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I have an addiction to picking eye crusties. Mine, my boyfriend's, and I used to (gently) pick my cat's out when I lived at home every morning. I don't like it so much when it's still gooey, but it feels really good to pick it off when it's dried.
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Hi.. My name is Adam.. and I'm an eye-picker. (Hi, Adam!) .... lol

No, really, though, this habit is killing me. I'm a very good looking person... I've always been told I have awesome eyes. But I started picking the crusties out like 6 years ago and haven't stopped.

I've tried a few things --> Putting shit on my fingers to make it sting (but that just made more crusties to get out later.. fun fun!).. Tried punching the shit out of my leg every time I caught myself (people thought I finally lost it)...

SOOOO.. now, I'm on a mission... for me.. for us.. and I need your help. First off, I want to examine when it started.

For me, I was doing methamphetamine (snorting it) and that would make big nasty stringies in my eye... picking them out was a relief, so it became a habit. I've long since quit the drug, but the habit hasn't gone away. I've noticed I do it most when I'm watching TV.. when I get stoned.. gets worse at night.. and the most I tell myself to stop, it seems to only increase the problem.

The rest of you have expressed a lot of attributes to this habit that I also possess.. such as "it gets worse at night" .. "i think it's OCD" .. "i like getting the stringies out" .. "i don't like not being about to control myself" and, until today, I thought I was all alone with this problem. I'm finally determined to do something about this, so here it is.

I need to hear from (hopefully) ALL of you... Direct contact is fine if you prefer not to post on here. For that, my email is deeESS at hotmail dot com. Otherwise, post on here anything you think in association with picking your eyes, when it started, and when it's worse. I think that, together, we can find the root of this and come up with a powerful solution.
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@: deeESS
Hi Adam & all fellow eye-pickers!! LOL I too have fallen victim to the obsessive addiction of what we have "coined" the "eye-picking" phenomena!! I couldn't believe it when I stumbled across this site with the accounts of many alike!! Though I guess it's to be expected when you Google it right! Yes the problem seems worse at night, though the day isn't what I'd call an improvement, I think at night mainly because I'm more bored. I used to do it ALOT when I was studying, which was obviously boring and perhaps stressful. I feel that I'm a somewhat restless type of person, always need to be doing something, usually have insomnia, get stressed easily etc I don't recall exactly when I first started, so I can't really pin-point a specific event or trigger. I can only "guesstimate" that I was around 15 because I remember an Aunt telling me to "stop doing that to my eye!!". I didn't even notice but obviously I had been doing it habitually, enough to draw her attention!! Then a different Aunt said one day as I sat on the couch oblivious to the fact, "Oh my gosh! You STILL do that?!" I was a little taken aback, I thought, Oh my gosh, I never realised, I guess I do. Well, that was 15 years ago, and guess what, I STILL do!! and I can't stop. I do remember the sensation (eeeewww sounds sooo weird) when I picked my first string, it felt tickly and weird and I wanted to do it again .... and again ... and again!! Now look, addicted. It IS embarrassing and I avoid doing it in public or in front of work colleagues. It also leaves my eyes looking unsightly and I always use eye drops. Funny thing is the eye drops seem to create yet more eye jelly - yes Adam fun fun!! I need to stop, I think I can, but then I read peoples comments and see the problem seems to perpetuate forever! Which leaves me wondering, is there really hope?
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Hi eyejellies I cant beleive im on here but my eyes are a mess with the eye jelly strings I pull them out all day long all the way up til I go to bed I do it while im driving watching tv etc
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@: deeESS
I have the same prob with my eyes
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does anyone else stick their eye strings onto mirrors?
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Yes I do. Mirrors and on my phone. I even put it on my lips and feel it around. Altho I hateeeeee if it gets in my mouth by mistake ewww taste horrid
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Mirrors & lips omgggg a Long one on your lips is great !!!
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yes i do!!!! don't worry your not the only weirdo!!! lol!!!!
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Anonymous
that's kind of gross.
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Be careful.you don't want that to get out of hand, or you'll end up like me! I started out being addicted to picking eye "strings"(only mine though)That led to eye infections, one right after the other.Now I'm going to the eye docter at least once a week,because, of course with infection comes LOTS of stuff to have to get out of your eye. I'm currently on 2 antibiotics,wearing a contac lense bandage,and have no eyelashes on one eye. I'm absolutely MISERABLE!!!The doc told me last visit that he was concerned, because the eye socket could get infected, and potentially cause death!That scared me for a couple of hours. Then right back to picking the underside of my eyelid.....for hours at a time!!!! I'm too embarrassed to tell him the whole truth.So whenever you pick your crusties,remember,crusties are the "gateway" eye habit. Anybody have any advice for me besides "quit touching your eye?" or "shoot yourself?"
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I too, am addicted to pulling out the gunk in my eyes. I've been doing it since I was 12 and I'm not 30 years old. I do it every day all day long. Every night my eyes are swollen and blood shot. It's terrible. I can't stop. Have you ever tried to stop?

