Yellow Colored Eye Discharge
Yellow eye discharge is usually due to conjunctivitis, when there is bacterial, viral, allergic infection in the eyes as in case of conjunctivitis, a person may get yellow eye discharge, which stick to the eyes more after a sound sleep.
The yellow discharge is often caused by mucus. Most of the time, this is not painful but could cause significant discomfort to the patient especially because there are times when these interfere with normal eyesight.
Although not a life-threatening condition, it is still best to have this condition treated. Permanent damage to the eyes is not very likely unless the condition does progress and affect the internal parts of the eyes.
Causes of Yellowish Eye Discharge
Understanding the causes of why the patient experiences yellowish eye discharge can help in dealing with the ailment. The reason for this is that a specific underlying cause may need a special kind of treatment than the others. The following are just some of the possible causes of yellowish discharge from the eyes of infants and adults:
- Conjunctivitis can be bacterial, viral, allergic or due to irritants.
- Ulcer of cornea.
- Steven-Johnson’s syndrome
- Injury or trauma to eye
- Foreign body in the eye
- Corneal cancer
- Blocked tear duct is the main cause in babies and adults to have yellow eye discharge.
Treatment For Yellow Eye Discharge in Adults and Children
Often, the ailment will clear out by itself, not requiring any form of treatment. Still, because the eyes are very important parts of the body, not to mention easily seen, patients who have a yellowish eye discharge would want to be able to treat these problems as soon as possible.
The following are just some of the possible treatment options that can be used in adults and children with yellow colored eye discharge:
- It depends on the underlying cause; the remedy can vary and can be carried out in home or by visiting your ophthalmologist.
- If the patient’s eyes are glued shut because of the hardened mucus, he/she can use warm cloth and wipe the eye lids. The crusts will loosen and allow the eyes to open.
- Do not apply cosmetics on the eyes when the patient is suffering from eye discharge.
- To prevent spreading the bacteria around, avoid sharing common towels and washcloths.