How do you prevent dry eyes while sleeping?
We recommend a few things. First, limit screen time before bed and instead read a paper book or journal before falling asleep. Remove all makeup andfollow a great eyelid cleansing routine to ensure your eyelids are clean and healthy.Try using an eye gel or ointment just before going to bed as well. Lastly, some people sleep with their eyelids slightly open. You can combat this by using a pair of moisture chamber goggles while sleeping.
Why do my eyes dry out while I sleep?
There can be a few reasons for this. The first is screen time. If you’re watching TV, using a computer, or on your phone right before bed, we suggest limiting this to avoid the hour before bedtime. If you can’t do this, ensure that you’re wearingblue light blocking glasses to avoid some of the blue light exposure and help your eyes feel more comfortable. In addition to this,some people sleep with their eyelids open. You can combat this by using a pair of moisture chamber goggles while sleeping.
What are moisture goggles?
Moisture chamber goggles are usually fitted with foam contours to adhere perfectly to the face, creating a safe, non-abrasive seal to keep in moisture while you sleep. The delicate pressure exerted by a pair of well-fitted moisturizing goggles helps to fully close the eyes at night and, depending on the pair chosen, helps shield the eyes from dirt, wind, dust, and other particles while working or exercising outside.
Will a humidifier help my dry eyes?
It absolutely can! If your home or environment in general has low humidity, you’ll likely notice more dry eye symptoms because your tears will evaporate more quickly. If you struggle with this, buying a simple home humidifier for use in your work space and your bedroom could be very beneficial.
How can I stop sleeping with my eyes open?
While some people do this naturally, it can cause dry eye symptoms. If this is you, we recommend sleeping with either a sleep mask or moisture chamber goggles on. These will help seal in the moisture of your eyes and help prevent tear evaporation.
Is it good to sleep with an eye mask?
Sleeping with an eye mask on can be very helpful for many things. First of all, if light bothers you, a sleep mask can help shield you from any outside light you may encounter while trying to fall asleep. This can help you fall asleep faster and get better sleep. In addition to this, a sleep mask may help prevent some evaporation of your tears while you sleep by helping you keep your eyes closed. Although not as effective as moisture chamber goggles, a mask may still work for this if you find the proper fit.
Does a sleep mask help dry eyes?
Although they may not be as effective as moisture chamber goggles, sleep masks can be beneficial for those with dry eye disease. If you’re someone who sleeps with your eyes slightly open, a mask can help you keep your eyelids closed and may prevent some evaporation of your tear film while sleeping. This leads to more comfortable eyes in the morning.
Dr. Jenna Zigler