Eye discharge

Eye discharge is the secretion of liquid or other substances from the eye. The discharge can make it difficult to open the eyelids if they have been closed for a long time, especially during sleep.

The eye discharge might vary in color and consistency depending on the underlying cause. In most cases, the discharge is clear, yellow or green in color and range in consistency from liquid to a sticky, gel-like substance.

The discharge can be triggered by various conditions affecting the eye directly or associated to certain conditions that affect the entire body such as common cold. It can also be caused by infection or allergies. Even though most cases are not serious, a doctor must be consulted if the discharge is severe or persistent.

What are the other indications present with eye discharge?

Eye discharge

The discharge can be triggered by various conditions affecting the eye directly or associated to certain conditions that affect the entire body such as common cold.

There are also other accompanying symptoms present with eye discharge but it depends on the underlying condition.

Other eye symptoms that can occur with eye discharge include the following:

  • Dry eye
  • Blurry or double vision
  • Eye pain
  • Bump on the eyelid or eyeball
  • Watery eyes
  • Itchiness
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Increased light sensitivity

What are the causes?

Eye discharge can be triggered by various conditions that range in severity from irritating or a threat to vision. If the individual suffers from persistent or significant eye discharge, a doctor must be consulted to figure out the underlying cause and start appropriate treatment.

Usual causes

  • Common cold
  • Blepharitis
  • Dry eye
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Eye infection
  • Exposure of the eyes to chemicals
  • Pinkeye
  • Hay fever or allergic reaction from cosmetics, animal dander or pollen
  • Flu
  • Presence of foreign objects in the eye such debris or synthetic fiber

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