What are eye bogeys?


Do you ever wake up in the morning and find that you’ve got something sticky or crispy in the corner of your eye? Me too. And in our house, we call these things ‘eye bogeys’ although other people call them ‘sleep’.

But what are they and where do they come from?

Well, getting eye bogeys is usually nothing to worry about and they can easily be wiped away using a clean tissue. (You shouldn’t pick them out with your finger in case you push dirt or bacteria into your eye.) Like the bogeys you get in your nose when you have a cold or an allergy, eye bogeys are made of mucus, old skin cells and tiny bits of dust.

Your eyes stay clean and healthy because each time you blink, your eyelids spread a mixture of oils and mucus across your eyes. This mixture helps to keep your eyes moist and stops them from drying out. It also helps to wash out any bacteria, dust or dirt that might have got into your eye.

If your eyes do get dirt or bacteria in them, your body makes extra oil and mucus to try and wash it out. This extra oil, mucus and dirt can clump together to make an eye bogey, which is pushed towards the corner of your eyes to keep your eyes clean.

However, if your eyes start to hurt or you get lots and lots of mucus coming out of them, you might have an infection and should see a doctor or a pharmacist.

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