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How to Use Moisture Goggles to Improve Dry Eye

Dry eye disease is a term used to describe a collection of afflictions including insufficient tear production, poor tear quality, itching, burning and redness of the eye, and other painful and irritating symptoms. Causes vary and can include overuse of television and other electronics with screens, ill-fitting contact lenses, derangements of the tear ducts, and several common disorders which prevent the eyelids from fully closing during sleep. For those currently suffering from dry eye, a moisturizing sleep mask or a set of sleep goggles could help alleviate that suffering.

 

What Do Moisturizing Goggles Do?

Moisture chamber goggles are fitted with foam contours to adhere perfectly to the face, creating a safe, non-abrasive seal to keep in moisture. All major brands are adjustable for fit, and the moisturizing pads inserted into the lenses can be sized and trimmed to accommodate the depth of the eye socket. The benefits they provide include:

  • Sealing eyes off from air and contaminants
  • Keeping the tear film intact overnight
  • Helping eyes stay closed during sleep
  • Preventing unconscious rubbing and scratching of the eyes during sleep

 

The delicate pressure exerted by a pair of well-fitted moisturizing goggles helps to fully close the eyes at night. This often helps your eyes function better during the day and may reduce or fully halt dry eye symptoms. By using sleep goggles regularly, you can manage your condition and improve your quality of life.

 

Which Brands Are Available?

There are several leading brands of dry eye sleep masks. Some of the best-known include:

 

  • TranquilEyes Chronic Dry Eye Hydrating Therapy Kit: This kit includes moisturizing pads, a pair of adjustable goggles, and other hydrating supplies.
  • Eye Love's Dry Eye Mask: This compress is very simple, and while it loses moisture at a faster rate than full sets of goggles, it’s much cheaper and less intrusive to wear.
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    Left untreated, dry eye can lead to abrasions of the cornea and may even cause some vision loss. Treatment may be relatively straightforward, but that’s no reason to delay seeking it or to deny yourself useful tools like a moisturizing sleep chamber for your itching, burning eyes. Consult with your eye doctor if you’re experiencing the symptoms of dry eye to find out if a moisturizing sleep mask can help. Have you ever tried one? What was your experience?

     

    One Love,

    Dr. Jenna Zigler

     

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    Cathy on December 16 2016 at 06:58PM

    I have been on xiidra for 7 weeks. Starting the 3rd week my eyes started watering so much my eye doctor had me do 1 drop in my eyes once a day instead of twice a day. My eyes are still watering and the tears feel warm. My eyes don’t feel dry anymore but I can’t take the warm watery eyes anymore. My eyes are blurry from tears and can’t see at work very well. Has anyone else had this problem?

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