and wearing my glasses the next day, and then putting my contacts back in the morning after that, wear the contacts for one more week then throw them away. I wear acuve oasis for astigmatism and I’ve worn the same brand for at least eight years and never had this problem until I didn’t have insurance and had to stick with my glasses for the last six months, with no contacts whatsoever. Why are my eyes reacting to my contacts so bad now when they’ve never done this before?

    • Hi Sarah,

      Your contacts may not actually be the issue … you might be suffering from an eye infection, seasonal allergies, or any number of other conditions. You should definitely get your eyes checked out by a doctor as soon as possible. We’d be happy to get you in for an appointment if you’re in the Kansas City area, but if not, please contact your current eye care professional. Without an exam, we just can’t determine the exact cause of the problem. In the meantime, make sure your contacts are clean — wash your hands thoroughly before putting them in and taking them out, and make sure the case is clean too. Good luck! Hope your eyes clear up soon!

    • Kdeal says:

      I have same problem. Acuvue didn’t cause this several years ago, but now does. I think it’s the cheaper materials they use in contacts now. I’ve tried different brands and all cause mucus and itching. Everything is made cheaper. My glasses are my only alternative today. Grrr

      • Kelly Henson says:

        I also have been using acuvue oasis for most of my life. They never irritated my eyes like they do now. I went to my eye doctor because they felt so itchy and irritated all around. They told me to stop wearing my contacts for 2-4 weeks because they thought i had a cut on my eye. I did that and my contacts are still bothering me. I dont know if I should switch brands or just stick to glasses.

        • Hi Kelly,

          If the contact lenses are irritating your eyes, you should definitely switch back to wearing glasses. Did your eye doctor prescribe any sort of antibiotic drops or other medications? We’d be happy to take a look if you’d like to come in for a consultation. Just give us a call!

  4. Wendy says:

    Good Morning,
    I’ve had very mild eye pain for about a week – nothing much, just from time to time notice it when I would touch my finger to the inside corner of my eye. Yesterday, I woke up with a bit of swelling under the eye and a had a constant pain when blinking. This morning, I woke to an eye that wouldn’t open; closed together with pus. The pain is still there and the swelling has increased. We’re on vacation – would you recommend a medical clinic? We’re leaving tomorrow – I could make an appointment with my eye doctor.
    Thank you for any input.

    • Hi Wendy,

      You should definitely seek medical treatment for your eye. You mentioned being on vacation, so it’s a little difficult for us to make any recommendations about who to see while you’re away … however, if there is a medical facility in the area, we’d certainly recommend you stop in to ask them for some advice. Any medical professional should be able to help … or at least, point you in the right direction. But they will actually need to see you in order to treat your eye. Best of luck!

  5. Stef says:

    Hi! I have a question. 3 weeks ago my eyes turned extremely red and hurt really bad. The next day they were so sensitive to the light and i could barley open them that i went to urgent care. They gave me drops but it did not get better. I ended up seeing an ophthalmologist which explained that I had corneal abrasion and gave me new drops and it slowly healed. Well this past weekend I put on contacts and makeup and my eyes turned red again. I then tried just makeup and they still became red and then finally on Monday they were red and painful after wearing my contacts for 2 hours. The next morning I woke up with crust and a little gunk. I applied the drops I had and its slowly healing, but my vision is blurred in both my eyes. It was blurred in one eye 3 weeks ago and slowly fixed itself. Now its blurred in both eyes and its been like this for 2 days. Any thoughts on what this might be or the cause? Thank you so much for your help. I have an appointment with my doctor next week to get this looked at.

    • Sorry Stef – wish we knew, but we would have to see your eyes to really know what’s happening. Definitely stop wearing contact lenses until you see your doctor next week, and if you can avoid makeup, that’s probably a good idea too. Sorry you’re experiencing these issues with your eyes, but hopefully your doctor will be able to get the right medication to help you. Best of luck!

  6. Ryan Steffy says:

    Hi I experience eye build up all throughout the day but don’t have any trouble seeing or no pain. I have a habit of rubbing my eyes because I’m always checking to see if there is any buildup.. I don’t know if I have an issue with my eyes or not. My eyes are super sensitive. They are green. I can’t even go outside most tines without sunglasses. Just wondering what you think??? Thanks

    • Hi Ryan. We would definitely need to perform an eye exam to know what’s causing the build up in your eyes. It could be something simple like a seasonal allergy, or something else entirely. Sorry, but we can’t really identify the problem without taking a closer look!

  7. Dave Hernandez says:

    Is it common to have mucus in your eyes during the day and when you wake up while having the flu? It does not itch , their just red and mucus is stuck in the corners?

    • Hi Dave,

      If this problem with excessive mucus in your eyes corresponded to getting the flu, then probably yes … it’s likely a symptom. If however, you’ve been experiencing the redness and discharge for longer than that, it could be something else entirely. This time of year, many people experience redness with eye allergies, but an infection is also possible. We’d recommend you make an appointment to have your eyes checked as soon as you’re feeling better. Thanks!

  8. Brent says:

    Hello, a few years ago I got a really bad case of conjunctivitis, it lasted about a month in both eyes. Once my eyes started getting back to normal my vision was never the same and started to worsen, I had perfect vision and after this I started using glasses. I also get really bad eye discharge throughout the day constantly and I have to clean my eyes all the time because of this, it has alreafy been about 6 years since I had acute conjuctivitis. I need some input and help on this issue

    • Hi Brent,

      Has an eye doctor looked at your eyes since the infection? The discharge may or may not be related … a lot of people get discharge with eye allergies or from other conditions, so it could be unrelated. However, you need to have a thorough eye exam (sooner rather than later). If you’d like to make an appointment, we’d be happy to help – just give us a call at (816) 358-3600.

  9. Wally says:

    I wake up with a thick, gummy film over my eyes impairing my eye sight for 2 or 3 hours every day … is this something common ?
    I have mentioned it to both my family doc and optometrist but neither seemed concerned nor offered an explanation.

    • Hi Wally. Do you use eye drops for allergies or dry eye? That gummy buildup you’re experiencing in the morning is common when drops are used frequently over many days/weeks. If you don’t use drops, allergies may be to blame, or it could be something else entirely. If you have any redness or itchy eyes, or if it continues to bother you, we’d suggest you make an appointment with an ophthalmologist for a thorough exam and explanation. Hope your eyes get better soon!

  10. JoAnn Whitby says:

    I have a clear, sticky drainage from my eyes. Eyes are “bloodshot” and painful. What could that indicate?

    • Hi JoAnn,

      It could be anything from allergies to an eye infection, or something else entirely. We would need to see you to properly diagnose the problem. Can you make an appointment to come in? Just give us a call to schedule: (816) 358-3600

  11. Lauren says:

    Yesterday one of my eyes kept watering. I keep having what it looks like; eye boogers come out they look white. I woke up this morning with crust around my eyes, not a lot though. The crust looks white. When I blink it went blurry. It look like there was a eye booger. When I blinked a couple of times the blurriness went away. I don’t know why I am scared. . I can’t really see far away neither.

    • Hi Lauren,

      This time of year, eye allergies are pretty common. That could easily be the cause, but you should definitely have your eyes checked to rule out an infection or something more serious. Given that you can’t see far away, you should at least have your vision tested. Just give us a call, and we’ll be happy to get you scheduled. Thanks, and have a great day!

  12. Alex says:

    I just got my first pair of contacts yesterday. I washed my hands before putting them in and taking them out, and I also cleaned the lenses before putting them in. When I woke up this morning I had a white mucus substance in the middle of my bottom eyelids. It went from my eyelashes into the underside of my eyelid. There is no pain, but it has never happened to me before. Is this normal with first time contact use?

    • Hi Alex,

      That can happen anytime you use eye drops or contact lens solution — and given that seasonal allergies are in full force, that could be part of the problem as well. Flush out your eyes with some water. If it continues to be an issue throughout the day, just give us a call. (816) 358-3600. Thanks!

  13. Ulonda says:

    My left eye continues to have thick white mucus mainly at night but most times throughout the day. I normally can feel it before it actually surface to the eyesight. Sometimes I’m constantly trying to pick whatever out which causes irritation and soreness. It seems to start under the eyelid where it feels as if something is in it. I blink a few times and gentle massage the pupil then it gathers in the inner corner of the eye mostly towards the top or the outer part of the top area near the eyelid.

    This has been going on for more than 2 years but now it’s happening more frequently, even daily sometimes.

    • Hi Ulonda – apologies for the late reply. We missed your comment this weekend! A lot of people have been asking about this white discharge lately. Often it’s caused by seasonal allergies. If you have other allergy symptoms, it’s probably nothing to worry about. If you’re concerned about it, please call our office at (816) 358-3600 and schedule an appointment. We’d be happy to take a closer look. Have a great day!

      • GW Sedberry says:

        Eye Centers – I’m experiencing eye issues just like Ulonda and mine has been for 16 STRAIGHT MONTHS. You keep mentioning seasonal allergies but our problem isn’t SEASONAL, it’s perpetual. We all know you need to see us for a diagnosis, but we are looking for a direction to go, a list of possible reasons for this condition….. do infections last 18 months to 2yrs? Mine was ONLY in my right eye for the first 6 months then in both eyes the last 10 months. Lately I can run a tissue or my finger over the surface of my eye and pull strands of gook off of it. Otherwise it builds in the bottom or I can feel it get stringy on the eye itself. When this first started my eyes would be crusted shut, but that hasn’t happened in a year. I’ve also NEVER gone a day without a discharge since this started. I asked my new eye doctor recently and he blew me off said it might be allergies, he wasn’t sure, but I’d be fine. WTF?

        • Hi – allergies are often the cause, even when they’re not seasonal. Things like dust and pet dander, for example, can cause your eyes to create that discharge. If your eye doctor ruled out any infection, then it’s likely an environmental factor that’s causing the problem. Also, if you use any sort of daily eye drops — even just artificial tears — they can cause that stringy buildup you’re referring to. Do you wear contact lenses? Or do you experience dry eyes? That can contribute as well.

  14. ramiah says:

    Hi today when i woke up i had thick yellow or green mucus secreting from the corners of my eye and i just automatically assumed it was pink eye but it wasn’t because i was able to open my eyes and there was no pain. But i had a little sensitivity to light nothing major. But throughput the day the stuff just kept coming out and its really disgusting and i don’t know what to do. i don’t really have pain its just that mucus is pouring from my eyes, i’m probably exaggerating but i really want this to end. Any suggestions?

  15. Victoria says:

    Hi. I have just a lot of sleep not just when I wake up even during the day. It is an excessive amount of sleep.

  16. Lola sands says:

    Sometimes I wake up and I cannot even open my eye because it has been crusted over shut. Like my whole eyelid is crusted over. Why does this happen?

  17. Evony Lee says:

    Ok so i get this infection in my eyes that starts when I wake up. My eye is just red and then it starts feeling like i have something in my eye under my eyelids. I check and sure enough its some yellow looking stuff. I was my hands and try to remove it but notice its not mucus its skin under my eye that has peeled and rolled up causing the feeling of something in my eye. I go to peel away and it takes the skin under my eye off and starts to bleed a little bit. I put ice on it and some time later my whole eye is covered in greenish yellow guck. I go wash my eye out. The skin under my eyelid is coming off and rolling up. Now my eye is swollen shut and black and blue. I put an eye patch on and change it every hour and still get thick pus. What do I do?

    • Evony,

      You should make an appointment with your eye doctor as soon as possible. What you’re describing sounds like a serious infection that requires medical attention. If you’re in the Kansas City area, please call our office right away at (816) 358-3600. And if you’re in another city, please contact your ophthalmologist’s office this morning before the infection becomes any worse!

  18. Eric says:

    I have a question about how everyday since I was little I wake up and there is an abnormal amount of hard crust all around my eyes and they are always bloodshot. could you tell me why?

  19. Brittany says:

    All throughout the day my eyes produce excess amount of discharge, they’re always watery and gritty. The discharge is sometimes yellow, or white and very sticky, I have to use a qtip to get it off the inside of my eyelid at times. What is that about?

    • Brittany,

      It’s probably not a good idea to use a Q-tip in your eye. You don’t want to make the situation worse. This time of year, a lot of people suffer from eye allergies that could be causing your issue. Or, if the discharge is excessive, you could have an eye infection. It’s best to have it checked out by a professional. We’d be happy to help if you’d like to make an appointment – just give us a call to get one setup: (816) 358-3600

  20. Robin spicher says:

    My daughter is having a problem with very thick sleep in her eye. It is irritating and once she is able to get it out she has instant relief but it just builds back up. Now she says it is stuck to her eyeball and she can not get it loose she describes it like her eye is peeling. It causes her eyes to be blurry and very irritated.

    • Hi Robin,

      You should make an appointment for your daughter to see an eye care professional. It’s concerning that the discharge is “stuck” to her eye … we’re happy to help if you’d like to schedule a time to bring her in. You can call us at the number above, or use our contact form to request an appointment.