I know this sounds crazy but I was trying to think of a way from block my hands to getting to my eyes. For example, maybe putting on elbow braces or something. I seriously don't know what else to do. It causes me so much stress and I don't want to go blind!
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How what ur dr told u is scary is hell and I to cant seem to stop picking this out my eyes it drives me crazy most of the time but sometime I pick my eyes and its not even there yet
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This is called mucus fishing sydrome. look it up. it is an OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder)

addicted to picking mucus strings from eyeballs

it's a picking disorder that can manifest into eye picking/face picking/eyelash picking etc.

good luck everyone. i know how u all feel. i have had this since my teenage years. i am now 28 and still going!
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I cannot believe other people are suffering through this as well. I too have had this habit since I was a teen and am now 36! Sometimes I feel like I just cannot stop. Often times when I pull the strings out I take a moment to look at it to see how long they are... then I feel compelled to do it again to find another one. Its almost as though it feels good when pulling them out. Does that make sense to anyone else? Has anyone taken med's for it? I was doing searches for this and it seems as though its an OCD...
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@: alison
My boyfriend gets to mad at me haha i started to get paranoid that i would get infected and go blind so i told him to help me by hitting my arm everytime i did it haha.. but then i just kept jabbing my eye and getting mad at him..
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omg! i can't actually belive that i not the only one doing this to my eyes! i understand about the fact that it kind of feels good everytime you pull out a bit of eye string which makes you want to continuosly do it again and again until my eyes are blood shot and sore. ive seen my gp about it and he just gave me eye drops and dismissed it as an 'eye infection' but i think i have a case of OCD. someone please help me as im 17 years old and have been doin it for a couple of years already, and by the sounds of it this will carry on for the rest of my life unless i get help
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Holy crap. I do this, too. And I'm always getting weird looks from people when I do it (I pull my bottom lid out and scoop out the goodies that live there). I started doing it when I used to wear contacts and suddenly was able to touch my eyelids without pain or discomfort. Then my eyes became too dry for contacts, and the gooeys multiplied.

I don't eat it.

I'm also a recovering alcoholic and pick scabs a bit. Hello OCD!

I don't think there is any shame in this - but it is good that we all want to stop, since it isn't healthy.
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caz
im glad im not alone, but need a cure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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WoowA. Ok so Ive been doing it for yeearrs (probably since i came out the womb) and my mothers always been telling me that i could go blind. Ive tried to stop and all that but....im still doing it so thats how much it worked. She saw me doing it today and I decided to see if I could actually go blind from it. Thats when i came upon this site. I always thought that i was just weird and that probably only ONE other person in the world did it along with me Im glad to know that Im not. And I also did not know that its an OCD, but now i need help..

I know that washing your face can bring them out so that you dont have to pick at your eye, like in the mornings are best. But all the time that dose not seem to work that great...
I also try putting chemicals on my finger tips so that i WONT put them in my eyes, but then i just end up using my wrist soo....yea

Another thing that helps me stop ( at least for a while) is when i see older ladies (like really old) come to my store with their eys sockets hung down really low where you can see the red in their eye. Yea that definitely helps out. But i need like an definet and sure way of stopping.
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Wow!! I thought I was a total one off freak im so relieved to find other eye pickers out there lol! I started with my first ever "string" when I was 15 and am now 26 and am desperate to stop as it leaves my eyes looking baggy and wrinkly which is ageing! It gets worse at night, I try to stop myself but I just end up doing it without thinking, sometimes in the mornings I cannot blink without drops when I first wake up as they are so dry.

