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Old 04-01-2006, 08:17 PM   #1
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mucus in eye in morning

Every morning that I wake up (this has been happening for about a year now) i have mucus in my eye...and i know this is gross but its like a string of it gathered in my lower eyelid and I can pull it out and sometimes it wraps around my eye into the upper eyelid. I notice little spots of black mascara in there too sometimes....even if I washed my makeup off the night before. I saw my dr. about it a year ago and he said i may have an infection and gave me drops but they didnt help. He made it seem like it wasnt a big deal. This also often happens during the day. Lately too (just within the last week) i have very bad dry eye when i wake up. Ive tried changing my contacts more often and switching eye makeup but it hasnt seemed to clear. Any help would be very much appreciated. Thank you!

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Old 04-02-2006, 03:52 AM   #2
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Re: mucus in eye in morning

Many people with dry eye have mucus in their eyes in the morning becuase they do not have the sufficent tears that natuarlly wash it away, everyone has it, but mosts arnet a problem. Try using some over night artifical tears. dry eye doesnt ussually just clear up on its own.

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Old 04-02-2006, 07:11 AM   #3
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Re: mucus in eye in morning

I am so sorry your starting to suffer from mucus in your eyes, first one I've seen that has the same problem as me, I've been suffering from long stringy mucus in my eyes for 3 years now, I was diagnosed with MGD, which is Mebioman Gland Dysnfunction, I get the mascara pieces as well. Be sure to wash your eyes and face before you go to bed, put tons of drops in preservative free is better and make sure you have a nice thick ointment like GenTeal Gel to put in at night, it will make your eyes blurry but just massage them until it smoothes out.

Severe Dry Eye sucks bad, I have these long stringy mucus things coming out of my eyes day and night and my eyes are so dry, I am on Restasis and NAC drops from a compounding pharmacy but I also use tons of other eye drops to help soothe my poor dry eyes. I know its gross and hard to believe when you pull those long rubbery strings out huh? It's like where in the hell is this coming from? I totally know what your going through, I am only 30 years old and I use to smoke and now that I quit now a month smoke free I feel much better and the mucus strings are not as bad.

One guy had e-mailed me and told me that he smoked and smoked and the doctor said it inflammed his Meboiman Glands and that is why his eyes were the way they were, all full of mucus, red and strings coming out, so he quit and now in 4 months he's almost completely better. I went to the Moran Eye Center in Salt Lake to see a specialist and the first one said it was caused by smoking, the second one said that the smoking contributed to my eye trouble, anyway's I know what your going through.

Try doing warm compresses as much as you can, take a hot wash cloth as hot as you can take it and put it over your eyes, this will get the natural oils and tears flowing. Try using preservative free eye drops, don't use Visine. If you can afford it try getting on Restasis, they say it takes about 6 months to work? As for the mucus strings you just have to deal with them and try your hardest not to touch your eyes as much, have a humidifier in your room at night, make sure you use distilled water in it. Take steaming hot showers and baths this will help your eyes, avoid smoking or smokey places.

Fish oil, Flax seed oil, eating fish, drinking tons of water might help. Many people try being on Doxycycline for months to see if it helps, until then try the warm compresses and humidifier. God Bless Delilah

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Old 04-02-2006, 07:54 AM   #4
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Re: mucus in eye in morning

Wow, thank you sooo much for all the help! I have another eye appt. in late april so I'll talk to him about it too. Ill get some of the drops that you mentioned and see if it helps (an that you how do i know if its preservative free?) . Funny you say the thing about the smoking cause i think it started for me when I started going to bars a lot and smoking when I drink. Plus i Live with my boyfriend who use to smoke. Neither of us smoke anymore and try not to hang out at smoky places and I still have the mucus though. I never really linked the dry eye to the mucus but I guess it makes sense. Good to hear im not alone and that im not going blind or something! Sorry you suffer to..its kinda gross. Anyway, take care and thank you.

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