  21. Sharon Lynch says:

    For 9-12 months now my eyes constantly drain and the drainage is clear but extremely sticky also upon awakening nd throughout the day i get dried green eye boogers…i have several autoimmune conditions and my Rhuematologist is quiet sure i have Sjrogens disease, but he is trying to avoid biopsy of the inner jaw…this is not just 1 eye its both my eyes…any answers to this issue would be helpful..thank you

    • Hi Sharon,

      Given that you have additional health issues, we’d really need to do a complete exam before making any assumptions or recommendations for the drainage from your eyes. There could be any number of causes, but the fact that it’s continued for such a long period of time is concerning. If you’d like to make an appointment, we’d be happy to help you … just give us a call during regular business hours at (816) 358-3600.

  22. Rosalie Johnson says:

    I have had constant runny eyes for over a year, my eyes don’t “tear” they drain slowly and it seeps into the creases of my eyelids and makes them raw and swollen. I have been to opthalmologist 6 times and they have prescribed me steroids drops, allergy drops, antibiotic gels drops. They even suggest I take allergy medicine daily. I haven’t worn contact or make up in over a year. I have tried so many eyes products for dry eye, allergy eye, etc….. I’ve been to 3 different opthalmologist for help and nothing seems to work. Any suggestions?

    • Alan Boys says:

      Had cataract op 3months ago …sight very good looking ahead..if I blink say with a white wall to my left side ,I see Quigley gel looking stuff ,clear ,on when blinking not happens in the dark

  23. Joanna says:

    I have had dry eyes for over 6 years. I used to be a contact lens wearer for many years, but when this episode of dry eyes started, I switched to glasses. The ophthalmologist that I went to prescribed Restasis for me and I have been using it ever since then. 6 years is a long time to use this medication. From dry eye community boards, it was mentioned that it would be okay use Restasis for the morning dose as well as the eye dose (it’s so expensive and there is so much medication in the vial it seemed like a waste to discard it!) What are your thoughts on that? If I don’t touch the tip of the vial but just put the cap back on, is it safe/contaminated?

    Anyway, I went to a new optometrist and mentioned my dry eye condition (and the fact that it’s getting worse – maybe due to menopause).He suggested I try Xiidra and just in the last few days I got a supply of this medication.

    The 1st time I tried Xiidra, I felt as if the medication was burning my eyes. It was painful. After a minute, my eyes started secreting some discharge. My right eye which is my more dry had what looked like liquid Vaseline coming out and this goop clung to my eyelashes and was on the inside of my lower eyelid. I also had white strands on discharge coming out from my lower eyelid. It seems very frightening to me. I’m thinking this is a bad reaction to the medication. I should stop using the Xiidra, right?
    Just would like your advice, please!

    • Hi Joanna,

      Thank you for your note. Given the length of time that you’ve been struggling with this, and the fact that you’ve tried different medications, we would need to see you before making any recommendations regarding treatment. Have you spoken with your current ophthalmologist regarding your reaction to Xiidra? You might have a chat with them before you stop using it completely. And to answer your question about reusing the vials of Restasis, it’s never a good idea to re-use a single use medication … probably best you just open a fresh one at night time. Is we can help you with an appointment/evaluation, just give us a call at (816) 358-3600. We can certainly get you in for a consultation. Thanks again, and have a great week!

  24. Rosalie Johnson says:

    My eyes drain/water slowly, the don’t really “tear” as the drainage/watering goes up around my eyelids making them raw and by morning my eyelids are swollen. I’ve been to two different opthalmologist and been prescribed antibiotics, steroid drops, allergy drops etc….
    It’s been a year and nothing seems to help?

  25. James Smith II says:

    My girlfriend eyes has been continuously running “eye cold/ thin clear gooey stuff for over a year now.. I just noticed it a few months ago..also there’s a brown mark of debri under her bottom eyelid. Any advise guys?



  26. Kourtney says:

    PLEASE HELP! Ok so I know I am not suppose to sleep in my contacts but sometimes I do. When I wake up in the morning I have this clear discharge in the corners of my eye, and on my contacts, a lot of it! but once I clean my eyes and remove my contacts I am good. This only happens when I fall asleep with my contacts still on…what does this mean?!

  27. Erin says:

    Hi there, today I got home from work and while washing my face I noticed my left eye hurt a little when I rubbed it. I took out my contacts (which are dailies, if that matters) and it felt like something might be in my eye and when I lifted my eyelid a bit, there was yellow discharge coming from the back of my eye. I got it out but it still hurts and feels like there’s more discharge behind my eye. It’s Friday night and I’m afraid I won’t be able to see a doctor until Monday so I don’t know if I should go to the ER or anything. I would appreciate any feedback you have! Thank you!

    • Hi Erin. It sounds like maybe you have an eye infection – although we can’t know for sure without seeing you. It’s probably best you not wear your contacts this weekend, and give us a call on Monday. If the problem becomes more severe, then by all means, please seek medical attention!

  28. Madelyn says:

    Hello! Not sure if this website is still busy anymore, but just in case… Is it normal to have gelatinous eye discharge? Every site I read says you should have time for your eye discharge to dry. That is not so for me. Please help, because it’s very uncomfortable!

    • Hey Madelyn – thanks for reaching out! Eye discharge is very common, and it can be watery or gelatinous … it really just depends on the cause. Are you experiencing itchy, dry eyes? Are they red? You could have an allergy or an eye infection. We can’t know for sure without actually performing an exam. If they’re really bothering you, please give us a call next week to make an appointment. Sorry it’s so uncomfortable!

      • Madelyn says:

        Thank you for answering! you’re the best. From what I can tell, I have no problems with my eyes, no contacts or anything. My eye discharge used to be so bad every morning my eyes would be glued shut. Now I just have runny/gelatinous discharge. ( No dry/itchy eye )

  29. Rosa says:

    Came across your article trying to figure out the root of my eye problems, hope there’s someone still around to help. My problem began 5 days ago. I had taken a nap and fallen asleep with a full face of makeup and false lashes on. Hours later I woke up to my eyes crusted shut, got up washed my face and went back to sleep. The next morning the area around my eyes were sensitive, I had watery eyes, redness, and an immense amount of discharge that proceeded to last the whole day. My eye discharge was and still has been white, gooey, and opaque. I did wear makeup the next day and that made it worse. I proceeded to have watery eyes, the discharge, pain, and now light sensitivity the whole day. So since then I try to wear little to no eye makeup and on those days, I have little discharge. But the light sensitivity, redness, and the pain in and around my eye don’t let up. As soon as I feel it’s went away, I wear makeup and it’s all back on full throttle and once again I wake up to my eyes painfully crusted shut with even my eyelashes covered in my dry discharge. Now I didn’t mention this but I have been using my moms left over eye drops because she did have an eye infection not too long ago. They help with the pain for a while but I don’t know what else I can do.

    • Hi Rosa,

      What you’re describing sounds a lot like an eye infection, although without an exam, we couldn’t tell you for sure. However, you absolutely MUST stop using your mother’s prescription eye drops! The fact that you’re experiencing pain is enough of a reason to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. If you’re in the Kansas City area, please give us a call immediately. If not, please contact your local eye doctor. This is not something you should put off. And until your appointment, do not wear any eye makeup or false eyelashes. If it is in fact an infection, you will need to replace the products you’ve been using because they are likely contaminated and/or expired. We’re happy to help if you’re in the area, just give us a call and we’ll get you scheduled. Take care!

  30. Sharon Hartz says:

    I woke up this morning with my eyelid not wanting to open it had crust on the outside and my eye has been watering and red but not itchy but I some times feel like I have some thing in the corner of my eye some times?

  31. Jessica says:

    Hello,yesterday i noticed my doughter has green mucus forming in her eye and coming out,also her eye looks bloodshot.and its glued together upon her awakening,and todayi think its in both eyes.she is 2years old.

  32. Kristi says:

    Hi! So recently I’ve started wearing contacts again. And just recently I’ve been having issues with them or my eyes. Not sure which. It just started a few days ago, but after a long period of use my right eye had become blurry or foggy. I thought it was because I had just been wearing for so long and were dry. So I’d take them out and rest my eyes. Same thing next day same time. So I put in a new pair thinking maybe they were just old the new pair have done the same thing. I clean my contacts regularly and change the solution in the holder regularly. Also rewetting them doesn’t seem to help. Thought maybe it was because my eye itslef was dry and used the saline to rewet them and it just burns.


    • Hey Kristi,

      Does this only happen when you wear contacts? It could be any number of things, but you might try not wearing them (assuming you have glasses) for a couple of days to see if you still experience any blurred vision. If you don’t, then your contacts are likely the cause. And if you do, then perhaps eye strain is causing the blurriness. Either way, please schedule an appointment to have your eyes examined. We’ll definitely be able to get to the root of the problem after an eye exam. Have a great weekend!

  33. Shonna says:

    I get iratted eyes now for a good few year always picking at them I don’t know if it’s because I love the feeling u get taking the gunge out but because I do this everyday unless I wear make up they don’t irate me as much but every month at least 2,3 it goes bad like conjunctivitis can anyone tell me why I do this?

    • Hi Shonna – it’s definitely not a good idea to pick at your eyes. You can inadvertently spread bacteria which can cause irritation and even eye infections. And if/when your eyes are irritated, definitely don’t wear makeup. You should schedule an eye exam to have your eyes thoroughly examined. If necessary, an eye doctor can prescribe some drops to help soothe them, and hopefully you can stop picking at them as much. Please give us a call during regular business hours to setup an appointment. We’d love to meet you and take a look at your eyes!

      • Shonna says:

        It’s like I don’t even know am doing it my partner keeps telling me not to pick my eyes because am just putting more dirt in it. If I notice there is a big bit of gunge in my eye I won’t touch it till I go to my mirror because I love seeing it come out and the feel of it coming it is that strange or commen

        • Candice says:

          You should look up “eye fishing”. What you’re describing isn’t uncommon. I do it, too….. & it is NOT good! Eye fishing is an actual term.

  34. Karen says:

    I have been suffering with my eyes having a strange, yellow…sticky discharge in my undereye area. I will clean my eyes and it comes back…my eyes feel dry all the time and burn. I don’t know what to do. At first I thought it was because of dust but its a constant thing.

  35. Twanna says:

    Hi my name is Twanna for over 6 years I have suffered with constantly getting clear long strings of gunk out of my eyes I mean like all day this happens I have seen a eye doctor one said its allergies put me on steroids that didn’t help it just kept happening constantly all day I was still getting this gunk out my eye seen another doctor my right eye have a a lump on top of the eye in my eye lid it feels like something is in there rolling around all the doctors say its swollen hell its been swollen for 6 years what is it he said I might gave Lupus got tested not the case now my right eye is still swollen I’m still getting gunk out all day and all the doctors I have went to didn’t find the problem can you help pkease

  36. Katherine Quirke says:

    I cutlrrently have a cold and it hasn’t gotten any better in the last 6 days. but the last two night I have woken up with so much “gunk” in one eye it is hard to open. What should I do?

  37. Taij says:

    Hi.. my nose is runny, my eyes are watery when I blink yellow sticky stuff comes out from the top, I get it out and more comes. My eyes are very irritated I fell asleep and woke up and one was completely shut with stuff inside and on my eyelids… what should I do?

    • Hi Taij,

      Sounds like you have a terrible cold or maybe suffering from an allergy. If you don’t start feeling better in the next day or two, please contact your physician and schedule an appointment with your eye doctor. We’d be happy to help you if you’re in the Kansas City area – just call our office to make an appointment. Get better soon!

  38. Allison says:

    Hi. I wear night contacts and got new ones about a month ago, and I experience discharge in both eyes after putting them in every time I use them. Today, my left eye had blurry vision. It might be because I mixed the two contacts up (the right and left), but I’m not sure. If it’s dirty, how can I clean it?

    • Hi Allison. So sorry for the late reply! How severe is the discharge you get after putting in your contacts? And are you using any other eye drops or medications (for allergies, for example)? If you’re experiencing blurry vision, and it’s NOT because you accidentally mixed up your contacts, you should make an appointment to have them checked out. Also, always use your contact solution to clean your contact lenses … don’t use anything else!

  39. Matt says:

    I have always had bad dry eyes, and currently use Restasis, which has helped greatly. One issue I have noticed though is any time I sleep on my right side, with the right side of my head/face on the pillow, I always wake up with eye irritation and yellow/green gunk. It tends to stay that way most of the next day and I can not wear my contacts that next day due to the irritation and constant, thick mucous (causes blurry vision). This does not happen to my left eye ever. I’ve changed pillows, sheets frequently, etc. but nothing seems to help. It happpens even when I stay in hotels for work as well. I’ve used night time moisturizing drops, gel, etc. and nothing works. Again, this only happens if I’ve slept on my right side. Any thoughts/suggestions?