Interesting that some think it's an OCD, as my hubbie often thinks I have OCD as I clean alot and all my ornaments and belongings have to be stacked "just so" I wonder if it's the compulsive streak thats stopping me from kicking the habit.

Anyhoo, if anyone had managed to find a way to kick it, do share!
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@: cmk82
I pick the stringy mucous out of my right eye and can't stop! I don't know where the gunk came from but I've tried going to eye doctors/surgeons, eye drops and oitnments, even wore a patch at night. I still pick at my eye and it's driving me insane! But I also enjoy it when I actually get stuff out of the eye. Help me!
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ashleychan94
Just not other people's. I look at them and it bugs me and I want to, but I don't actually do it....lol
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It's weird, because I just happened on this website. I have been doing it for a couple of years now, and I have thought about quitting everyday since then. i totally have OCD about it, because not only do i pick at my own eyes, i pick at my cats and dogs. I even have an urge to do it to people sometimes, but on myself it feels good. REALLY good. And yes, i do measure it under lights and save it until later. Anyway, I don't know why i pick at animals eyes, because it's not like i can feel it for them, but i get a certain satisfaction doing it. I don't do it roughly, but if i see they have crusty eyes, i'll "clean" them. UGH!
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Holy crap! I thought I might be the only one. I started doing it a few years back when I got contact lenses. Now I'm a full fledged eye goober freak. I try not to do it at work but once in a while I'm pulling out the pocket mirror and picking in my eyes at my desk. It seems almost like a-OK this is disturbing-a planting and harvesting of eye goo. I start to pick one out and my eyes get irritated and then there's more. It's such a satisfying feeling to get a good one out. I wear eye make up and the eye make up just magnifies the eyes goobers and makes them easier to find. Oh, I know I am sick. I do it on weekends at home in the bathroom...I go in there, it gets quiet and my boyfriend comes knocking at the door.."stop messing with your eyes!" I'm all.."I can't help it there's something in my eye!" Yea...it's a stringy eye booger that I created and I'm going to great lengths to pick it out now. Oh yeah..I could be working on artistic endeavors, completing college credits, or volunteering to help those in need, but no.. I spend my weekends in the mirror picking eye goobers out of my eyes. Gross but true. The only scary thing that's happened (other than the loss of dignity) is my eyeball almost coming out of my head onto my face! I was pulling my eyelid way up so I could see in there and I was getting a goober out of the top lid and all of a sudden the top eyelid slipped over my eye and - oh my freaking god - my eye almost popped out of the socket. I was scared straight for a couple of days and then I was back to the string pulling but more careful for a while. I know it's making me look older... I scrinch up my face in order to get a good look at something in my eye all the time. I really thought I might be alone in all this. Is it really an OCD thing? I see it more of a something I can control in a world that's so out of my control thing..oh damn..I guess that might be the whole ocd thing? Well I guess I'm not alone. It's a crazy world we're living in. Ya know..I really prefer it being weird though...If it weren't for differences in people we wouldn't have the theory of relativity, most art, most music and most of what we know about science...most scientists are known for their social ineptitude....I'm not that brilliant but I AM socially inept. Let's hope I find my reason for being who/what I am. There's got to be a reason.
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When u say ur eyelid fell over ur eye and ur eye almost came out did u mean that for real
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wow..I'm so glad I stumbled upon this site. I've been doing this for as long as I can remember, I'm currently 25. Mine weren't about the stringy-ness, I love how big they can be. From when I was about 8, I'd pick them out and view them like a trophy and then secretly wipe it somewhere to continue looking at until it dries. Typing that out makes me feel so weird! When you become dehydrated, your body is compensating and making your eyes rewet themselves and I wait till they are really cloudy and put my opposite wrist or back of hand up to my eye and press. Out comes a giant gob that I just stare at. I've done this for hours on end to where my eyes also get swollen and bloodshot,and everyone notices that I always touch my eyes; so I can never wait to be near a mirror to lift up my eyelid and pull out gobs of eye boogers. It has to definitely be a type of self-satisfaction or OCD type habit....but why do we enjoy it???
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hi I am an up and coming eye picker and am very "jelly" of all your joys and i am also a brother to a very serious eye picker and wish to share the joys of this as it looks fun but my sister refuses to show me the ways of the eye picking greats so i am asking all the eye pickers out there to please give me some tips on getting started cheers look forward to picking soon ;)
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METHOSjr.
YOU CAN SELL THAT STUFF IN VOODOO SHOPS. JUST DO NOT TRY THAT ON THE HOGUN.
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So ya'll do the samething Huh? I hate it now, i've been doing it since i was 16 and now im 20. I really need help to stop.. My eyes hurt and now there soo sensetive! If a doctor or and body who knows about this and can help brake the habbit please do so.. I'm going to try to stop staring right now.

