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sherm80 posted:
It would seem I do have allergy eyes, and usually without the nasal symptoms, but sometimes, in the morning, there is hard, gritty "sleep" in the corner of the eye, along with this grit on lower lashes/lid, and they seem alittle more irritated, etc. what is that stuff, and why does it appear one time, and then I can go months before I experience it again?
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
Most of that stuff is dried tears....Your home is probably dry and your eyes are trying to moisturize in the middle of the night. The eye does collect dust particles and is subject to sub-clinical infections, so it is not unusual to see minor infections (conjunctivitis) as well. Since we often rub our eyes, our contaminated hands help transfer a variety of pathogens to this area.

Try some allergy eye drops. Some of the over-the-counter ones are very helpful. Your pharmacist can point you in the right direction. You can also use some artificial tears at bedtime or run a cool mist humidifier in your room. And, don't rub your eyes with your hands/fingers.....

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