    • Hi Matt. Do you have allergies, or any other issues with your sinuses (bad cold, etc.)? And how long has this been happening? You might speak to your primary care physician about the sinus issues on your right side … it may be an infection or something else that would require a prescription to treat properly. Good luck!

  40. Sarah says:

    I have had the flu for a couple of days and have been taking prescription cough medicine and I was wondering why my eyes after 2 days of taking the medicine are now very watery and create discharge very frequently along with the facts I have eye crusties below and on my swollen eyelids and lashes.

    • Hi Sarah,

      The eye discharge you’re experiencing is probably just related to your flu, but if the problem persists through the weekend, please schedule an appointment with your eye doctor. Hope you feel better soon!

  41. Natalie says:

    I’ve had a cold for a few days now and my right eye throughout the day has been secreting yellowish whitefish liquid, is this normal with the flu or do I have an infection?

  42. Elena says:

    I’ve had a sore throat for the past week and I lost my voice. This morning I woke up and I couldn’t open my eyes from how covered in eye boogers they were. My eyes are red where the white is supposed to be. Do I have pinkeye or any other infection?

  43. Adam says:

    I have been wearing contacts for about 8 years now. I have had pink eye in both eyes as well as a corneal ulcer in my right eye. I have started wearing contacts again and sometimes I get eye discharge with no other symptoms. This lasts for a few days and just goes away. Any comments?

    • Hi Adam,

      Do you happen to have any allergies by any chance? That could be the cause of your discharge, or it may be something else entirely … it’s hard to know without completing a full exam. If it’s really bothering you, please make an appointment to come in so we can take a look. Take care!

  44. Stefanie says:

    So I was diagnosed with strep throat a day or two ago. And today I’ve noticed I have green colored “eye boggers” from the corner and water lines of both eyes. They feel dry and as if there’s something in them . It started night time where they begin to come out more or when my eyes get watery. I don’t know if I should contact my doctor or get an over the counter remedy for it?

  45. sheela says:

    i wore an expired contact lens a week before it is just about 7 to 8 hrs only after that i removed it.after 3 days in the morning after sleeping i got mucus on both eyes not very abnormal.should i consult doctor regarding this issue

    • Hi Sheela,

      If you’ve not experienced the discharge in your eyes before, it’s probably a good idea to schedule an appointment. The mucus in your eyes may or may not be related to your contact lenses. In the meantime, please don’t wear expired contacts!

  46. Bear says:

    Recently in one eye only I have had days where that eye generates sleep all day, I do wear contacts and I have went to the eye doctor twice and all I’m told is that I have seasonal allergies, but this excess sleep throughout the day is painful due to the sleep being very sharp?… any ideas would be helpful thanks.

    • Hello there. So sorry we missed your comment the other day – it was inadvertently trapped in our spam folder! The crusty eye issue is very common – particularly this time of year. You might try some allergy eye drops to keep them moist, but please check with your eye doctor first – particularly if you’re using any other eye drops or prescription medications.

  47. Yvette says:

    I have been using makeup more these last couple weeks. The other day I put my mascara brush too close to the inside lid and my eye turned really red. Now I am seeing little black dots in my vision in the same eye. What can this be?

    • Hi Yvette. The redness isn’t surprising if you accidentally brushed your eye with the mascara wand. Hopefully that cleared up quickly, but if not, definitely make an appointment to see your eye doctor. As for the black dots, could they just be remnants of your mascara wearing off? Sometimes that happens … especially if it was waterproof mascara. If you haven’t seen your eye doctor recently, it would be a good idea to schedule an exam. And please be careful with your makeup application!

  48. sheela says:

    thankyou for your kind advice

  49. Catalina says:

    Hi, for about the past 10 days my eye has been watery but the tear doesn’t fall down so it messes with my vision and I wake up with huge eye crust gluing my eye close. My eye isn’t itchy or in pain just the constant tear in there. I don’t know how to fix the problem can you help ? Thank you

  50. D. Slight says:

    I’ve had contacts for a whole year now, I’ve only fallen asleep in them twice. When I had gotten up on the mornings of these two occurrences, seeing that I had slept in them, I would take them out promptly and not wear them until the next day. Though upon first waking up I’d notice that my eyes would be all gunked up and sticky with mucus, and after taking my contacts out my eyes would be bloodshot. I’d like to know if this is a problem? Or if it’s common for this to happen if you’ve fallen asleep in your contacts? Thank you

    • Hi there – thanks so much for posting. Yes, it’s very common to wake up with gunk in your eyes after sleeping with your contacts in … however, it’s not good for your eyes. Certainly mistakes happen, and you might forget to remove your contacts from time to time, but don’t make it a habit!

  51. Tricia Patterson says:

    I feel quite silly posting this question here – since we obviously do not live in the area, and you are not looking at my child to make a diagnosis. However, I haven’t a clue where else to ask this. My son has had green “gunk” coming out of his eyes since he was a mere 3 weeks old. We brought this to the attention of his pediatrician’s staff, we were told it was blocked tear ducts, pink eye, allergies then again, blocked tear ducts, allergies and pink eye. It has been a vicious cycle. He has had his tonsils and adenoids removed, and tubes put in. Last April, just before he turned 2, he had his tear ducts dialated. Two weeks after the dialation, a PA in the doctors office said, “oh, his tear ducts are blocked.” I scoffed. The “gunk” stops every now and then, but usually just pours from his eyes a few days later. Honestly, it appears as though mucous is coming out of his eyes in addition to his nose. We have had him allergy tested and those tests were all negative. Since all of the specialist we have seen, have not a clue as to why he has gunk coming out of his eyes – I am wondering if someone outside of our “world” has insight. He’s been on antibiotics for four weeks now, and they want him on them for another two… yet, his eyes still drain. Do you by chance have an added suggestion for us to look at or into? He’ll be three soon, and has been dealing with this nearly every day of his life.

    • Wow Tricia – we’re so sorry to hear your little boy is struggling with this! Without seeing him, of course it’s difficult to offer you any suggestions. However, we will pass this along to Dr. Silverstein and see what he says. We have your email and will be in touch if he has any ideas/recommendations for you. In the meantime, you might try to find a pediatric ophthalmologist in your area – or maybe an ENT that could offer some insight. It sounds like your son might need more specialized treatment to solve the problem. Best of luck, and hope he feels better soon!

      • Tricia Patterson says:

        Thank you so much. I look forward to your response. Our son does see an ENT and pediatric ophthalmologist, they recommended an allergist and the multitude of surgeries, none of which have resolved the issues he’s faced.

  52. Cindy Ruiz says:

    I recently made a purchased with 1800 contacts for color contacts using my optometrist’s prescription, I had discomfort in my right eye after putting on my contact, I attempted three times but it continue to bothered my eye. I attempted putting my contacts for the next three days, finally on the third day I succeeded but I realized my right eye drying up excessively. I used lubricated eye drops for contacts and it would help for literally 5min and discomfort commenced. I was stubborn to keep the contacts for a few hours went shopping, until I decided to remove my contacts, again it was only my right eye that bothered me, and it’s a higher prescription on it too. After removing my contacts I started feeling a foreign object inside my eye so applied lubricant eye drops it seemed to help but I had to apply it over and over again, after a few hours I started seeing opaque eye discharge and now my eye lid is closing. Would I need to see my regular optometrist for my condition, or would it heal by itself with otc eye drops? I’m concern my eye will shut completely during my sleep.

    • Hi Cindy – apologies for the late reply. We missed your comment when you posted the other night. Excessive eye discharge after applying a larger-than-normal amount of eye drops is not uncommon. To help relieve your symptoms, run a towel under warm water, and hold it over your eyes for 5-10 minutes (make sure it’s not too hot). Repeat this a few times. You’ll draw out a lot of that discharge and your eyes will feel better. You should also probably take a break from those contacts for a day or two. If your eye doesn’t clear up, then you should call your ophthalmologist on Monday to make an appointment. Hope you start feeling better soon!

  53. Bonnie says:

    For the past week I’ve been sick and this point I’m dealing with sinus congestion. The past two days I’ve woken up with slightly red eyes & mucus . Through out the day it will eventually clear off. I’m not sure if I should be alarmed

    • Hi Bonnie,

      Red eyes and eye discharge is not uncommon when you’re sick with a cold. However, if the discharge is excessive to the point that it seals your eyes shut, or affects your vision, you should make an appointment with your primary care physician. If you have a full-blown sinus infection, you’ll likely need some prescription medication to clear it up. Feel better soon!

  54. Jimin says:

    Hello, recently my eyes have been getting watery and ive been getting alot of eye boogers. Everytime i step outside i get even more watery eyes and eyeboogers. Also the corner of my eyes get watery and it even sometimes stings my skin. When this happens ive noticed that the end of my eyes get like reddish brown like a scar. I dont really know what happening please help. What do you recommend?

    • Hello! It sounds like you might be experiencing some seasonal allergies now that the weather is finally warming up. Have you ever been tested for allergies? You should schedule an appointment with your eye doctor to confirm, and to rule out the possibility of an eye infection — or if you’re here in the Kansas City area, please give us a call and we’ll schedule an appointment for you.

  55. Aiden says:

    Greetings from Hawaii, Recently I haven’t been getting a lot of sleep and haven’t been feeling too well. Usually in the morning I have a little bit of eye discharge crusted around my tear ducts. Today was a completely different story! All day every hour or so I would have some more discharge but more goopey and liquidy around my tearducts but soon it formed on parts of my eyelids. My eyes have also steadily been getting red and my vision has been getting blurry. What is going on?!!

    • Hi Aiden,

      The symptoms you’re experiencing could be caused by a number of different things. Do you suffer from seasonal allergies, by any chance? That could be one explanation. Or you might have a eye infection. Is the problem affecting both eyes or just one? We’d love to help, but we’re a little too far away! You should probably schedule an appointment with your local eye doctor’s office if things haven’t cleared up by Monday. They’ll be able to tell you the exact cause. In the meantime, try not to touch your eyes … that only makes it worse! Take care.

  56. Lucia says:

    I’ve had eye discharge since one week, the color is a little greenish. It is usually bad in the mornings when I wake up, when my eyes are also red. During the day they get much better. Went to the pharmacy and got antihistamine eye drops and the problem improved but it’s not solved and I don’t know how much more I can use of those eye drops. It’s been 7 days already. I’m traveling and getting a doctor is difficult. What can I do ?

    • Hi Lucia,

      If you have an eye infection, those antihistamine eye drops won’t help … if you’re in Kansas City, please call our office and we may be able to get you in before you leave for your trip. Otherwise, please contact your eye doctor’s office. They will be able to prescribe the right drops for you.

  57. Tatianna says:

    When wearing my contacts my eyes become watery, itchy, and it constantly feels like something is under my eye lid. After removing my contacts my eyes hurt for an hour or so and there’s usually a nasty thick goo like substance on the contact. When placing my contacts in the case with solution a hard clear solid will form, almost like something is crystallizing in the case. I have switched cases, contacts, and solutions, nothing changes the symptoms. I have yet to see my eye doctor, considering I am a full time college student.

  58. Aamna says:


    For the past week or so, I have been experiencing a slight pain in both of my eyes. When I checked inside my eyes I noticed a white/green thing which was stuck in there. I tried getting it out but it just stayed there. I’m not sure if i should visit a doctor about this or not.

    It’s not extermely painful, however my eyes do experience a bit of pain when I touch them. I don’t have any eye allergies, but my eyes are extermely sensitive and tend to go red easily. I do wear glasses as I can’t see from a far distance. I just want to know if my problem is of concern and whether I should see a doctor or not.

    Thank you

    • Hi Aamna,

      First, please don’t ever pick at your eyes, or try to dig out any discharge. If you’re experiencing pain, you should absolutely make an appointment. You could have anything from a simple infection to a serious eye condition – we won’t know until we’ve completed a thorough exam.

  59. Kelly says:

    I’ve been getting huge “eye buggers” and they’re Big and I constantly get them which sometimes are green colored. Is that something I should be concerned with?

    • Hi Kelly,

      If you think your eye discharge is an infection, then you should definitely make an appointment. However, it is allergy season, and if you don’t have any redness, itching or swelling, you may just be experiencing seasonal eye allergies.

  60. Joe says:

    I had a LOT of pressure behind my left eye. Lasted for about 16 minutes, suddenly a large gush of clear liquid that had the consistency of baby oil came out of my eye cavity and down my cheek. No smell no color. Also felt something run down my throat at the same time. The pressure almost completely disappeared sans a little lingering pain. There was no change in vision after the liquid was wiped away. No floaters, no change in vision, no redness or swelling or eye or lid that i could see. I do suffer from hypertension. I’d almost say my eye appeared deflated slightly (thing slightly wilted grape) compared to the full roundness of the other. My wife says i’m crazy and both looked the same.

    Should i be worried, or only if it reoccurs?

