Eye Care

Sticky eyes

Sticky eye is a condition where a thick,yellow, pus-like substance is discharged from the eye. This usually occurs as a result of a clogged tear duct. This can also lead to infection. Sticky eyes can also occur as a result of sexually transmitted infections during childbirth. At times, conjunctivitis or even common cold can lead to sticky eyes.

This is most common in infants during their first few months.

Symptoms of sticky eyes:

The symptoms for sticky eyes can be as follows:

    • Problems in vision
    • Eye pain
    • The baby finds it difficult to open an eye

Frequent discharge from the eye

Causes of sticky eyes:

The main cause of sticky eyes are clogged eye ducts.
Common cold, conjunctivitis, sexually transmitted infections etc are also some of the rare causes of sticky eyes.

Treatment for sticky eyes:

  • The doctors may prescribe antibiotic eye drops which should be used
    3 -4 times a day.
  • With the help of cotton wipes, clean the discharge. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly to prevent it from spreading.
  • In case of infants, if the tear duct is blocked, avoid exposing the child to antibiotics. The blocked duct will open up on its own.

Precautions that should be taken to prevent sticky eyes:

  • Avoid rubbing the eyes or touching the eyes with unclean hands.
  • Transfer of green sticky nasal discharges to healthy eyes also result in conjunctivitis, thus resulting in sticky eyes.

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