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    Wink Eyes will not open in the morning.

    My Hospital Consultant suggesed that "Blepharits " may be the cause of my dry eyes, but I do not have any inflammation around my lashes or red irritable lid margins or itchyness. My main problem is dry eyes and I am unable to open my eyes after I have been sleeping.

    I have spoken to many people with a dry eye problem but nobody else seems to have the problem of not being able to open their eyes after sleeping. Also after I have been reading or watching TV my eyes go very dry and start to close and I then find it very difficult to keep them open while I apply my gel.

    Does anyone else have this same problem of not being able to open their eyes after sleeping. I hope someone will be able to come up with some suggestions for me. I have had this problem now for over twelve months. It started in my right eye. That lasted for about six months but now it has gone to both eyes.

  2. hi Janet,

    Try applying (gently squirting) some drops along your lashline before you try opening your eyes. Let it seep in a little to moisten your eyes. I suspect your lids are sticking to your eyes. It takes a little practice to do this but keep a bottle of drops next to your bed and soon you will learn to grab them and use them before opening your eyes. I'm the lazy sort and just keep a glass of plain old water on my nightstand, dip my finger in and moisten my lashline. Just enough to ease my eyes open and instill drops.
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    Eyes that won't open in the morning

    When I first realized I had a dry eye problem, this happened to me every morning. It was horrible! My eyes were always terribly sore and my vision was so bad, I thought I must be going blind. My eyelids actually stuck to my eyeballs and I would tear the epithelium when I opened them. Then I would have pain for days as they healed. I was at my eye doctor weekly and he never figured out what was happening, until he referred me to a specialist. Now, I use GenTeal at night and put drops in first thing even before opening my eyes completely (and dumped the bad eye doctor). This has helped a lot. Though sometimes, I know I am not closing my right eye completely at night and that eye is always more of a problem in the morning. Not sure how to prevent that.

    Keep the drops at your bedside like Cindy suggested. My first choice in the morning is Systane then NutraTear throughout the day.

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    Not closing eye completely

    Gaye - I think there was a big discussion about that on D'eyealogues. Some people used a special kind of tape and actually taped their eye shut at night. Others bought a nightime sleep mask - I think in the beauty section - and used that. Perhaps you could find that thread??

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcorbett
    Gaye - I think there was a big discussion about that on D'eyealogues. Some people used a special kind of tape and actually taped their eye shut at night. Others bought a nightime sleep mask - I think in the beauty section - and used that. Perhaps you could find that thread??
    Here is the D'Eyealogues thread (it's long, but it's a good one).

    I used seran wrap during pregnancy, and occasionally since then.
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    To get through the night I keep a humidifier running all night (even in summer!) and I wear a sleep mask. I know the mask helps keep my eyes shut. I tried taping for a while, but it was pretty awful. I ripped out a lot of lashes and had trouble when I needed to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom or to tend to my kids. In addition, when my eyes have been at their worst, I've literally set an alarm and instilled my choice of drops in my eyes...sometimes as often as three times a night. It always helped my morning go better.

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    Smile Keeping eyes closed at night

    Thanks for all the good suggestions. I will look for a sleep mask - taping seems like it could be a problem - hate to lose the few eye lashes I have left!

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    Plus

    you will get little red spots over your cheekbone from ripping the tape off. I taped my lids shut awhile back when I was having more than the usual trouble.

    One day I noticed this "rash" across my cheeks. Well, duh.........it wasn't a rash, it was irritated skin from pulling off the tape. What can I say? Years of dry eyes makes one ditty sometimes.
    Don't trust any refractive surgeon with YOUR eyes.

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    Smile Not closing eyes at night

    Do you think eye doctors have special 'eyelid' tape?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaye
    Do you think eye doctors have special 'eyelid' tape?
    If they do, I hope it's better than the one the laser clinic gave me years ago to tape the eye guard in place the first days after surgery. It was dreadful, left my cheeks feeling irritated and sticky for days, couldn't get the darned stuff off.
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    Eyelid tape

    Ouch! Think I will just get the eye mask!

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    I easily found at a drugstore a medical tape that was...I don't know the terminology it stated...but a "minimal stick" type tape. It actually worked pretty well and I don't recall residual glue on my skin. I did, however, lose some brow and lash. It did prevent me from having to have my eyebrows waxed, which was convenient...

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    Talking To Diana re: Eyes not closing at night

    That's funny! Now where do you suppose one could go for eyelash implants?

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    That sounds as frightening as LASIK. Recently someone tried to talk me into permanent eyeliner since I can no longer wear makeup. Upon discussing the procedure, I realized it was as crazy a notion as crummy LASIK. No more unnecessary eye procedures for me, thanks! Learn to like those bald eyelids...pretend you're starting a new fad.

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    To Diana - re: permanent eyeliner

    I was actually stupid enough to do that a few years ago and often wonder if that had something to to with my dry eye problem. It has been many years and it has since faded away, but you have to wonder - needles that close to the oil glands?

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    Yikes. I've never heard of any permanent complications with it, but yeah, I guess needles at the site of the oil glands...sounds like trouble. I recall my friend telling me that when one has this "tattooing" done on the eyelid, there is a lot of swelling and discomfort involved for a few days. Also, I guess some people have allergic reactions to the dye or something. Naturally, my post-LASIK, conservative, "no-more-unnecessary-surgeries" self can't imagine why anyone would want to endure such a thing. But, again, my pre-LASIK self might have seen things very differently.

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    Girls.........

    Let's just stay with the bald eyelids. I thought after lasik for the very first time in my life that I may be able to wear mascara or eyeliner. Pfffffft.