    • Hi Joe — what you’re describing is hard to diagnose over the internet, but to be on the safe side, we would definitely recommend making an appointment as soon as possible. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Thankfully, you don’t seem to have experienced any immediate side effects of whatever caused that pressure, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen again. We’re closed tonight, but give us a call tomorrow morning and we’ll get you scheduled — and in the meantime, it’s probably best to avoid wearing contact lenses or using any non-prescription eye drops. Take care.

  61. Kristie says:

    Hi! I have what looks like sleep caked to my left lower eyelid. It is connected to my eye in the center lid with two free ends. Kind of like a child’s bird drawing. And I’m having a little yellow cakiness. There isn’t really any pain unless I try to pull at it. Please advise on what this could be. It’s been here a few weeks now. Thanks!

    • Hi Kristie,

      It’s tough to know what you’re experiencing without actually examining your eye. Definitely don’t pull or pick at it though – you don’t want to make it worse! If you are in the Kansas City area, please call our office to make an appointment. A few weeks is too long to ignore something like that. We can get you scheduled and figure out the best course of treatment after the doctor has done a thorough exam. Thanks!

  62. Almas Bismi says:

    I’m new to contacts and I used it for a week ,whenever I remove my lens on right eye ,there’s a mild pain for some hours particularly on that one eye whereas my left eye is normal ,I don’t know what to do ,and the pain reduces if I don’t wear lens the next day.

    • Hi Almas. It definitely sounds like you’re having a problem with your contact lens. Stop using that one, and have it replaced – and while you’re at it, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor just to be sure you don’t have an infection or other issue. Take care!

  63. Brenda toscano says:

    I need a solutions to my constant watery left eye. Sometimes after putting on makeup my eye will being to burn and just water throughout the day causing me to rub on my eye the entire day causeing reddness, sornness & it will crust on the outter corner of my eye. Sometimes even when I don’t put on makeup it will water all damn day, and it’s been watery and runny for months now and i wear glasses . It may be the weather getting warmer? But even before that my left eye has always been the one that waters days on end. Sometimes it’s my right as well but for the most part it’s my left. When it’s windy, God it’s a nightmare!!!!!! Someone please give me advice or solutions cause man this messes up my good makeup days! Haha

    • Brenda toscano says:

      May I add that it looks like there’s some sort of bump on my top lid which look’s to be inside the lid close to my outter corner if that makes sense? not super noticeable until I looked closely the other day. It gives my eye a different shape then my right, I know nobody is symmetrical but maybe it hasn’t something to do with this constant watery left eye? As compared to my right eye that appears normal

      • Brenda toscano says:

        One last thing, don’t know if this would help or not but when I was an occasional weed smoker that seemed to be th only thing that would help stop the watering temporarily while being high. Maybe because my eye got low? Maybe because your eyes get dry after smoking weed?

    • Hi Brenda,

      It sounds like you have allergy eyes … it’s annoying, we know. If it seems to get worse when you wear makeup, you might be using something that you’re allergic to (beyond just regular seasonal allergies). Try using hypoallergenic cosmetics or forego makeup for a while and see if your eyes improve – particularly that left eye. You might also try some over-the-counter allergy eye drops and see if that helps. Just be sure to read the label carefully and follow all the instructions – you don’t want to make it worse. And please schedule an eye exam. We can only speculate about what might be causing your issue. Until the doctor actually completes a thorough exam, we can’t know for sure. We have appointments available – just give us a call to schedule. Thank you!

  64. Kimberly says:

    today is the 3rd day I woke up with crusty eyes, the only time I noticed it was red is when I had put my contacts in that was 3 days ago and haven’t worn them since. I also wake up with a little sore throat but this is only in the morning. my eyes are not red unless I put the contacts in and they don’t itch nor do they get crusty when I’m awake and my throat isn’t sore throughout the day.

  65. kathryn says:

    I have a cell mediated, genetic immunodeficiency. I am on prophylactic Ab therapy of rotating augmentin for 2 weeks, then azithromycin for 2 weeks, then bactrim for 2 weeks. In mid april, my friend and I ripped out very old carpet from a very old camper. By midnight I was sick with a bad sinus infection. NONE of the antibiotics I listed have worked. I have been bed ridden since April. Yesterday I woke up with swollen lymph nodes in my neck, left side, and by afternoon a clear NON ITCHY, discharge that blurs my vision until I rinse it out. Is it just the sinus infection draining, and is it dangerous? I cant seem to get well. Im in an area where drs arent well versed in resistant infections.

    • Hi Kathryn,

      So sorry, but we can’t really diagnose you online. What you’re describing would require testing to properly diagnose and treat. Have you seen an ophthalmologist? And were the medications you’ve been prescribed specifically for your eyes, or a sinus/respiratory infection?

  66. Prakash says:

    I have eye discharge for past 3 years I went for hospital every month my doctor said their is no problem in ur eye everything is OK.but I have a discharge every day.i tried all eye drops for past two year when I stop the eye drops again it started.. please help me

  67. Lucie garcia says:

    My daughter got pink eye mothers day weekend and she was prescribed an anti biotic eye drop. It got better. However two weeks later she woke up with her eyes shut again. Her eyes are not pink and after I wash it out her eyes are fine. What could this be?

    • Hi Lucie,

      It’s hard to know without examining her eyes. It could just be an excessive amount of harmless, normal discharge. If she isn’t experiencing any other symptoms, and the discharge is only happening overnight, it’s probably nothing to worry about. However, if it gets worse, or there is redness, please schedule an appointment to have her eyes examined. It could be another eye infection, or allergy eyes, either of which will need drops to resolve. Thanks!

  68. Sarah says:

    My eyes have been hurting the day after I wear my contacts. They’re fine when I put them in and then the next day I wake up with a lot of crust on around my eyes and one of my eyes hurts so bad. My eyes alternate in pain like one day it will be the left eye that hurts the next it will be the right. Even when I don’t wear my contacts for a few days my eyes won’t hurt but there will be a lot of crust.

  69. Jake says:

    I wear contacts every day. For the past while I’ve noticed yellow/white goop when I blink and it sticks to my contact then I can stick a finger on it and pull it out and it gets long and stringy and goes up under my eyelid then I can scrape the inside of my eyelid and get a whole bunch of this goop on my thumb and then when I blink after I take my contact out it feels like sands in my eye

  70. Iveth Munoz says:


    I recently changed contact lenses and they have worked out great for the last three months. However, I recently have been noticing that my right eye gets a bit cloudy as if the contact is dirty but when I take the constant out it’s still cloudy, so I noticed there was a very thin film of a clear mocous like discharge that was stuck to my eyeball I rubbed until it came out and it’s was sticky, I stopped wearing the contacts for 1 week and my was is fine. I put the contacts back on the film come back only on my right eye. Which is odd to me because up until this those have been the best contacts I’ve had.

  71. Vanessa says:

    Hey there,
    So it’s been about at least 2 months where I’m constantly have to pick at my eyes because I have thick, white, and sticky discharge. I don’t wear contacts, however, it’s very bothersome to me because everywhere I go, I’m constantly taking out eye discharge. Please and thank you! Hope you see this soon!

    • Vanessa says:

      I forgot to mention as well that, when I take it out, it’s long and stringy, and it’s mostly in the bottom eyelid I believe.

    • Hi Vanessa – please DO NOT pick at your eyes!! That’s the single worst thing you can do, as it bacteria from your hands can cause infections, and you can damage your eye. Discharge is very normal, especially during allergy season. If you feel it’s excessive, please make an appointment and we can take a look. There might be some drops or ointments to help you, but until we identify the exact cause of your issue, we can’t really make any specific suggestions.

  72. Miel says:

    We went to a beach last June 24. My eyes were watered several times of the salty water. Now my eyes continues to produce excessive mucus. But my eyes are not itchy and I consulted a doctor, said it isn’t sore eyes. My eyes are turning red sometime of the day but won’t last long. I wonder what products I can use to clean my eyes?

  73. Jessica says:

    For the past few nights I haven’t gotten much sleep, and for me that normally means the next day when I’m tired my eyes feel dry. It is mainly my left eye, and it always happens so I thought nothing of it. However, this morning when I woke up, I had dried eye discharge and it just felt goopy (my vision was blurry for a moment when I opened my eyes because of the discharge). I rinsed my eye out with saline solution, however it still feels a little goopy. Could it just be from the dryness I’ve experienced the last few days?

  74. Bianca says:

    Lately I’ve been waking up with a lot of yellow eye discharge, so much that it’s been waking me up from my sleep. I had pink eye previously and ever since then both my eyes have been leaking while I sleep. Why do my eyes have bad discharge even though I still don’t have pink eye anymore?

  75. Tyler says:

    I just woke up with a ton of white eye discharge. It seems to still be producing very small amounts. I just went in the ocean yesterday. Could that have something to do with it? We have friends visiting and I don’t want to give them it. Could this be contagious?

  76. Penny says:

    Whenever I wear my contacts I get a gunk feeling throughout the day. I can’t wear my contacts all day long. Usually 8-10 hours. I wash my hands and clean them properly. I’ve tried different solutions. I can’t wear the Acuve Oasis because they stayed dry all the time. I wear acuve 2. I do have seasonal allergies. Is the gunk feeling due to my allergies or my contacts? I don’t get the gunk feeling when I take my contacts out.

  77. Matt rose says:

    Hey one morning I woke up and I couldn’t open my eyes so I saw yelling and my mum put a hot towel on my eyes why couldn’t I opwn them?

    • Hi Matt. That’s a very common problem, and there’s no need for concern. Sometimes the discharge from your eyes is just significant enough to crust them shut, that’s all. As long as you’re not experiencing excessive redness, dryness or other irritation, your eyes are probably fine. Thanks for reaching out though – hope you’re enjoying your summer!

  78. Lily says:

    A year or two ago I’ve been getting really bad eye boogers. It feels like an eyelash but I look in my eye and find about a two inch eye booger. Sometimes they are hard and make my eye very red. I’ve always wanted to know what it is.

  79. Hannah says:

    I’m sick with a cold at the moment but I woke up in the middle of the night and both eye where cover in sleep I don’t think anything of it I whipped it away and went back to sleep as thing happened this morning when I woke up whipped it away but my eyes are really red and it still feels like I have sleep in my eyes and they are really watery

  80. Sam says:

    For a week, whoever I wake up I can’t open my eyes due to all the dry eye dust that sticks together in the morning. I have to wet my eyes t open them. Also sometimes I have those ‘fishes’ in my eye and whenever I rub my eye it get swollen or really red. I think it is allergies because I also have a congested nose for weeks but I’m not sure.

  81. Amanda Fordyce says:

    I have been waking up with red eyes full of sleep. I wear glasses and am 34 years old and have never had allergies. They are only red on the parts that are open. If I open them wide I can see that it is not my whole eyeballs. We recently got a new guinea pig and it started when we first got her. Please let me know what you think. Thank you so much!!! Worry wart!!!

    • Hi Amanda. It sure sounds like an allergy … especially if it started right around the same time you got a new pet! If you’re in the Kansas City area, we’d love to meet you and take a look at your eyes. Just give us a call at (816) 358-3600 to schedule an appointment, and we’ll get you right in!

  82. Brandy says:

    Hello, my question is that I had dual surgery for cataract and glaucoma in March 2017, I have a consistent build up of mucus in my eye that continuously blurs my vision and is uncomfortable feeling like there is an object in my eye which results in me having to clean out, my doctor says this is no concern that it may take up to a year for healing process to be complete due to my age as a Sir citizen , my eye is still slightly red. Should I get a 2nd opinion? Not sure if having to constantly keep my fingers in my eye cleaning it is causing the eye to stay irritated and red, I have become so uncomfortable with my eye since having this surgery procedure

    • Hi Brandy,

      It’s probably best you make an appointment with your eye doctor for a thorough exam. The discharge could be caused by any number of things, and it’s best to rule out an infection. If you’re in the Kansas City area, please give our office a call to schedule an appointment. We’d be happy to help you.

  83. Bianca says:

    This isn’t related to eye discharge… but in the mornings I wake up with my eyes feeling like they’re puffy and swollen and they hurt to blink for a little bit, then in goes away very quickly. What might be the cause? My eyes have been acting very weird since I got pink eye a few months ago.

    • Hi Bianca,

      It could be dryness or allergies – or really, any number of things. If it clears up quickly in the morning, you probably don’t have to worry too much. However, if it continues to bother you, it might be a good idea to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor just to be sure there’s nothing wrong.

  84. JOAN says:

    my friend has very teary eyes almost all the time, they have a discharge day and night, quite thick, his eyes are stuck together in the mornings and during the day he removes thick discharge from his eyes, is this something to be concerned about?,

    • Hi Joan,

      The discharge could be caused by any number of things, but given that we’re heading into the Fall allergy season, pollen and other allergens could likely be to blame. If your friend is having any difficulty with his vision, he should schedule an appointment for an eye exam to rule out any infection or other eye conditions.

