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What Causes Puss Coming From The Eye, And Waking Up With Crusty

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What Causes Puss Coming From The Eye, And Waking Up With Crusty Stuff? Eyes Are Stuck Shut.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Stevens replied 7 years ago.

Hello there

how long have you been experiencing this? Is it both eyes or one? What is your age?

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
About 3 Nights, Im 48, Both Eyes Right Alittle Worse.
Expert:  Dr. Stevens replied 7 years ago.
ONce you wake you and clean up the eyes, is the discharge pretty much done until the next morning or os the discharge throughout the day....
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
usually starts in the evening before bed.
Expert:  Dr. Stevens replied 7 years ago.

Hello there

I think that your eyes most likely have a condition called blepharitis. Blepharitis is an infection of the lids and lashes. Common findings in someone with blepharitis can range from subtle collections of yellow colored debris or flakes on the lashes to not so subtle crusting, clumping on lashes, red eyelid borders with thickening of the lids and oil gland orifices. The typical finding is pus-like discharge and mattering that causes stickyness in the lids in the morning.


The treatment consists of 3 things and must be done consistently for effective control and cure.

First, you take a a warm wash cloth or warm compress and lay it across your lids for 5 minutes (heat must be applied for 5 mins). This helps the oil glands get moving again and helps losen up the debris on the lashes.

Next you take some baby shampoo and mix it with water (50/50) and use a wash cloth to rub across and cleanse the skin and lashes. This helps remove the debris.

Last, you apply antibiotic ointment, like erythromycin ophthalmic ointment to the base of the lashes.


This regimen helps get rid of or control the infection in about 2 weeks. You may try this without the antibiotic ointment first, but may need to talk to your doctor for a prescription for the erythromycin ophthalmic ointment if your symptoms do not resolve fully.

I hope this helps, this condition is a nuisance for many people and until the diagnosis is made, it can lead to lots of irritation and discomfort.


Dr. Stevens


Customer: replied 7 years ago.
what causes it? Does It Have Anything to do with the sinus cavity?
Expert:  Dr. Stevens replied 7 years ago.
This condition is an overgrowth of the normal bacterial flora, it does not have any connection to the sinuses. Regards