Discharge coming from the eye can sometimes be painful and unsightly. Discharge from the eye may be caused by a number of different things, but no matter what it is from, if it's a green or yellow discharge, you should seek a diagnosis or treatment from an optometrist before it worsens and causes problems with your eyesight. Your eyes are an important organ and provide you with a sense you don't want to take a chance on losing. Read on for causes of eye discharge.

Pink Eye

Eye discharge can be caused by an eye infection. An infection such as pink eye should be treated right away before it worsens. Pink eye can spread easily from one person to the next, as it can be easily transferred by germs and bacteria. This is why washing hands is extremely important, especially if you've been around someone that has an eye infection. With smaller children, try to keep their hands clean and have them keep their fingers out of their eyes.

Over-Wearing Contact Lenses

If you're wearing contact lenses, then you know that you shouldn't over-wear them. They need to be cleaned properly and should never be worn to bed unless they are made to be worn that way. When you're at home relaxing, take out your lenses and put them away into a clean lens container. This will help give your eyes a break and enable them to "breathe" without lenses covering your eyes. Wear your eyeglasses whenever you can to give your eyes a chance to take a break and prevent eye infections. When cleaning your lenses, be sure to use contact lens solution and rub them gently in the palm of your hand. Only use contact lens solution, don't use tap water or anything else to clean your lenses.

Wound To The Eye

You could have a wound to your eye that is causing your eye discharge. If you have a scratch on your cornea or the white of your eye due to something being in your eye, it could cause discharge if the wound gets infected and isn't treated properly. If you end up with something in your eye and feel pain in the eye, you need to see an optometrist for treatment.

Eye discharge, no matter what it was caused by, should be treated by an optometrist to help prevent further eye health issues. If the discharge is green or yellow or persists for more than a few days, seek a diagnosis and treatment from the optometrist.

For more information, contact an optometry clinic like Cohen's Fashion Optical.