Just think of the worst that can happen if you keep it up maybe that should help a bit.

good luck ya'll
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I started eye picking when I was 8 years old and am now 32. I never knew of anyone else doing this so I just thought I had an allergy to make up and dust in the air. It is much worse when I am around cats as they seem to irritate my eyes. I am starting to think this is an OCD issue because I just cannot stop and most of the time don't realize I am doing it. I also twirl my hair and get frustrated if there is loose hair on me or even within my hair. I started my hair issue when I was age 6 in first grade with pulling my hair out. I stopped actually pulling my hair out thank goodness, but transferred the need to just loose hairs. I have never seen a doctor about these issues and probably won't. Why spend money on something that seems mentally controlled? My eye picking and hair twirling are noticeably worse when my stress is high. At least I don't smoke or abuse alcohol. That's how I look at it, or maybe that is just a way to feel that what I am doing is ok.
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Yes! There are other people who do this too! I have really sensitive eyes and aalwaays have to pick the strings out, and when I wake up I can't see from the dryness so I have to rinse my eyes with water. It's really strange, I've been doing it for 3 years and can't stop!
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are you not really worried about it though? my eyes always feel straint from it but that still doesn't stop me. i don;t even think its stress related because im picking my eyes all day everyday and i'm not stressed all the time. my main worry is that my eyes will get infected or someting similar. please help someone!
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i also have the bad habit of pulling out eye strings/boogers. it feels good when i pull the strings out as well. : (
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ashleychan94
Me too.
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i have been picking my eyes since i was 17. i am now 43. my only concern is other people. both my ex husband of 15 years and my current husband were/are totally annoyed by my eye picking. my kids always tell me to stop. my friends will make comments about it. i had my 4 year old grandson in the car with me and i was picking my eye, out of the blue he yelled "dont pick ya eye". Now everyone in my family will mimick him when i start picking my eyes. i cant stop, i really dont want to because sometimes it is a stress relief for me. yes, sometimes i go to far and think i am going to hurt myself or cause damage, but in all these years i have never had an infection or anything more than irritation. i wish i didnt do it only because it really is something i cant stop doing and i dont like feeling like i dont have control of myself. And I dont like irritating my friends and family.
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The earliest I remember picking my eye strings was when I was 10 years old... i'm now 20. I've been picking my eye everyday since then, and everyone tells me to stop. I haven't got any eye infections, but I have developed eye floaters.. those little black dots that form in your eyes due to the gel in your eyes getting moved around or something, it's more common in older people.

The only success i've really had with quitting was just trying not to agitate my eye so much. I've tried not touching my eye directly as much as I could while I tried to maneuver the string out. But sometimes after picking for so long I feel absolutley compelled to dig in my eye fool force to get all the strings out because it feels good and I would feel aweful leaving perfectly good strings in my eyes :P

I would LOVE to quit... but I don't know how.
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i began pulling out eye strings around the age of 10. it happened by accident the first time. i was just simply rubbing my eye, felt a gooey string, and pulled it out. since then, i have been pulling out eye strings. (i am 23 now). there is something about pulling out the eye strings that feels good. i also check to see how long they are. i even stick them on the bathroom mirror (now always though). now that is weird. it is a horrible habit. i'll stop for a few days and then do it once , and continue again. i really NEED to stop doing this to my poor eyes!!!!
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i started pulling out strings by accident, while wearing contact lenses when I was 16, and I am now 36 years old. the tickly feeling, and the look ofhow long or thick they are. I thought i was alone, and now know tha i am not.

i am concerned about possible medical problems. i also sometimes pluck my eyelashes, and then the eye lashes gets into the eye goop, and then i have to pull them out.

i rub my eyes sometimes from allergies, and then whe dirt gets in my eye, that also makes me go in my eye. i have been in my eye up to hours at a time, and have felt certain head pains, or even stomach pains.

