Sometimes people experience bad cases of dry eye syndrome at night. These dry eye attacks may be even worse than the dry eye experienced while a patient is awake. Patients may wake up in the middle of the night with eye discomfort, or they may wake up in the morning in pain and reaching for the nearest eye drops.
Thankfully there are a few things you can do about this problem. The eye doctors at our Nashville, TN practice would like to consider some of the causes of overnight dry eye and what treatments are available to address this problem.
There are a few potential causes of overnight dry eye that are important to consider:
The cause of your dry eye will determine the most ideal form of treatment.
There are specially made eye drops, foams, ointments, and eye medicines that are designed specifically for nighttime dry eye. These types of eye lubrication last a long time and help hold moisture around the eyes better than traditional eye drops.
If drops are ineffective or not enough, there are special sleep masks and eye shields that help keep the eyes closed and/or prevent the eyes from drying overnight. Some of these masks may look like goggles, while others may look like traditional sleep masks. There are also special kinds of tape that can help seal your eyes shut during sleep if necessary.
Sometimes a good option for overnight dry eye is altering habits and improving the environment of your bedroom. You may want to limit the use of computers, laptops, tablets, and cellphones before bed. These screens tend to slow down your normal blink rate, making dry eye more likely. You should also consider using a humidifier at night to help keep some moisture in your bedroom.
If none of the at-home suggestions are helpful, you should speak with an eye doctor about your issues. We can offer the sort of professional treatment and insight that is not available over the counter.
For more information about managing dry eye and helping you experience comfort and improved vision, be sure to contact our experienced eye doctors. The Choate Eye Associates team is here to help you.