  85. Danielle says:

    I wake up EVERYDAY with sleep in my eye. Sometimes when removing the sleep, my eyelash comes with it. Most of the time it’s liquid-y but sometimes when I wake up or even sometimes mid day it’s crusty on the outer portion of my eye. Why do I get this everyday? Its annoying and my eyelashes would appreciate a break. Debating on going to see an eye doctor but I know I need glasses which cost money that I don’t have (yet!)

    • Hi Danielle,

      The discharge is completely normal, but to save your eyelashes, just use a damp washcloth to dissolve them a bit before wiping them away … it’s much easier, and you won’t pull out any more lashes! This time of year, eye allergies are really common, and that’s usually the cause of extra “sleep” in your eyes. If the problem persists or
      get worse, don’t hesitate to make an appointment. If there is an infection, you definitely want to see a doctor before things get worse. Take care!

  86. Jean Li says:

    Hi, I’m wondering if you can help me with a problem my eyes have been having for over a week now. After a long day of school, some days my eyes become unbearably itchy to the point where I rub them to get rid of the itch. However, after doing so they are so red and painful it’s almost impossible to keep my eyes open for long to do other work. Furthermore, they also gather a lot of discharge, but it comes from under my top eyelid and can stretch across the surface of my eye to the point where it blocks my vision. Removing the discharge is not only uncomfortable but also difficult.
    Before, I was sure it was due to tired, overworked eyes, but in the past I’ve had similar long days without such unbearable consequences. The only remedy I’ve found it to sleep it off and use allergy eyedrops everyday (which I’ve been doing for a while now). However, this isn’t the best solution to a problem that prevents me from doing more work when I need to. I’ve also resorted to taking hour long afternoon naps to let my eyes rest, but they don’t seem to have much impact on my problem. Please let me know what I should do! I’d really appreciate it. Thanks!

    • Hi Jean,

      Given the time of year, and the fact that you mentioned your eyes are itchy, it really sounds like you are suffering from seasonal allergies. You might try an over the counter allergy eye drop to see if that helps — just ask the pharmacist which they’d recommend. If the problem persists, however, you should definitely schedule an appointment to have your eyes checked. We would want to rule out any infection or other issue. Thanks, and hope your eyes get better soon!

    • Steven Jason says:

      Same Issue

  87. Efosa says:

    Hi, please help, I had an accident, ever since six months now my right eyes is always bringing out watery and yellowish substance, it is much when I press the fluid out,.when I wake up from sleep my eye is always glue together .thanks

  88. JF Imbery says:

    Hi, thanks for the useful article. I’ve been struggling for the past 10 months with severe discharge from both eyes in the evening. I wake up and go about the day without really any major struggle. Then about 4/5 PM my eyes feel like they have something in them and become itchy. A few hours later they get quite gunky, with the discharge being quite excessive. I’ve been to the doctor 3 times. Twice I was prescribed antibiotics and the third time the ophthalmologist suggested allergy eye drops. Nothing really seems to work. Does anyone else have similar problems or know what can be fixed? The only thing that has helped was anti-inflammatory eye drops but once emptied, the problem came back. Prolonged treatment with these drops apparently can lead to worse problems than gunky eyes so I discontinued use. Any help would be great! Thank you!

    • Hello! Allergy eyes is certainly possible — especially if antibiotics weren’t effective. It’s interesting that anti-imflammatory drops seemed to help, and makes us wonder if you might be suffering from a dry eye-related problem. Have you tried putting a hot compress over your eyes for 10-15 minutes? Try it when your eyes get “gunky” — it may really help. Best of luck to you!

  89. Fayellen says:

    Why do blue eyes create more eye boogies than any other colored eye

  90. Sarah says:

    Over a month,my eyes have been watering literally non stop. It started with one eye for a week, then the other eyes began having symptoms also. My eyelids are very puffy and irritated. They have white discharge in the inner corners and itch. My lids and area around my eyes are chapped because of the non stop tearing. I wakeup every morning with my eyes stuck shut. I was recommended to try allergy drop and meds but it didn’t do anything. Then I was recommended to try dry eyes drops which I feel is making them worse. I Dont know what to do from here. Have another appt coming up but I feel like they are just assuming allergies. ( I’m seeing my primary care, not a eye specialist.

    • Hi Sarah – it does really sound like an allergy. It’s probably best to see an eye doctor. We’re happy to get you scheduled if you’re in the Kansas City area – just give our office a call to setup the appointment. And feel better!

  91. Codi says:

    I have multiple instances where I am going through my day, I’ve just worked for many hours, or just woke up and I’ve closed my eyes for a second and opened them and now have something obscuring my vision. If I close my eyes again and open them it’s still there, I usually blink multiple times and look around just trying to see if it will move or do anything, some times it moves a little bit left, right, up, or down. At this point I usually find a mirror to use to look at it, It’s a cloudy clear color stringy usually and is in fact covering parts of my cornea and iris. I tend to pull it off my eye so I can see again. Sometimes while I’m trying get it out of my eye it moves under my eyelid and it stays there. I feel like I’m going insane because when I talk to colleges and friends they have never have this happen before, and often tell me to go to an eye doctor or my regular doctor. To add some additional information, I do wear glasses and contacts, But one, I have had this problem since before my glasses and contacts, and second, I have never had this problem occur while wearing my contacts. I do believe I have covered everything, if you additional information I’ll to answer. I would just like an option before I go to my doctor. Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions and giving you medical options.

    • Hi Codi – what you’re describing sounds a lot like the buildup that frequently occurs with eye allergies. They’re especially common with eye drop use – particularly if you use gel drops or other over-the-counter drops for dry eyes. That stringy discharge is likely nothing to worry about. If it really bothers you, put a warm/hot towel over your eyes for a few minutes every morning and at night before you go to bed. That should help alleviate some of that buildup. Take care!

  92. Zoe Karen says:

    My eyes used to produce eye boogers earlier but suddenly it stopped, now, I’m seeing black patches around my eyes and temples. What’s wrong with my eyes?

  93. Barbara says:

    Whenever I’m not feeling well and especially when my back hurts really bad I wake up with excessive crust on both sides of my eyes. This has been happening for several years. Why does this happen?

    • Hi Barbara,

      Your eyes naturally produce a discharge when you sleep. If you don’t have any redness, itching or other symptoms, it’s nothing to worry about … just a little annoying. Does it just happen overnight, or do you experience day time discharge as well? If so, it could be an eye allergy.

  94. Hector says:

    Good morning. 2 days ago i woke up im the morning and my right eye started to get red and my upper eye lid started to get swollen. At first i though it was conjuntivitis but it did not itch and the discharge was not crusty rather sticky and gooey and every time i took a nap my eye lashes got stuck and got excessive sticky discharge through the day. I started using prednisolone acetate drops and my swollen eyelid got better. Then my left eye got red too and started to discharge to exccept it hasnt got swollen as my left eye. Could this be a viral, bacterial or fungal infecction? i have never got this before

    thank you so much for any information you can provide

    • Hi Hector – we wouldn’t be able to diagnose the problem properly without performing an exam. Apologies. If you’d like to come in for an appointment, please contact our office directly and we’ll get you on the schedule. Feel better soon!

    • Sonali Patil says:


      Just read your comment. I am facing the same issue as you. It’s just that my eye isn’t red or irritated.
      My right upper eye lid is swollen and it only hurts a little when I touch it. But I can feel where exactly my eyelid is bulged
      I just wanted to know that Prednisolone acetate drops needs to be taken on doctors prescription only or can we just buy it from a pharmacy..??


  95. Leah says:

    I was at work last night and felt something in my eye. When I finally got it out it was green and rather tough. Now my eye is swollen and I have a creamy discharge. I also have a stuffed up nose. I am breathing out of my nose. What would this be and do I need a doctor or let it run it’s course?

  96. Krystle says:

    Hi, I’ve been a contact lenses wearer for approx. 20 years, am in my 30s and take fairly good care of myself and eyes. I’ve experienced eye infections over the years but the discharge now isn’t like anything before. A few minutes to several hours after putting my contacts in, I am experiencing a bit of blurry vision. It’s similar to when there is a discharge on the lenses or a heavy smudge and you clean it and it clears up, however, I’ve tried everything and one contact still seems to have something on it. My eyes have a small bit of colorless discharge through the day and I have sinus headaches so I can’t tell if my headaches are eye related or all sinus/allergy related. It’s just like there is something on my lenses like a fingerprint on glasses and it blurs my vision a little. Any ideas?

  97. Demet says:

    Hi there, I have a bad sinus infection, and I am on antibiotics ( Augmentine) since Monday, October 30th. I noticed discharge on my eyes , white ball kind of discharge inner side of my eyes and crusty on the outside of my eyes, along with redness in my eyes , sensitivity to light and blurry vision. Will antibiotics I am taking take care of this, or Do I need to come in to office to make sure there is nothing more serious going on? Thank you!

    • Hi Demet – give the antibiotics a chance to work. Hopefully the issues you’re experiencing will start to clear up in the next couple of days. If not, or if you have any other vision concerns, then yes, please do make an appointment. Thanks!

  98. Steven Jason says:

    Hi,I’m from India.Im 20 years Old.I have near-sightedness from 5-6 Years..but from the past 4 Years I didn’t wear a specs due to various issues mainly due to teasing, Others peer pressure etc.I also had light sensitivity especially in the Mornings now it’s decreased.Now Crustiness around Eyes in Mornings.Seeing from Far my eyes seem Yellow in colour.Icthiness is also there but decreased in intensity once or twice in a day.Due to rubbing, Everyone says you’re eyes have sinked I also feel as if my Vision is blurring.I also have abnormal discharge from Eyes.

    • Hi Steven. You should make an appointment with your local ophthalmologist for a comprehensive exam. It sounds like you have a few different issues with your eyes that should be evaluated by a trained professional. The itchiness could be an allergy, but if you’re experiencing blurred vision, that’s a bit more serious and could be caused by any number of things. Please see your doctor.

  99. Laken says:

    Hello I had red eyes that had crusty disharge, saw a dr prescribed ointment & drops. I did the drops but it didn’t work then the ointment didnt work either. They sent me to an eye dr who gave steriods said I had pink eye and bleferitis. It cleared up mostly but now I’ve been waking up to thick mucous like discharge above my bottom lid. My eyes are red and sting, light bothers me, vision problems seeing black spots. I’m worried about going back to that eye dr. They didn’t seem to really be sure that’s whats wrong.

    • Hi Laken,

      Are you in the Kansas City area by any chance? We’d like to see you if you’re available for an appointment — the vision issues you’re describing with black spots need to be addressed. And if you’re not local, please make an appointment with an ophthalmologist you trust.

  100. Taylor Baker says:

    I have pretty dry eyes, they constantly sting and are really sensitive to any kind of light. For the past few months, I’ve noticed that I get this whiteish clear and sticky eye booger in my eyes and it does not move towards my tear ducts at all. It’ll sit in my eye and when I blink it’ll cover my pupil and I see really blurry. It constantly moves around and I can never get it out without sticking my finger or a q-tip in my eye for it to stick to and come out. What could this be?

    Also, I have lupus and dry eyes is a common symptom. Could it be related to that?

    • Hi Taylor – do you have eye allergies or use any sort of drops during the day (like the kind for dry eyes)? Either one can cause that gunky buildup you’re referring to. It’s harmless, but please don’t stick your fingers or a q-tip in your eye! Flush your eyes with water to remove the buildup – we don’t want you to injure yourself!

      • Taylor says:

        Sometimes I use eye drops for dry eyes, but I don’t seem to noticed much of a difference. Throughout the day I’ll just start seeing blurry and realize it’s the buildup on my eye moving around as I blink. I don’t really have a choice to flush it out at work, I just have to stick my finger in there and pull it out. This causes my eyes to get really red, irritated and sore a lot of the times but nothing seems to help.

  101. Jennifer says:

    Hello… i am 35 and i am having major eye problems.first let me say this.. i understand that most everyone has “boogers” in the eyes upon waking up and that its normal. For the past , oh i dont know, 10-15 years now i have been picking and pulling long strands of sticky goo out of my eyes all day every day, sometimes it goes around my whole eye its so long. I can feel it building up and it will sometimes move around when i close my eyes or just blink. My eyes are not red or puffy and the goo isnt a yellow or green color either, just either clear or cloudy white. I have never had pink eye but i really dont think this is that.

    • Hi Jennifer – it sounds like normal buildup that accumulates in your eyes. It could be from any number of things — allergies, OTC eye drops, dry eyes, etc. It’s probably nothing to worry about, but if you’re concerned, please give us a call during regular business hours and make an appointment for an eye exam. We’d be happy to take a look!

