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Why Do We Get Eye Boogers?

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Categories: Biology   |   Health   |   Science  
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Do eye boogers play a crucial role in maintaining the overall health of our eyes, or are they just a gross inconvenience?

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"Blinking also helps the oily meibum and water tears mix together to form an emulsion called tear film. If you go for too long without blinking, the emulsion falls apart - oil and water don't like to mix - and your cornea could become exposed to air. At best that's uncomfortable - at worst, the chronic deterioration of the tear film could lead to a condition known as "dry eye" or, more technically, keratoconjunctivitis sicca."

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