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Waking Up With Crusty Eyes? What it could mean

Everyone has woken up with some “sand” around his or her eyes more than once. And although you may be temped to call the Sandman, the condition might actually be more serious than you think. Conjunctivitis, or the medical term for sandy eyes, is an eye infection that can either be caused be infectious or sterile, and depending on the cause of your sandy eyes, you may want to make an appointment with your eye doctor.

Infectious Conjunctivitis
Infectious conjunctivitis is basically what the name itself indicates— it’s when your conjunctivitis is caused by some sort of eye infection. Most commonly when you have infectious conjunctivitis it results in Pink Eye. Although Pink Eye is traditionally associated with disgusting things like sleeping near human or animal feces, it can also be easily contracted by someone who already has it.

eye care servicesSigns of Pink Eye

  • Goop around the eyes when you wake up— so much that it can be almost hard to open your eyes.
  • Itchy eyes
  • Pink eyes
  • A little bit of blurry vision due to the overload of mucus around the eye

If you have any of the above symptoms, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor. If your doctor does indicate that you do in fact have pink eye, he will give you some prescription eye drops that will help clear it up within just a day or two–however keep using the eye drops as recommended so that you don’t further spread the infection.

Sterile Conjunctivitis
Sterile conjunctivitis is typically caused by things such as allergies or some other sort of irritant like dust. If you notice that your eyes are producing more of a crusty texture when you wake up and it is followed by some itchiness due to allergies, try getting an over-the-counter eye drop or taking an oral antihistamine. This will help with any itchiness or swelling that may have arisen due to your allergies.

Whether you have sterile or infectious conjunctivitis, it’s important to consult with your doctor about what treatment you should seek in order to clear it up.

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