What are the lagañas? These cobwebs that appear in the eyes in the morning are a secretion produced by different glands that are found in the conjunctival mucosa, says the doctor José Luis Merino Saldaña, member of the Mexican Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology.
The human eye is surrounded by two types of conjunctiva: the bulbar, which surrounds the eyeball and the tarsal, which covers the eyelids on the inside.
"Both conjunctiva contain glands, which are responsible for the production of different elements, but one of them is mucus", which is what forms the laganes, detailed the specialist.
Merino Saldaña explains that when we wake up in the morning, it is normal to have a little whitish lameness, and not be associated with burning, itching or some other eye discomfort.
This type of mucus is "a layer of carbohydrates that protects our eyes and is beneficial for the nutrition of the surface of the eyepiece", emphasizes the doctor.
It also collects the dead skin cells of eyelashes, dust and other particles that can affect the eye, so we all must produce a bit of laughter.
However, the doctor José Luis Merino Saldaña ensures that if the discharge is abundant, purulent, yellow or greenish and is associated with burning and itching, it is most likely that it is a bacterial conjunctivitis.
This type of bacterial or viral infections occur frequently in the pediatric age (children and adolescents), by the contact of the eyes with dirty hands.
When this type of bacterial infection is registered, the lagaña should be removed from the outside with a cotton soaked in boiled and fresh water, without putting anything on the eyelids.
Do not forget to go with a specialist, who will give you an adequate diagnosis and the treatment that will help you to alleviate the symptoms that you present, as well as the bacterial infection. And you, have you had excess laughter in your eyes?