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Keeping Eyelids Shut

Discussion in 'Optometry' started by positivepsych, Mar 3, 2007.

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  1. positivepsych

    positivepsych Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 25, 2005
    When I sleep at night, my eyelids remain a little open, which causes me to have extremely dry eyes when I wake up. I've tried eye drops, and even the preservative-free Liquidgels which are supposed to last longer, and it still doesn't help.

    I was wondering if there are other solutions to this problem. Perhaps taping eyelids shut with a 3M Transpore-like material? How do optometrists deal with this problem?
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  3. IndianaOD

    IndianaOD 2+ Year Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    You should see an good Optometrist. You should be evaluated on the severity of you dry eye before anything. They may Rx a moisture shield, taping, or thick gel, but you really should be seen. If its bad enough they may send you for a surgical consult.
  4. SightIsPrecious

    SightIsPrecious 2+ Year Member

    Dec 29, 2006

    Applying preservative-free ointment before bed (like Refresh PM ung) and wearing an eyemask when you sleep. It also helps to lubricate eyes frequently during the day and take nutritional supp such as omega III capsules for dryness.

    Hope this helps!
  5. EyeBaller

    EyeBaller SUNY-O Class of 2008 2+ Year Member

    Jul 25, 2006
    Ditto the Refresh Pm or Lacrilube at night.. Just put a line of ointment on your lower lid before you sleep..

    But I agree with the other poster.. if it's getting bad, see an OD to get more advice.
  6. r_salis

    r_salis SDN Supa-Mod Emmetrope Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Feb 7, 2002
    In a dark room
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