Dirty Eyes? Clean Them Up: The Importance of Good Eye Hygiene

Eye Care Pontiac, MI You know that you are supposed to shower- at least every other or every other, another day— and that you should brush your teeth both morning and night. One area of your life where you might not be as familiar with, however, is eye hygiene.

When you think about it, your eyes— just like any other part of your body— are supposed to be kept clean so that you don’t get an infection or get anything stuck in them, right? But how can you do so?

Remove Eye Makeup

Eye makeup that’s left on your eyelashes and eyelids can seep into your eyes and cause an eye infection. Additionally, if your eyelashes are weighted down too much by mascara, they are less likely to shield your eyes from dirt and wind.

If you’re a makeup wearer, one of the most important things that you should be doing is taking off your eye makeup every night before bed. To do so, try using a combination of eye makeup remover and washing your face with a gentle cleanser. The combination of these two things will help you get off all of the eye makeup for good.

Use a Warm Washcloth

Do you ever wake up in the morning with “sleepy dust” or “bugs” around your eyes? Whatever you call it, that mucus that’s around your eyes is usually just a combination of tears and oils that have accumulated around your eyes throughout the night. To wipe them off, all you have to do is apply a warm compress to your eyes and gently wipe them.

If, however, you are experiencing a lot of goop around your eyes when you wake up and they are red and itchy, you may have pink eye or another eye infection that will need to be looked at by a professional at Wilkinson Eye Center.

Ready to schedule your next eye appointment? Contact one of our offices today!

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