  102. Sara Carman says:

    I have allergies and have developed an allergy to dust since I work in a warehouse. Only for the past couple of years my eyes have over accumulated wet and sticky boogers and they normally collect along the bottom of my eye. Every half an hour, sometimes more frequently I have to wipe my eyes out but it’s difficult for me to do that while I’m at work since my hands are dirty, which I know could cause an infection and is not sanitary. I know the best way to clean my eyes is with a warm wet cloth, but that’s not always an option for me and it doesn’t clear up the fact that I’m constantly accumulating eye boogers throughout the day and is more than what I would consider normal. I take Claritin daily and use eye drops but nothing seems to have any positive effect for my eyes. I guess I should just schedule an eye exam, right?


    • Hi Sara – this may be an odd question, but do you wear googles or safety glasses when you’re at work? You might try something like that to keep the dust out and see if it helps. And of course, you’re always welcome to come in for an appointment. The doctor may be able to provide you with more effective drops for your eye allergies.

  103. Nandini says:

    Hiii…i always have the itchy and irritation in my eyes that forces me to rub and remove the sticky discharges that is produced very very often throughout the day…am facing this for nearly 7years still no Dr. gave me the right explanation…the discharge is white in colour…what could be the reason for continuous cause of discharges?

  104. Saarah says:

    Hi, yesterday and today when I woke up my eyes were glued shut by eye crust. When I washed it out my eyes are red, my right more than my left eye, Do you have any idea on why this is happening?

    • Hi Sarah, it could be any number of things. With the winter weather, you might be experiencing some dry eye issues … and even though it sounds odd to have more/new discharge from your eyes if/when they’re dry, it’s very common to have that happen. You might also have an eye allergy. The fact that one eye is more red than the other isn’t likely anything to worry about, but if they get worse, or if you have any other symptoms, please make an appointment to come in and see us. Happy Holidays!

  105. Mara Isabel says:

    I’m having a problem with my right eye, It was Sunday, it started when something went to my eyes, I think I got it from the facial scrub I believed, I removed it by blinking, and tears fell and also washing my face. It’s still itchy and and felt still something in my eyes so I repeat what I did and then also try to put eyedrop, the name of the drop is Ofloxacin, it was prescribed by my doctor since I got the same situation before. right now, my gets blurry, I think because my gets so watery and there’s a building up of morning glory, the color is light green/lime. Thank you in advance.

    • Hi Mara. If you believe that a facial scrub caused the irritation, you may have scratched the surface of your eye. You should definitely have an exam to rule that out. Please give us a call to schedule an appointment as soon as possible: (816) 358-3600

  106. Cori Large says:

    Hi! I’ve been on prescription drops for bacterial conjunctivitis since Friday, Feb 2nd. Today is Tuesday, Feb 6th. The drops have been working, because my eyes aren’t res any more and the mucus is gone. However, this morning, when I woke up, I had yellow crusty discharge but my eyes weren’t red. Is this normal when recovering when conjunctivitis? There’s no information on the internet about what to expect while healing from this infection.

    • Hi Cori,

      It’s probably nothing to worry about. This time of year with the dry, winter weather, eye discharge is very common and completely normal. If you feel it’s an excessive amount, or it lasts for an extended period of time, you may want to make an appointment to have it checked out, but your eyes are probably just fine.

  107. Ramesh says:

    Only My left eye is producing a yellowish discharge for almost 2 months. I met the doctor 3 time he given Moxifloxacin 5mg ointment and ciprafloxacin 0.5% eye drops and i am using from 2 months but eye discharge not stopped. I have a cold proble from 2 from 3 three months. cold is coming and going weak by weak. I don’t wear contacts lens, i do not have site also. What could be causing this?

  108. Monique Javier says:

    Hi, my eyes were not itchy and irritated, but it continuously produces long slimy white and sometimes foamy substance, and i can literally pull them out from my eyes every time it produces that substance. i noticed this since i was a kid. what could be the reason for case?

  109. Nakeem Harden says:

    My kid has been waking up with crust in his to where he can’t open them took him to the doctor they said maybe it’s from germs rubbing them alot I may need a second opinion what’s your take on this

    • Hi Nakeem. Any number of things can cause excessive eye discharge — it could be a cold, allergies, or even dry eyes. Did you take him to an ophthalmologist for an eye exam, or his pediatrician? And were any eye drops prescribed for treatment?

  110. Irin says:

    All my eye problems started because I over used my contact lenses from a young age. Two years ago, May, I started having a lot of yellow eye discharge and was prescribed Lotemax for a week and it went away. Last year around the same time, it came back so I went to the eye doctor again, stopped using my lenses and was prescribed the same medication. It didn’t work this time so I was prescribed TobraDex and it didn’t work either. So after that I’ve been putting on a combination of Restasis, Lastacraft and Cationorm. I also used Pazeo for a month and also got eye plugs but until now I still have eye goop and sometimes it even blocks my vision. Could you give me some advice if there’s anything else I can do??

    • Hi Irin – it sounds like you’re using a lot of different eye drops. If they’re not necessary, or you’ve reached the end of the prescribed usage period, maybe give your eyes a rest for a few days and see if the discharge clears up. We’d also like to see you for an exam if you’re in the Kansas City area. It’s hard to know what’s going on with your eyes without actually seeing them.

  111. michael says:

    My outer left eyelid is barely swollen and it fills like a bruise but I never hit my eye or damaged it in any way, so im concerned. Also my right eye is now drying up and then getting watery and dry again and again.

    • Michael – this sounds a lot like an eye allergy, but you should have an eye exam to rule out other causes. If it is the result of seasonal allergies, you might talk to your doctor about an allergy eye drop to help alleviate symptoms.

  112. Jamine says:

    I use clear eyes everyday because my eyes are always red in the morning could these drops be causing me to be over producing mucus because I’ve never had this issue before and it’s excessive

    • Hi Jamine,

      The drops could definitely be contributing to increased mucus. However, dry eyes can also cause a build up. You might try placing a warm/hot towel over your eyes for 10 or 15 minutes to help alleviate the issue.

  113. Braylon says:

    I have this problem where I will be reading and I feel like I have an eye booger but when I go to get it out of my eye nothing happens then I’ll just keep trying but eventually it will cut open the cree’s of my eye why is that

  114. Mansi says:

    PLEASE HELP! Hi, my original contact prescription is (Right eye) PWR -3.00 and CYL -0.75 and AXIS 010
    (Left eye)- PWR -3.00 and CYL -0.75 and AXIS 170.
    We go to a new doctor after our old one retired and he changed my left AXIS To 180, and kept my right eye exactly the same .Since the day I wore the new contacts, my left eye started moving around a lot and developed discharge. It later spread a little to my right eye.
    I went on antibiotics for a whole week twice a day, and then another week only once a day (where I could wear contacts during the day and put in drops at night) .
    The doctor also said I developed an allergy to the lens solution, I was using Opti Free Replenish which I love!! But I had to use clear care plus.
    It’s been 2 week no since that last appointment and it’s my left eye that’s still bothering me. I see I still have some stringy discharge even after using this new solution.
    Could it be the contact prescription?
    Please help. Everytime i take my contacts out it feels like I’m damaging my cornea or something.

    • Hi Mansi – it’s probably not a change in your prescription, but be sure to thoroughly clean your contacts between each use. And perhaps you should buy new contact solution and lens case. We’d also recommend not wearing your contacts for a few days while your eyes clear up. If the problem gets worse, please contact your eye doctor and make an appointment for an exam.

  115. Delaney says:

    OK so I cut my cornea witha mascara brush a week back I thought it healed up but it’s still giving me a feeling that somethings In my eye once in a while now this morning I woke up to yellow discharge along my bottom lashes should I worry?

    • Hi Delaney – if you haven’t seen an eye doctor yet, you should. You may need some antibiotic drops or other treatment to prevent infection, and to ensure it heals correctly. Please call our office to schedule an appointment, or visit with your local eye doctor if you’re not in the Kansas City area.

  116. danny says:

    hello team,
    my concern is one that i have been dealing with since i was a kid. im a healthy 27 year old male. for as long as i can remember i have always eye discharges (boogers) regularly appear throughout the day. im not allergic to anything, im in perfect health, but regardless every 2-3 hours i will without fail have an eye booger in both eyes that i have to clean up. little self conscious about it as i talk with people regularly and i cant help but feel like im not looking my best at times with discharges in both eyes. i gotten into a routine of heading to the men’s room basically at every available opportunity throughout my day to day activities in order to check my eyes and clean them up. any thoughts? i feel no pain from my eyes or the discharges. they are healthy colored (white or little yellow). i wonder if oily skin may be a factor. i am a black male with a considerably oily face that i also have to manage. and interesting enough i mange my skin similar to how i manage my eyes and for the same reasons. i.e my skin would accumulate an uncomfortable amount of oils at approximately the same rate as my eyes accumulate an uncomfortable amount of discharge. in such situation i head to a bathroom, wash my hands, dry them, blot/press my face repeatedly with a moist towel/napkin to absorb excess oil and also wipe away the boogers from the corner of my eyes. and repeat every 2-3hrs everyday through my day. so….. at this point i’m more than prepared to be dealing with this for the rest of my life but i tell you it’s been inconvenient, to put it lightly. any and all thoughts/feedback, will be greatly appreciated.


  117. Naomi says:

    So I wear makeup pretty often and most times when I take make up off at night I get stuff in my eye which I locate and get it out, but some times it feels like everything is not always out. Usually I am persistent and try to find it. I sometimes do and if not I wait till morning to see if it will come out naturally. Occasionally the next morning I will wake up to having a weird stringy white goo like substance in my eye and I get that out as much as possible, but reappears throughout that one day or sometimes two days. It goes away, but I’ve never figured out what caused it. My eye doesn’t look red or pink so I don’t believe it is pink eye.

  118. casey says:

    whenever i wake up my eyes seen to me almost glued shut with a guey substance but also it’s crusty and is hard to open what advise do you have ?

    • Hi Casey,

      This is very common and can be caused by any number of issues — this time of year, allergies are usually to blame, but if you’re concerned you may have an eye infection, it’s best to schedule an appointment to have your eyes examined. We’d be happy to help if you’re in the Kansas City area. Thanks!

  119. Serena Ahmed says:

    So, I have had eye discharge for over a month now (in just one eye pretty much). I will wipe it every morning, and at least once during the day. It is typically a light yellow, white, and sometimes more of a light green.

    I went to an urgent care on March 5th, and they prescribed me an antibiotic eye ointment that I applied every four hours, and the doctor told me to stop using it on March 9th. Before taking the ointment, my eye was more red, and the ointment at first increased the redness and pain (and felt as if I had something poking my eye). However, after two days or so, my eye was less red than before I started the ointment and there was no more poking feeling. The discharge also decreased: Before and during the beginning of the ointment, there would be white specks of discharge coming out of my eye, and then this stopped.

    However, I still experience discharge (as described in the first sentence). I will sometimes (maybe once a week) experience blurred vision as a result of discharge clouding the eye, but this seems to have stopped I think.

    I unfortunately no longer have health insurance (recent development). Is this something I can perhaps wait out another few weeks before needing to visit an ophthalmologist if continuing symptoms occur? Do you have any other advice in the meantime?

    I sincerely appreciate your advice and feedback!!

    • Serena Ahmed says:

      Sorry. I forgot to mention that the discharge ranges from wet to dry. If I do experience any clouding from the discharge, I will blink a few times, and this cloudiness completely dissipates.

    • Hi Serena – it’s hard to make a recommendation without having all the details. Did the urgent care doctor specifically identify the cause of the problem, or was the ointment just a precautionary measure? And what medication was prescribed? We’d suggest you see an ophthalmologist sooner rather than later (despite the insurance situation). It’s important to get to the bottom of the problem before it gets worse or your eyes/vision sustain any long-term damage.

  120. Lakinda Lynch says:

    I am experiencing my left eye itching. I have been sleeping in my contacts instead of taking them out at night but have never had a problem with it to now. I took my contacts out for 5 days because my eye was itchy and mucus. I put a fresh pair in. They felt normal til I rubbed my eye that day. I didn’t take them out. My eye ran all night while I slept. I woke up to crust almost shutting my left eye up. I left them in and went to work. My eye ran most of today at work along with yellow green goo or eye boogers. I took them out when I got home. And by the way I just started this new job working with insecticide and pesticides about a month ago but I always wear my safety glasses and gloves at work. What should I do?

    • Hi Lakinda,

      If the problems you’re having coincided with the new job, you might be allergic to something in your office … or, you may have an infection. It’s best to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam to identify the cause. We’d be happy to help you if you’re in the Kansas City area. Just give us a call to make an appointment. Take care!

  121. Chan says:

    Hey well my eyes usually have a greenish yellowish discharge from the inner corners of the them. I can pull it from the corners and it strings all the way to the other side of the eye. It happens everyday all day. This has been going on the 5+ yrs now. The doctors give me eye drops but it doesn’t work. I wear glasses. There is no redness or puffiness. Trying to find out what i can do or what it is.