Anyone know if their could be medical problems resulting from years of picking in your eye? that is my main concern. I am a new MOM, and so, I have learned to do it allot less, and just put drops in my eyem and just close my eyes. Being a new parent, you lose lots of sleep, so my only advice would be to just try and close your eyes, although it depends on your reasons for picking in your eyes. Other than it being a habit, I mainly do it now, because it's irritated or something is in it.

If anyone has info on medical risks, I would appreciate it, and I wish myself, and all of you luck with stopping this bad habit.
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i meant to type *not* always though, i used to a lot. but now much less.
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I was just having this problem, I think it happens more when my sinuses act up. I have allergies which aggravates the sinuses. It's like when I pull out the parts that are I guess where the sinuses are I feel less pressure.

I know, I should probably just be taking Sudafed instead, but it kind of is a thing I don't really recognize I'm doing. I mean I do recognize it but once I start I can't stop.

I have been reading a book called Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight about sensory defensiveness. They recommended that maybe people with sensory defensiveness could use a sensory treatment or kit, through working with an Occupational Therapist. I'm thinking trying that might help with this issue.

I also have been prescribed Zoloft which while it helps depression, also helps OCD, so I may have some OCD. I do remember doing more repetative behaviors when I was in high school, where I was very stressed.

Also peecola I admit I do eat the strings afterwards, although thinking about it makes me nauseas. I mean, I'm just saying this in case someone else thinks they're the only one and think "OMG people will think I'm super gross if they knew I did this!" to help them feel they're not alone. I mean, I personally feel it's gross, I guess maybe I'll stop doing it now.

It's weird, it's like I have no idea why I would even want to eat the strings. Maybe it's something from back when people were like caveman, and some sort of primative survival thing or something. Seriously I have no clue, and I don't talk about it with my psychatrist cause they might think I'm getting worse with self injury or something. The whole thing is quite awkward to try and understand. Yes, I am over thinking this, and stop now I will lol.
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I'm SOOO glad to know I'm not the only one. I started around age 8 and I'm now 27. I can usually get through the day ok (only because I'm way too ashamed to have my coworkers see this habit), but the minute I'm at home winding down or watching TV, my hands are at my eyes again. It's especially bad right before falling asleep. I have this weird compulsion to see how far the strings can "stretch". I once got one to be about 10 inches. I've noticed my eyes look 10 years older than they should, and I'm afraid I'm really screwing myself up. I've wanted to get help, but how do you explain this to a psychologist or psychiatrist? I have other issues I'm not ashamed of, but this one feels SOOO shameful and embarrassing.
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as everyone has said here, i thought i was the only one. in fact just now, i got done picking the **** out of my eyes so much, i am sitting here sore. I get a really weird sense of pleasure when i'm pulling out long gooey strings, the tickly feeling i get when it slowly releases from under my lid is almost orgasmic to me. i seriously cannot function if it feels like i have a big gooey string that needs pulling out. but seriously i need to stop. i have probably wasted weeks of my life in front of a mirror searching for them, im becoming a slave to my ocd. it's terrible and i need help! i have been doing it for three years, and I swear my eyes are getting saggier by the day.
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I started doing this like a little less than a year ago; I'm not as bad about it as some of you but I'm not normal! Usually I don't do it in public unless there's one that obstructs my vision. But then when I am home, EVERY time I go to the bathroom I first go to the mirror and spend like five minutes picking at my eyes. And then I use the toilet, wash my hands, and pick my eye again for another 2 or 3 minutes. EVERY TIME! Less often I will just sit in my room alone picking at my eyes for a little while.

At first I just picked at the corner (the tear duct area) of my eyes when I first woke up. Then I started doing this more often; then I started picking under my bottom eyelid; and eventually the top lids too. It's annoying because I waste so much time doing this. My family doesn't know I have this issue so they have no idea why I spend ten minutes in the bathroom each time. Plus it's a vicious cycle: the more you do it, the more strings there are, the more you need to do it!

