Eye secretion or lagañas is a combination of mucus, oil, skin cells and other debris that accumulates in the inner corner of this organ while people sleep.
Information from Clínica Baviera, Spain, shows that this mucus has a primarily protective function, as it manages to extract waste products and sediments that are potentially harmful to the eyes. When this mucus dries up, lagañas or also known as legañas appear, which are evident when a person wakes up.
However, it is important to pay attention to their development, because if this mucus is produced in excess or if it acquires an unusual color, these may be signs that there is an infection and precisely to protect itself, the eye secretes a greater amount than this substance or change its composition.
Information from the ophthalmic clinic Ocumed from Spain on its website ensures that we must be vigilant if this substance is secreted in excessive quantity, if it has a purulent appearance, if it has a yellowish or greenish color, if the eyes itch or scratch, or if there is pain in the eye area. Some of the most common diseases that are evidenced by lagañas are the following:
Eye discharge is a common symptom of conjunctivitis, an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin membrane that covers the “white” of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids.
In addition to itching, gritty feeling and red eyes, conjunctivitis is usually accompanied by white, yellow or green mucus that can crust over the lash line while a person sleeps, explains the All About Vision portal.
Conjunctivitis can be viral, bacterial and allergic. The first is highly contagious and is caused by a virus such as herpes simplex or the common cold; while the second is caused by a bacterial infection and can be a sight threat if not treated in time. In the case of allergies, it is triggered by allergens such as pollen, dander, dust and other common irritants that cause eye allergies.
It is a disease characterized by inflammation or infection of the eyelids, in particular in the area where the eyelashes are born and where the meibomian glands are located, which generate a series of secretions that are part of the tear, which is rich in lipids of various types .
The symptoms of this condition, according to the Bavarian Clinic, are, among others, yellowish fleas or white mucus in the eye, pain, itching, redness and the appearance of a type of dandruff on the edges of the eye.
This is another eye infection. A stye is a blocked meibomian gland at the base of the eyelid, most often due to an infected eyelash follicle. This condition usually presents with redness, swollen eyelids and tenderness in the affected area. Yellow pus, crusting of the eyelid and discomfort when blinking are also possible.
“The stye usually goes away on its own, but it’s important to avoid squeezing the stye to remove the pus to reduce the risk of the infection spreading to other areas of the eye,” says All About Vision.
If the person has eye pain, redness, swollen eyelids, photophobia, and thick eye discharge, they may have a corneal ulcer, eye infection, or corneal injury, quite similar to an abscess, which can sometimes have a grayish appearance. According to experts, the deeper the ulcer, the more severe the symptoms that appear.
These ulcers pose a serious threat to vision because if not treated quickly, they can lead to complete vision loss. Depending on the case, for your treatment, the ophthalmologist may prescribe the use of antibiotic, antifungal or antiviral eye drops and even injection of drugs near the eye.
Whenever these conditions appear, it is important to consult a specialist to determine the next step, the causes of the possible infection and the signals sent by the lagañas.