  122. Nitin says:

    I am having almost continuous secretion of sleep in my eyes since Feb 23 and just two days after having it I started seeing double images in the affected eye(one above or below other,small objects appear completely double and large objects have another outline on top of its boundary).I consulted my doctor the next day of seeing double images and he said that there was nothing wrong with the eye and that it was just an infection and gave moxifloxacin drops to apply on the eyes 4times a day.After using it for 1month there was still no improvement and it’s almost 2months now and the condition is same,excessive sleep and double vision.The lower part of my eyes is completely red.I am just worried about the double vision could it be because of the sleep?or there could be some other reason?another note if I open my affected eye very little I see everything clearly with it,but if I open it completely the double vision comes again..Please help

    • Hi Nitin – if you’re in the Kansas City area, we’d like you to schedule an appointment. It does sound like an infection, but we’d like to perform a thorough examination to rule out any other conditions.

  123. Tonya Terry says:

    Two months ago I was diagnose bacterial pink eye and giving oral and eye drop antibiotics they did not work so I went back to the doctor again it was diagnosed with allergic pink eye my eyes were swollen bloodshot eye discharge matted close in the mornings the whole 9 well for the past 2 weeks the bloodshot eyes are gone but now I’m left with extreme photophobia blurry vision and constantly watering a thick clear discharge

  124. emi says:

    hi, I’m a young teen. I always get spring eye allergies. Last year, once or twice I woke up with crust around my eye causing it to not open. I, of course, managed to open it. Recently, I have been having allergies for a week, I’ve been taking eye drops. ( I don’t wear glasses or contacts, and I’ve always had good vision) Now, for a couple of days now, I wake up with a yellow greenish crust under my lashes, and I have blurry vision in my left eye. What should I do, and why is this happening?

    – Best Emi

    • Hi Emi,

      It’s likely just more severe allergies than you’re used to, but if you have any other symptoms like redness, or itchiness, it’s probably a good idea to schedule an eye exam just to rule out anything else (like an infection). Take care!

  125. Andrea says:

    Hello, my eyes doesn’t hurt, and the color is light, its not heavy and its not hitchy. But i get rehum every single hour , and is getting very very annoying.. This goes on from years, and it was never really a big deal, but lately its getting more frequent.
    I dont feel any pain , its just very very annoying because i have to clean my eyes 40 times a day.

  126. Carolina says:

    I have never been one to get eye discharge all that much until I became a contact user. Throughout the day, my eyes produce ridiculous amonts of eye discharge and sometimes get so dry my vision is blurry. I have noticed that all these symptoms are worse with a 2-week brand I have tried out. I tried hydrating tried eye drops from walgreens but it doesn’t have any effect and I also make sure to thoroughly clean my contacts with solution. In addition to this, whenever I wake up in the morning my eyes have produced so much eye crust that sometimes I can’t even open my eye. Some days my eyes appear red, swollen, and itchy so I’m not sure if it’s more than just dry eyes and/or an infection. This has been going on for months. Please help.

  127. Alex Gonzales says:

    Hi for the past 6 months or so my right eye constantly feels like there’s something in it, vision changes blurr or foggy I spend more time rubbing my eye then anything else. My eye doctor said there’s nothing wrong but clearly there is and it’s driving me and the people around me crazy, I know the more obvious thing to do is see another eye doctor but I’ve seen 3 different ones and it’s always the same nothing is wrong buy some eye drops by the way I’ve tried every darn eye drops known to man please help ….

  128. Lily fialkocdnsk says:

    Ever since I had pink eye 6 MONTHS ago I have been getting white and yellow discharge from my eye every morning and through out the day. Now recently the part of my eye where my eye lashes are have been hurting when I blink and it feels like a bruise but it’s not. I don’t know what it is but maybe you would like to let me know something that it might be.
    Thanks, Lily

  129. Ben says:

    I am 13 years old have no allergies and am not sick but 1-2 months ago i got a yellow common thing in my eye but its stayed there i thought it would go away but it hasnt what should i do?

  130. Cheri Wanek says:

    Last year my son gave me pinkeye, but since then, that same eye will constantly be irritated, full of gunk, feels like something is in it (usually gunk), I even at times wake with my eyelashes stuck together.

    Also, my eye is VERY blurry. Mostly I think it’s blurry cuz of discharge or gunk on my eye, but that’s very hard to clear. When my eye is not full of gunk, it is still blurrier than it used to be.

    I’ve been washing my eye out with water and that sometimes helps, but I really don’t know why this is happening or what I should do about it. It’s very annoying having my eye always irritated, watery and full of gunk.

    I appreciate your advice!
    Thank You,

  131. tyler simon says:

    When I wear my contact lenses, I seem to have a lot of trouble with the contact in my left eye. The contact usually drys out sooner. Also my eye seems to produce a small amount of white/light yellow “goo”. when I look through the contact at night I can see a halo around lights. Oddly my left eye waters more then the right when the contacts are not in and I would think that eye would have less trouble then the right but it seems to be the opposite.

  132. Garry says:

    Late last night, I remember waking up and not being able to open my right eye. It felt crusty. This morning I thought maybe I had dreamt it because my eye seemed fine. Throughout the day I kept feeling my eye seem “oozey”. When I looked closer in the mirror I did notice some red crust on my eyelashes. Now it seems every hour I can take a piece of toilet paper and wipe the inner corner of my eye and produce some reddish discharge. My eye is not red, swollen, nor is it hurting at all. Any idea of what is could be would be helpful. I have since taken out my contacts.

    • Garry,

      We missed your comment on Wednesday – apologies. To rule out any infection, you should schedule an appointment to have your eyes examined soon – especially if the problem has gotten worse since you posted your comment.

  133. Josh says:

    So this happened about two months ago. I was cutting red onions and accidentally touched my eye and it got irritated very bad. Not sure if it’s related but I later got pink eye, a stye, and now every morning since then, I’ve been waking up with my eye crusted shut. This seemed to spread to my sister and her two kids who I live with. My sister had a stye recently as did my nephew. Both my niece and nephew wake up with their eye crusted shut just like me. I’m sure it started through me and spread to them. Please give me any advice I can do at home or medicine I can purchase to help this stop.

    • Hi Josh – if it is in fact pink eye, you all need to schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist to get a prescription medication to stop the infection. And in the meantime, WASH YOUR HANDS! Don’t touch your eyes at all if you can avoid it. Best of luck!

  134. Priyal says:

    I use contact lenses from a year but today suddenly in evening my eyes started​ itching bulging and green mucus started coming out of my eyes..Why is it so ? Anything to worry about?

    • Priyal, apologies for the late reply. We missed your comment last week! If you are still experiencing any symptoms, please remove your contact lenses and switch back to eyeglasses for a few days. If the symptoms go away, it’s likely that your contacts are to blame. If you’re still experiencing the itchiness and discharge, please make an appointment … we’d like to rule out any possibility of infection and get you treated properly before it gets worse.

  135. Danielle Marie McCaffery says:

    So everyday I have goops and goops of mucus from my eyes. All throughout the day. I wash my face in the morning amd by noon, im wiping crusty mucus from the corner of my eyes. Will this ever go away? My eyes hurt everyday and if i close them for 10-15 minutes (nap, compress, resting) they will be okay for about a hour. Is this normal? Will the crust ever disappear for half a day? Sometimes its super sticky and green and other days, crusty as ever. Help! Thank you

    • Hi Danielle – it could be any number of things. As weird as it sounds, dry eye syndrome can actually produce quite a lot of discharge throughout the day. Allergies could be another cause. If you’re concerned about an infection (or just want to rule one out to be safe), it would probably be a good idea for you to make an appointment. We’d be happy to take a look and help you figure out the cause.

  136. Jen says:


    I started wearing daily disposable contacts yesterday. They were fine all day, I took them out last night, went to bed when I woke up this morning my eyes were stuck together with green/yellow gunk and I had crusty thick hard stuff that had stuck both my eyes together. I couldn’t open my eyes. Once I had wiped my eyes clean with salt water they were swollen but not sore.
    Could this be a reaction to the contacts? It didn’t start until 4/5 hours after I took them out. I did use dry eye eye drops once or twice yesterday as the air con at work dried my eyes out.
    Any ideas?


  137. Emily says:

    I have very little drainage from my eyes in the morning and throughout the day. It feels like that canal is blocked and causing lots of dryness and sensitivity to light to the point where my right eye closes involuntarily. Have been checked by 2 specialists already and they think it’s the problem with nerves, but I think it’s the tear canal. Although I tear well, but the rheum doesn’t drain almost at all. Any suggestions?

  138. Jess says:

    I wear contacts and have a normal amount of goop on a regular basis. But when I wear makeup during the day, that night I will have an issue. I always remove my eye makeup and wash my face before bed. And I feel fine , however when I sleep, my eyes cake up with crusty goop and almost fuse shut. This doesn’t happen during the day so I don’t think it’s my makeup but could it be my remover? I have tried 2 different kinds.

    • Hi Jess,

      It certainly could be your eye makeup remover … especially if there is any residue on your eyes. Make sure to thoroughly rinse your eyes/face one final time once you’re done taking your makeup off and see if that helps. Also, replace your pillow cases regularly.

  139. Myra says:

    I am 12 years old and string discharge is coming out from under my eyelid. Can you help me?

  140. Alonna says:

    I’ve had this problem for years now I’ve never been able to figure out what’s going on but my eyes produce mucus like a dog every 5 minutes I have to wash out or pull out or wipe out these stringy gooey eyeboogers they will string across my entire eyeball. It will feel like pulling out a long hair from your eye except its a boogie. I’ll be at work and will randomly have my vision obstructed by these things, I go wash my face smd 15 20 mins later have the same issue. Its gross and annoying. I have been dealing with this issue for probably 10 years and I’m 22. I don’t think the amount I produce would be considered normal. Its not a makeup issue as I don’t wear makeup much at all. I’m so mortified that the day I decide to get married all the pics are gunna be of me picking and wiping my eyes smearing my makeup and whatnot. Ive briefly brought it up to a regular doctor and an eyebrow doctor they both kinda blew it to the wall. I don’t know any ideas of what is going on? I just wanna pop my eye balls out rinse and scrub them as well as my eyesockets lol please help

  141. Marion Olson says:

    As a babylI had a closedtear duct so I had to have surgery to open it up . I believe I had three operations and it’s never been quite right anyway y, I always get a discharge out of the open tear duct . and I’ve always worked with a microscope at my job so I’m used to seeing things really really small so I got a new little microscope at home and it goes to 60,000 and I just clean the gunk out of my eyes and out of it comes of red little string. A true red and I also a blue, a true blue. It happens all the time and it’s the same string color and it’s the same thickness it’s exactly the same as the one before it. So I have a blue string or red string or both coming out of my eyes when I blot my eyes with a tissue.What can they be? I know it’s crazy but it’s true and I don’t go looking for stuff I just was curious and now of course I kept track of them. Any thoughts?

  142. Rylei Harper says:

    Hi my name is Rylei and I’m 17. A few days ago I was diagnosed with Paipelldema and have been getting tested non-stop because of it. After my MRI we’ve found that there is no mass in the brain causing it. Since then we have been taking blood test after blood test and trying to ignore anything too bad unless we absolutely have to, although this is worrying me because of the symptoms I can feel now.

    Even though I was unaware when we found the problem. (I just was going on for a normal appointment at my eye doctor) I can now feel some things going on and it has begun to worry me and my family.

    When I wake up my eyes feel as I’ve slept with contacts in. As I was a contact wearer I do not wear them anymore… they feel dry and stuck.

    My vision, although I can barely tell that my vision is getting worse I have been taking vision tests and my doctor mentioned that is getting worse by the day.

    My head, I feel lots of pressure. Not necessarily a headache but definitely uncomfortable and it worries me.

    Lastly I just feel weak. My body is tired and I’m not used to feeling so down all the time.

    I’m just asking for another opinion as my neural eye doctor has helped but doesn’t answer many questions or speak his thoughts in this process. We believe he doesn’t want to mention anything until he knows for sure but it’s been on my mind.

    Thank you.

  143. priyanka pandey says:

    I had worn my cosmetic brown coloured lens ,and forgot to open them at night , in the morning when I woke up I tried to open it as soon as possible, but it was very difficult to open it out since it was not coming out my eyes, and when I opened it my vision appeared cloudy. Can u plz help me out?, I’m very tensed.

  144. Jeff says:

    Why don’t you guys respond anymore? I got a doozy for you, send me a message and il send it to you then if you figure it out, you can use my likeness on your website and say you cured me. No one else has been able to, not even Mayo.

    • Jeff – apologies. Have you emailed us? Blog comments occasionally get lost in the shuffle, but if you need to discuss your condition with one of our doctors, please call the office to schedule an appointment. Thank you!