    Now, I have no lashes. The thought of putting eyeliner near my eyes just doesn't sound worth it, lashes or not. Mostly I'm satisfied if I can keep my eyes open for an hour at a time. Someone at work had her eyelids tatooed with eyeliner. I thought it looked nice, but damn, I just would never go there now.
    Don't trust any refractive surgeon with YOUR eyes.

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  18. wouldn't be prudent

    Tear film and ocular surface abnormalities after eyelid tattooing.

    Kojima T, Dogru M, Matsumoto Y, Goto E, Tsubota K.


    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/q...&dopt=Abstract
    Abstract:
    A 45-year-old woman who underwent eyelid tattooing 20 years earlier presented with decreased left vision and eye discomfort. Her ocular history revealed an uneventful LASIK procedure 4 years previously with epithelial problems of the flap followed by S. aureus keratitis. Resultant corneal opacity necessitated a deep lamellar keratoplasty performed 9 months prior to admission followed by frequent epithelial problems. At the time of admission, her left eye had a corneal epithelial defect and both lower eyelid margins revealed subepidermal pigmentation and keratinization. Her initial examination revealed tear instability with increased ocular surface staining scores and advanced tear film lipid layer abnormality in both eyes. Meibography showed bilateral total meibomian gland dropout. Treatment with autologous serum eye drops resulted in full epithelialization. Meibomian gland disease-specific therapy did not result in any change in breakup time, vital staining scores, tear film lipid layer interferometry grades, or glandular dropout state.
    Cindy

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    I wanna be sick.

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    better than tape

    I cut the leg off of an old soft Nancy Gantz? body shaper (thigh length). I use the bottom couple of inches, fits nicely around my head and over my eyes with a little pressure...It was keep your eyes completely closed and at times the pressure is a relief (during those rest periods to re-group)...My R eye is much worse and I have even stretched it to only cover that eye and keep going with my L. Haven't tried the "Pirate Patch" from the drug store.....I think we need an "artful" line of new-improved patches.....something for a little comic relief.....tiny eye-bumper stickers....silly ones to lift our mood......not those black ones that match our mood!

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    I cut the leg off of an old soft Nancy Gantz? body shaper (thigh length).
    I believe she is talking about a panty girdle. Quite innovative! lol

    Omy, you can buy eye patches in the form of a band-aid type thingie. I have some which are made for kids. You'd find them in the band aid/bandage/tape section. You'd use it for one day, or part of a day and pitch. I have a pirate's patch you buy in the drug store. It's bulky and cumbersome. It might be better for a guy, who wants to look macho.
    Don't trust any refractive surgeon with YOUR eyes.

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    My husband bought me the pirate patch once thinking it would work for me and I laughed at it. It ended up in my kid's costume box and resurfaces now and again when my boyish daughter dresses up like Captain Hook. I must say, however, that I am intrigued by the thigh/girdle idea. I can see how that could work well. Maybe I could wear one girdle over my eyes and another in the opposite direction to prevent a double chin! Gosh I learn so much here.

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    Dang!

    Diana, you are a hotshot on the ideas! Not a bad idea. If you need an old girdle.......don't bother buying one. Let me know.
    Don't trust any refractive surgeon with YOUR eyes.

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    My funny little story on this subject..

    Okay, we need a comedy night for all of us on this website. I just want to sit there and have Diana and Lucy perform. You two never fail to make me laugh!

    Anyway, this thread reminded me of something that happened to me when all my problems started. I know we all may have had different eye guards given to us after out lasik surgery..mine were these two, clear, plastic cylinder patches that were taped and went from my eyebrows to almost my cheekbones. I was terrified of scratching my eyeballs so I got very used to wearing these devices (yes, I lost tons of my eyebrows and had red marks all over my cheeks, but I didn't care).

    Anyway, I went home to Virginia for Christmas and was staying at my sisters house which is all glass on one side and faced the water (even more light and reflections). I realized that if I kept the patches on for a while when I was awake it was actually very soothing and kept all the bright lights off my eyes. Well, my sister goes to work very early so we rarely ran into each other. One morning though I was stumbling upstairs to the kitchen (she has a 3-level house, guest room on bottom, kitchen in middle, her bedroom upstairs)...I was only half awake in search of coffee. Well, I was rounding the corner to the kitchen when she popped out of nowhere. I screamed because I hadn't seen her, she had heard me coming but screamed when she saw me in all of my patched eye glory. She then took a second look and just burst out laughing. Honestly, I was kind of pissed, but she kept laughing and before I knew it we were both laughing so hard we were on the floor with tears coming out of our eyes!

    I know it sounds like such a simple story, but I remember truly being at my worst. It was all still so fresh and new and I was still trying to come to terms with the pain and the tragedy of what had happened...that morning of laughter and tears was a break through for me. All because of those clear plastic shields that I had become so fond of! I swear I wore them for almost 2 months because my eyes just felt so much better with them on at night and I felt so "protected" during the day with them. I would probably still wear them if all that tape hadn't been so bothersome!

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    Kyle, funny story! It helps to recall funny things happening, even if they are tragic.

    You know, you can get the same results with swimming goggles? They aren't very comfortable though. But I've worn my swim goggles in the house many times during bad eye times. I also tape one eye shut a lot. One bad week, I kept it taped shut most of the time. Finally, I had stripped the skin off my cheek where the tape had been. I looked as though I had a big shiner.

    I use adhesive patches made for the eye now when I want to patch one eye. I am just more careful taking it off.

    I have two sisters, so I know the dynamics in play during the the time you were wearing your "bug eyes."
    Don't trust any refractive surgeon with YOUR eyes.

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