I don't have any other OCD type symptoms. It's not an anxiety/stress related thing for me either. It's just... habit. I'm just relieved that I'm not completely alone!
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I used to think it was just me with this terrible habit. I just feel gunk there and have to get it out, but I have injured an eye for a day or two.
It hasn't been to bad lately, but just splashing cool water will help instead of picking.

It all started wearing black liner on the water line of my eye. It would gunk up in the corner irritating my eyes and it felt like a relief to pull it out. then it became a life time terrible habit.
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JustBoringOldMe
Glad to know im not the only one, as stated above so many times haha. Well it really only started last year, when i started putting eyeliner on my waterline, and i realized at night my eye gunk was black, so i pulled it out and it was stringy, the feeling was so great that every night i would search for the black gunk in my eye. It has become such a bad habbit, i would often do it in the morning as soon as i wake up, and coming home from school i would freaquently do that. Only my left eye would became bloodshot though, and both would be sore. I started wondering if it is healthy because your fingers harbour so much bateria. I dont want this to carry on, any tips on stoping?
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I've been picking at my eyes and eyelashes trying to remove all the crust and constantly rubbing them after, all day and night. I don't know what any of you mean by "strings" but then again, I guess that means I'm not as bad off. But some day maybe... Anyway, I'm trying to quit. I've started wearing glasses and goggles so I'm more aware of my eyes and when I'm touching them so as to stop myself because usually I'm completely unaware when I'm doing it and catch myself. I wish you all luck with your eye picking and um.. I'm glad I'm not alone :p
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Which came first, the eye picking or the OCD?

I get the eye strings that feel soooo good to just peel out from under my eye lid. I like when I get the double deckers, a string on the top and bottom AT THE SAME TIME! I get the good ones when I get out of the shower, specially when I have washed my face of the make up. Some nights after I get in bed ill feel one floating around under my eye lid when I try to sleep. I get that one out, and of course it felt so good. Then, I feel one in the other eye. OR instead of feeling one, I just try to get one out, knowing that putting my finger in my eye to get it will most likely produce one I can get in a couple of minutes. Then on the real sucky nights after a couple of rounds of that, one of my eyes will start to feel like I have an eye lash or a cut. I've gone to the mirror enough times for that to know that its just so badly irritated, there is a vain that is sticking out enough to irritate the inside of my eye lid. At that point I roll over and call it a night. This little ritual happens about 3 or 4 nights a week. Sometimes more often then others.

ALSO, when I go to the bathroom, after I wash my hands, I will only use one finger to touch things for a while. I can feel the grossness of whatever grossness that may be on the tip of that finger for a while. I wont use that finger to touch anything else accept for gross things. Like pushing open doors, flipping light switches. I NEVER use it as my eye picking finger. This is why when I get the strings out I hardly ever use my index fingers. I will and have resorted to the back of my hand, wrist, knuckle and KNEE (if i'm sitting down).

My daughter, boyfriend and I call them eye worms. My boyfriend and I were laying in bed a couple of evenings ago and I had one coming from under my bottom eye lid onto my bottom lash. I told him to look. He is kind of grossed out/interested/weirded out/intrigued by the whole thing. He grabbed it and pulled it out. His face was priceless.That made me laugh. It didn't gross him off TOO bad I guess because he did it again shortly after. Its not going to go any further than that. I will be asking for an infection/bacteria nightmare. No thanks.

I really am glad I am not the only one that gets these stringy gooey things in my eyes. Also im VERY glad I am not the only one who has made it such a big part our life. Even though its crazy, and weird and other people dont really understand.

