The eyes of a person normally produce mucus or pus called rheum which can, later on, leave eye boogers. This is a sludgy substance we usually see in our eyes.

The mucus helps to protect the eyes from harmful chemicals, dirt, and other foreign materials. Boogers in the eyes are harmless. Yet, it is best to always check if it changes as it can already be a hint for health issues.


The normal and healthy eyes have eye boogers because of the mucus produced in the eyes. With lifestyle changes or eye issue, excessive production of the mucus may happen. These can be due to:

The use of eye products: There are contact lenses or cosmetics that can irritate the eyes.

Debris and dirt near the eyes: Once there is an accumulation of debris around the eyes like sleeping with mascara on can cause eye irritation.

Weather or climate changes: There are some people who can have excessive discharge during a particular season like cold weather or allergy season.

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  1. April 20, 2019

    It’s helpful writing and I have learned a lot of things through this post. Everyone produces the mucus that causes eye boogers. This is normal in healthy eyes. However, some changes in lifestyle or eye health may cause the eyes to produce excess mucus. These changes can also make it more likely that the rheum sticks to the eyes. Thank you so much and keep posting things like this.

  2. April 21, 2019

    Everyone produces the mucus that causes eye boogers, which is normal in healthy eyes. But, a thick green or gray mucus discharge could be something serious. A green or grayish discharge coming from your eyes may represent an eye infection caused by bacteria. Bacterial conjunctivitis may cause your eyelid to be completely stuck shut upon awakening in the morning.

  3. April 29, 2019

    Thick and unusual boogers are something you should check with your physician, but also lack of boogers can be a problem because normal eyes produce normal amount of boogers. Healthy eyes will rarely be without boogers, especially in the morning after a good night sleep.

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