  145. Arnolia says:

    Hi, last week I felt something get in my right eye and I tied to take it out thinking it was eyelash but no luck, it started itching so bad and i was touching it, it started to redden and swell, in the evening it was swollen and releasing thick mucus, so around midnight the was mucus on the upper eyelid and i tried to remove it but it was impossible, it was coming in small amount next to the black thing in the middle and it was blocking my vision, now my upper eyelid still feels weird like there is still something in my eye. My eyelashes on both eyes are itchy, always relesing tears and when i blink i always fell like there is something in my eyes. Should I be worried?

  146. Amanda says:

    I’m blind In my right eye from a stroke still have complete motor function and appears normal.

    However my left eye the past few days has this sore throbbing feeling, I noticed stringy clear goo that I could pull out. (I have allergies so bad) my eye is constantly sore and sort of watery at times. I’m worried..

  147. Jessica says:

    So for about the past week, every time I wake up in the morning, I feel like my eyes are glued shut from crusty yellow mucus and I have to flush my eyes out and then they are a little red but it usually goes away within 10 minutes. Throughout the rest of the day I don’t have any runny eyes or noticeable mucus buildup in either of my eyes. It’s only right when I wake up that I have this problem. I am a contact wearer but I take good care of them and take them out usually every night. I’ve never had bad allergies or anything either so I’m puzzled…

  148. Rosie says:

    I am getting over having impetigo on the face and was given an antibiotic do my eyes in case fluid leaked in and infected the eyes. I’ve been in oral antibiotics as well and see improvement in face, but eyes are still giving off a yellowish discharge and eyes feel like they get glued shut, mostly at night. How do I know the antibiotic drops are working?

    • Hi Rosie. We wouldn’t be able to determine the exact cause without seeing you in person, but the yellow discharge at night could well be caused by something unrelated to the antibiotics you’re taking. You might have seasonal allergies, for example. If this has not improved since you posted your comment, please give our office a call to schedule an appointment so we can recommend the appropriate treatment.

  149. ALEX VianaHart says:

    It feels like my i have gunk in my eye, and i have random blurry/cloudy movements all day, but nothing comes out of my eye. I have severe sinus pressure and headaches for a couple weeks now. Could this be linked to my gunky eye/blurred vision? What can i do?

  150. Sade Russell says:

    Hello… I’m 17 and have constant eye boogers coming out through out the day but mostly at night around like around 8 o’clock. I have large amount of boogers coming out of my eyes during the day also.

  151. Lorenzo Cassa says:

    I had Pterygium surgery in both eyes several years ago. Since then ive had sleep not only in the morning but all hours of the day and sometimes I forget about the condition and go out in public is there any over the counter medication I can use to make it go away. I told my Dr. but he said it comes it is a tradeoff. Looking for a second opinion.

  152. garry drinkwater says:

    Hi going back 4 to 5 weeks ago i woke to find sleep in the corner of my eye but on rubbing my eye i pushed the sleep in by mistake and it now seems to be stuck at the back of my eye causing slight pain and discomfort every morning until it seems to settle at the back of the sockets somewhere, Once this happens i don’t feel it again until the morning after, like i say its been around 5 weeks now. Are their any eye drops that will dissolve the eye debris?

  153. Bobcat says:

    When I rub my eyes I feel something go down my throat (the same feeling as if you were to inhale water) is there something wrong with me?

    • Hello there. It’s difficult to know what’s causing that sensation — our doctors would need to complete an exam to diagnose you properly. If you’d like to make an appointment, we’d love to see you! Just give our office a call during normal business hours to schedule a time to come in.

  154. Valerie Asbell says:

    My eyes CONSTANTLY throughout the day blur, water, have strings, and I have to clean them off to see. W H Y ??!!

  155. Aniyah McIntyre says:

    This thing probably don’t respond anymore but imma try anyways. I am 12 years old and every morning I have this urge to go check my eyes and “clean” them. When i do this, 80% of the time clear but only 20% of the time a string of white. Sometimes in the day this stuff goes of my pupal and it gets annoying so I have that urge to pull it out. It never hurts but my eyes get really irritated afterwards and sometimes, I have to squeeze my eyes shut for 10 seconds to get them to stop hurting. I know this stuff comes out whenever I have pink eye and ever since I first pulled this stuff out in 5th grade, I’ve been doing it since now, ( About two years ). It has become a normal routine of doing it every single day. Sometimes I worry that It’s a never ending strip of a parasite, or a never ending pink eye. I just need answers. I dont have seeing problems, and I have never gotten severe head trauma so I don’t know whats going on….. please help

  156. Haru says:

    I have always always put my finger in my eyes and rub them all the time …but recently I have stopped and I have not even touched them for a month …but when I leave my eyes they like constantly produce this while discharge that is like a smear or so , its not like any discharge and its like oil or something but white and noticeable , it appears at the corners of my eyes . it is worrying me and I have called a doctor and he said nothing worrying but he doubted “fungus” but then dismissed it ….so since then I’m so worried and I hope you can help me … I went for an eye test last week but it was for my glasses and they did tests for my vision …so if there was a problem would that appear to them ? or a doctor should see it ?
    I cannot go for a doctor at the moment so plz any idea ?
    I have no other symptoms , no pain or itching , no redness or any crusting .

  157. Shannon says:

    Hello. I do have mold & dust allergies, but take Zyrtec D daily to combat & has helped a lot . No sinus infections for 5 years. Hooray. About 3 weeks ago, I began waking up with eye crusts. In my 47 years, I’ve never had eye crusts. Even during my younger ‘party’ years. Ideas? Thank you! My Sincerest appreciation for your website & info.

  158. Fred says:

    I have used both Daily Wear lenses (astigmatic) . No matter what, I always have a discharge (crud) on my lenses within an hour of putting them in. I have used Blink N Clean which is definitely helpful but not a cure all. I am meticulous in making sure my hands are clean and even use Eye Lid scrub pads.

    Any suggestion? Always willing to hear a new suggestion.

    Thank you


  159. James Hairr says:

    my wife has had lime desease and she has lost site in her eye and its has a white film over it. at times shes says it hurts really bad and she has these little specks of black particles coming out her eye.. so my question is why is this happening and what does she have and what do we need to do to get her the help she needs before things get worse..

  160. Peggy says:

    There’s this crust that doesn’t only form at the corner of my eyes when I wake up. Even during the day it comes at my corners very often that people always tell me to remove it. I’m confused as to why it forms frequently at my eye corners.

  161. Jennifer Talbot says:

    I have had severe head trauma. It was probably 4 or 5 years ago. I fell, running to catch the postman, and face-planted the aluminum box trailer in the driveway. You could literally see the imprint of my face from all of my makeup that adhered to the aluminum. There was a cut across my forehead on one side that my skull was visible through. I had my husband put a butterfly bandage across and the scar is not all that bad, but I noticed it took all line off that side of my forehead. I would not go to the e.r. I was scared, and I just knew I would have a brain bleed, I hit SOOOO hard. I had significant swelling in my cheek and tingles if I touched my cheek bone, just like around the scar on my head. After the swelling went down, that is when my eye problems started. So affected by the light and stingy and pain and pulling strings out, always watering, sticky, finally I started wearing a patch and got some relief. I know I severed the tendons that control my eyelid. We had no money or insurance. I became agoraphobic and that was part of the reason. 2 years went by and we had money to go to the eye dr. The nurse was typing in my accident details until I said it had been 2 years and she started deleting the whole thing. Then they dilated my eyes and did the exam and said I had dry eye and wrote me a script. I was mortified. I cried for days. No drops help. I ordered some experimental plasma drops, and success! But it was short-lived and about a year later, with pollen season, my problem returned, full force and has not subsided, several months now, and even with new plasma drops, no relief. I have tried everything. I will not trust a dr again, that one was so rude and would not listen to ANYTHING I said, even telling me I could get s second opinion if I wanted, but mainly it was the way he looked down at me like I was a joke. I guarantee him he would not look so great if his eye had been killing him for years, every second of the day, making his life a constant torture just in attempt to keep the other eye open. What can I do? I would have let them take my eye that day if he had said the pain would stop. It has always been the one eye. The other is perfect. Please tell me what I can do? I would prefer death over living like this with no relief in sight. The white sandy particles burn and hurt and I can not open my eye at all any more. It hurts too bad. I can not really see out of it.

  162. Lexie S says:

    hi, i have had “eye discharge” for several years since i was around 5 or maybe even younger and it is crusty on my eyelids and lashes all the time unless i pick it off. is this normal should i visit the doctor

  163. Maitreyi naik says:

    From past one day my eye is getting frequent dirt and while I’m sleeping it gets more dirt and this is for only single eye please help.

  164. Rachel S says:

    I have been having a problem for years where randomly through my day I will all of a sudden have white eye boogers and it will take hours of me just holding my eye shut for it to return to normal and get all the eye boogers out. it can be in any environment allergen or no allergic makeup or no seems like it is happening pretty much everyday now and I don’t know how to get it to stop. it affects my every day life and makes me so frustrated at this point I almost just want to rip my eyes out. I still have not figured out what causes this or even heard of someone else having this issue. I feel so alone and like i’m going to have to live out my life always fighting with my eyes. it will only be one eye at a time but I have bad eyesight but don’t wear glasses or contacts so i’m left almost blind some days.

  165. Colin D says:

    I got some mild in my eye the other day at work and since then it feels like there is something in there and yellow stuff keep coming out kind of irritating

  166. Laura says:

    Hi my name is Laura I have had a lazy eye my whole life. I had a surgery to correct it when I was a baby and it worked untill I was about 14 years old I’ve worn the patch and when I cover my hand over my strong eye the weak one goes straight but when I take it off it goes lazy again I’ve done exercises to strengthen it but it gets worse as I get older I’ve tried everything I’m so tiered of people asking me are you looking at me. I was wondering if I should or could do another surgery on it would it fix my problem

  167. Katie Brown says:

    Hello I’m a 21 year old female and for the last year or so ima eyes literally constantly have either a clear or a white goop irritating my eyes and blocking my vision I’ve always warn glasses and I’ve definitely gotten worse about wearing them over the last few years but even when I wear them it doesn’t help I’ve also gone to my eye doctor and they said use over the counter eye drops so tried 3-4 different types of eye drops with absolutely no relief the eye drops only made it easier the get them out in the moment I’m at a loss and it’s driving me insane help please!

  168. Kelly says:

    A long article, THREE HUNDRED AND FORTY SEVEN comments, and not a SINGLE mention of DEMODEX parasites that are known to commonly cause these symptoms?


  169. Meghan says:

    hello, i realize i’m about half a decade late to this thread, but i’ve been having eye problems with my right eye for quite some time now and i’d just like to share my symptoms and experiences to see if there’s any possible solutions, cures, antibiotics, etc. so this has been going on for months now (i’ve lost count at this point) where only my right eye is red, has green discharge in the corner, burns, is slightly blurry, is watery, has some crust attached to my eyelashes, and is difficult to keep open without it stinging. these symptoms are the worst when i’m tired (in the morning and at night). in the morning i have every single one of these symptoms (the crust is occasional), at night i only experience my eye growing heavy and becoming slightly blurry. i don’t think it’s pink eye because after i’ve woken up in the morning it usually almost completely clears up later, maybe around 30 minutes into the start of my day give or take. however, lately i believe it’s been getting worse because sometimes during the day—after it should’ve pretty much cleared up—it has been producing more tears than usual and somewhat burns, even after closing it for a couple minutes to attempt to soothe it, it’s ineffective. it’s probably important to note that somewhere around 1 or 2 halloween’s ago my friend accidentally elbowed me in my right eye, but it wasn’t anywhere near as bad enough to where it caused me a black eye, no it was just a little blurry, i blinked it away and that was that; this being the cause of my eye discomfort doesn’t make much sense to me because my eye started acting up awhile after that incident, like perhaps 2-3 months later? i’ve gone to two different eye doctors and one gave me eye drops for pink eye which didn’t help at all, and the other prescribed to me an ointment to put on my lower eyelid and warm compresses. the medicine was working for like a week or so and then it just stopped working and after the warm compresses my eye is just blurry and the blurriness doesn’t subside right away, it takes a minute and it’s annoying. also the second eye doctor told me i have blepharitis in both of my eyes, so with that information why is only one of my eyes being affected? nothing is adding up. another thing that may be of some significance to my issue is that i’ve had pink eye several times in the past, i’m not sure if that has anything to do with it but i thought i’d add nonetheless. Oh, one more thing i just thought of: when i rub my upper eyelid i can feel two very small bumps underneath & vertical to each other, i don’t know if they’re just on my eyelid or if they’re on my actual eye itself but i just noticed that today, it doesn’t hurt and it’s not uncomfortable, it’s simply just there. Please, if there’s any information you can give me on how to fix this, any tips, advice, solutions, recommendations, literally anything you can think of is helpful and greatly appreciated. i miss having normal vision. feel free to ask me any questions i’d be happy to answer as soon as i can!


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