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Most of the eye discharge is harmless. However, eye discharge can also be caused by infections and serious eye disorders. Whatever the cause, eye discharge must be cleaned properly
Eye discharge is something that is normal if it appears in small amounts. However, if it is not cleaned properly, eye discharge can cause eye problems that were not previously problematic.
In addition, eye discharge can also arise if the eye has a disease, such as an infection. If in this condition the eye discharge is not cleaned properly, the disease will get worse and difficult to heal.
The Causes of Eye Dirt
Water is normally a combination of mucus, oil, and dead skin cells that accumulate in the corners of the eyes. Eye discharge can also form as an eye protection mechanism against foreign objects such as dust, sand, soil, gravel debris, and metal fragments that enter the eye.
In addition, eye discharge can also be caused by several diseases, such as infection, allergies, irritation, or dry eyes. Eye discharge that arises due to disease will usually be much more numerous and thicker so it is very annoying.
If eye discharge has accumulated, the eyes will feel itchy and crusty, uncomfortable, painful, difficult to open when waking up, and reddened.If it starts from an infection, the germs that cause it can spread and worsen the eye condition. In fact, the accumulation of eye wax can also interfere with the cornea and vision.
The Safe Way to Clean Eye Dirt
Every time you clean your eyes, wash your hands first. After that, compress the eye that contains dirt with cotton or a clean cloth that has been soaked in warm water. Let stand for a few minutes until the eye discharge feels soft, then gently and slowly sweep the eye wax in a direction away from the center of the eye until it is completely clean.
If the appearance of eye discharge is accompanied by other complaints, such as itchy eyes, swollen eyes, or slightly blurred vision, it is advisable to consult a doctor. Your doctor may give you eye medication, such as antibiotic ointment or eye drops to help with your symptoms.
Even though you've been given medicine, it doesn't mean you don't need to clean the eye discharge that keeps coming out. Instead, you need to clean it regularly so that the medicine can work better and you can recover faster.
In addition, to help the recovery process and prevent complaints from getting worse, there are several other things that you need to pay attention to in cleaning eye discharge. Here are some of them:
- Don't touch your eyes when your hands are dirty or you haven't washed your hands.
- Avoid using cosmetics around the eyes for a while so as not to irritate the eyes.
- Stop using contact lenses and switch to glasses for vision assistance until the complaints are completely gone.
- Do not wipe, press the eye, or touch the eyeball with anything other than a clean, wet cotton swab so that your eye condition doesn't get worse.
Eye discharge is generally nothing to worry about because it is a natural response in protecting the eyes from harmful objects. Eye discharge can also be cleaned yourself at home in a simple way.
However, you are advised to consult a doctor if the discharge is accompanied by other symptoms such as lumpy or gritty eyes, pain, blurred vision, watery eyes, and swollen eyes.