Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Anatomy

Eye Discharge Overview

What is an eye discharge?
A person with an eye discharge has green or yellow mucus draining from the eye. The discharge results from irritation or inflammation of the conjunctiva. The most common causes for eye discharge are allergic conjunctivitis, viral conjunctivitis and bacterial conjunctivitis. An eye discharge that is thick or colored commonly indicates a bacterial infection.

What are the symptoms of an eye discharge?
Symptoms often associated with an eye discharge are eye swelling, eye redness, and eye pain. Bacterial infection of the conjunctiva will often cause a colored and sticky eye discharge.

How does the doctor treat an eye discharge?
Treatment for an eye discharge include antibiotic eyedrops or ointment.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Eye Discharge References
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