My sister and brother do it sometimes. I'm sure they dont sit there doing it as often or OCD-ish, as I do, though.
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HI MY NAME IS "WALDO" AND I HAVE A EYE PICKING PROBLEM.....LOL....(eye booger anonymous) I cannot explain the joy i have in finding my long lost "eye picking" brothers and sisters! Lol! I thought i was the only one with this "habit" It began when i was 17 yrs old and Im thirty now. I saw my brother do it and was grossed out at first then some how got caught up in it too..i think i got hooked when i felt one come out and it felt SOOOO GOOOD. Lol! hooked since. Ive done everything! from measuring them and sticking them some where to see if they dried after a while..to flicking them and seeing how far they flew, to sticking them on the mirror
(this one cracked me up when i read here that somebody also did it) picking them out with your KNEE! O.M.G! I honestly will say that i have no intention of stopping...its to entertaining and it feels really good! I ALSO NOW HAVE NAMES:DOUBLE DECKER,EYE WORMS..ETC... Im sooo happy i ran into this website..i cant believe IM NOT ALONE ON THIS! KEEEEP PICKING!!!! LOL
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oh god, I have been picking eye goo/sleepy seeds/allergy conjunctivitis since i was in kindergarten. It started picking out my classmates eye goo, no one really remembers it, but I do. I remember some of my classmate's consistency of eye goo. I remember telling myself, stop touching it so you can get the thick sleepy seeds that everyone else seems to get. The eye goo picking started in high school, I use to put liquid eye make up in my eye so I could pick out the eye goo. I just love it, I can't even help it when it comes to my dog. I just gotta pick/take it out. My mother said you're obsessed with your dogs eyes, but how can I say, 'I need to pick the eye goo out of his eyes'.

My best eye picky ever, was when my best friend and I were doing homework. We were trying to make out paper look old with tea bags and burning the edges. I remember feeling the fattest eye goo in my left eye, but left it alone. Before I went to sleep at my friends house, I remember digging out the eye sleepy seed from my eye. It was the fattest eye booger I have ever dug out. I wish the consistency was thicker bc I would it would have lasted longer.

I love eye goo! I try to stop it, but I can't. First off, it irritates my eyes. And I feel a sense of satisfaction when i pick fat eye goos. I don't eat it, thats gross. I play with it until its' gone.
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This is NOT OCD! This is a medical condition called Blepharitis caused by the inflammation of the eyelids. I have it too and like all of you, I understand the pleasure of removing strings, as well as the pain and effects of touching our eyes. I wanted to share the solution with all of you. Here is a reliable source, WebMD, that describes it:

"Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids, usually caused by an excess growth of bacteria that is ordinarily found on the skin, blockage of the eyelid's oil glands, and occasionally allergies.

Blepharitis is a common eye condition, causing the eyelids to be reddened, itchy, and somewhat swollen and scaly-appearing at the base of the eyelashes. It is the most common cause of dry eyes. A dysfunction of the eyelid's oil glands that leads to blepharitis occurs because of a hormone imbalance.

The symptoms of blepharitis include:

Feeling like something is in your eye
Burning of the eye
Sensitivity to light
Red and swollen eyes or eyelids
Blurry vision
Dry eyes
Crusting of the eyelashes

How Is Blepharitis Treated?

Blepharitis cannot be cured. However, it can be treated and controlled through proper eyelid hygiene. Left untreated, blepharitis can cause more serious conditions such as scarring or injury to the eye's tissue. If you have blepharitis, take the steps listed below to help treat and cleanse your eye:

Take a clean washcloth and wet it in very warm water. Wring the washcloth and place it over the closed eyelids for five minutes. Re-wet as necessary to maintain desired temperature. This will help to soften crusts and loosen oily debris.
Place the warm, wet washcloth over the index finger and apply a diluted solution of 50% baby shampoo or mild soap.
Cleanse one eye at a time, closing the eye you are cleansing, and rubbing the washcloth or your finger over the eyelashes and lid margins several times using horizontal strokes.
Rinse thoroughly with a clean, warm, wet washcloth. Pat dry.

If the blepharitis is related to a problem with the oil glands, treatment may involve applying testosterone eye cream to the eyelids. Your doctor may also suggest a procedure known as LipiFlow, a 12-minute procedure that gently heats the clogged glands and applies mild pressure to “milk out” the unhealthy gland oils.


How Do I Prevent Blepharitis?

There are many everyday steps that you can take to prevent blepharitis. This includes removing all eye makeup before bedtime and not applying eyeliner on the back edges of the eyelids behind the eyelashes.

If you are in the early stages of treating blepharitis, avoid the use of eye makeup to prevent further irritation. Once you begin using makeup again, replace your products used in or near the eyelids because they may be contaminated."

The original link is, http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/blepharitis.

Please see your eye doctor ASAP and good luck!!!
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Does anyone eat the strings afterwards?
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