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Nocturnal Lagophthalmos and Dry Eye

Are you waking up in the morning with itchy, stinging eyes? Read on to find out all about nocturnal lagophthalmos and dry eyes.

Does nocturnal lagophthalmos cause dry eyes?

Nocturnal lagophthalmos is the medical term for sleeping with your eyes open. Up to 20% of people have this condition, so you’re not alone.[1]

When we close our eyes to sleep, the ocular layer on our eyeballs is protected. So, when we sleep with our eyes open, this dries the tear film and can lead to Dry Eye Disease.[2]

Many people are unaware of having nocturnal lagophthalmos. To check for this, ask a family member to look at your eyes while you sleep, or recognise symptoms such as waking with blurry vision and irritating, itchy eyes.[3]

 

Woman lying awake on pillow

How do you treat nocturnal lagophthalmos dry eyes?

As with any condition, it’s important to find the right treatment for you when it comes to nocturnal lagophthalmos and dry eyes. Here are a few of our recommendations:

Lifestyle changes

Making small changes can make all the difference! Add water vapour to the air by adding a humidifier to your bedroom, and ensure you stay hydrated. Experts recommend drinking between 8 and 10 glasses of water a day if you suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome.[4] So, be sure to leave a drink by your bedside. For more lifestyle tips, visit our blog: 10 Tips to Ease Dry Eye at Night

Use a warm compress

Putting a warm compress on your eyes before bed, like a MeiboPatch®, can help melt the oils blocking your Meibomian glands. This can minimise your Dry Eye symptoms at night![5] [6] Find out more: MeiboPatch®

Consider eye gel for dry eyes

You’re probably on the lookout for something that can soothe your eyes first thing in the morning, and last thing at night. One of the best treatments for nocturnal lagophthalmos and dry eyes is eye gels or eye drops. You can find your perfect treatment by reading this blog: Eye Drops vs Eye Gel For The Treatment of Dry Eyes

 

In most cases, the best way to treat dry eyes, Also known as dry eye syndrome, is to use eye gel or eye drops.

VisuXL Gel® is a preservative-free smart gel lubricant for dry eye syndrome. It provides comfort in a bottle with it’s long-lasting lubrication properties giving 12-hour dosing with just one drop and is suitable for both day and night use.

VisuXL® is a preservative-free eye drop lubricant for dry eye syndrome. Due to its unique ingredients, VisuXL® will help you recover from eye surgery, an injury or persistent damaging dry eye.

VisuEvo® is a preservative-free eye drop that prevents excessive evaporation of the tear film. Its unique formula contains omega-3 essential fatty acids, Vitamins A and D and ultra-filtered phospholipids that facilitate tear film presentation and control evaporation.

All three products are contact lens-friendly and can be used for 180 days after opening.

Shop now

References

  1. Benisek, A. ‘Can You Sleep With Your Eyes Open?’, WebMD, 11/08/2022. Accessed June 2023.
  2. Takahashi A, Negishi K, Ayaki M, Uchino M, Tsubota K. ‘Nocturnal Lagophthalmos and Sleep Quality in Patients with Dry Eye Disease’, Life (Basel). 2020 July 4;10(7):105. Accessed June 2023.
  3. Cadman, B. ‘What happens if a person sleeps with their eyes open?’, Medical News Today, 13/02/2023. Accessed June 2023.
  4. Complete Eye Care, ‘How Does Hydration Affect My Eyes’. Accessed June 2023.
  5. Baumann A, Cochener B. ‘Meibomian gland dysfunction: a comparative study of modern treatments’, J Fr Ophtalmol. 2014 Apr;37(4):303-12. Accessed June 2023.
  6. MeiboPatch® Instructions for Use (IFU). Accessed June 2023.
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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Dry Eye

Are you waking up in the morning with itchy, stinging eyes? Read on to find out all about nocturnal lagophthalmos and dry eyes.

Does nocturnal lagophthalmos cause dry eyes?

Nocturnal lagophthalmos is the medical term for sleeping with your eyes open. Up to 20% of people have this condition, so you’re not alone.[1]

When we close our eyes to sleep, the ocular layer on our eyeballs is protected. So, when we sleep with our eyes open, this dries the tear film and can lead to Dry Eye Disease.[2]

Many people are unaware of having nocturnal lagophthalmos. To check for this, ask a family member to look at your eyes while you sleep, or recognise symptoms such as waking with blurry vision and irritating, itchy eyes.[3]

 

Woman lying awake on pillow

How do you treat nocturnal lagophthalmos dry eyes?

As with any condition, it’s important to find the right treatment for you when it comes to nocturnal lagophthalmos and dry eyes. Here are a few of our recommendations:

Lifestyle changes

Making small changes can make all the difference! Add water vapour to the air by adding a humidifier to your bedroom, and ensure you stay hydrated. Experts recommend drinking between 8 and 10 glasses of water a day if you suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome.[4] So, be sure to leave a drink by your bedside. For more lifestyle tips, visit our blog: 10 Tips to Ease Dry Eye at Night

Use a warm compress

Putting a warm compress on your eyes before bed, like a MeiboPatch®, can help melt the oils blocking your Meibomian glands. This can minimise your Dry Eye symptoms at night![5] [6] Find out more: MeiboPatch®

Consider eye gel for dry eyes

You’re probably on the lookout for something that can soothe your eyes first thing in the morning, and last thing at night. One of the best treatments for nocturnal lagophthalmos and dry eyes is eye gels or eye drops. You can find your perfect treatment by reading this blog: Eye Drops vs Eye Gel For The Treatment of Dry Eyes

 

In most cases, the best way to treat dry eyes, Also known as dry eye syndrome, is to use eye gel or eye drops.

VisuXL Gel® is a preservative-free smart gel lubricant for dry eye syndrome. It provides comfort in a bottle with it’s long-lasting lubrication properties giving 12-hour dosing with just one drop and is suitable for both day and night use.

VisuXL® is a preservative-free eye drop lubricant for dry eye syndrome. Due to its unique ingredients, VisuXL® will help you recover from eye surgery, an injury or persistent damaging dry eye.

VisuEvo® is a preservative-free eye drop that prevents excessive evaporation of the tear film. Its unique formula contains omega-3 essential fatty acids, Vitamins A and D and ultra-filtered phospholipids that facilitate tear film presentation and control evaporation.

All three products are contact lens-friendly and can be used for 180 days after opening.

Shop now

References

  1. Benisek, A. ‘Can You Sleep With Your Eyes Open?’, WebMD, 11/08/2022. Accessed June 2023.
  2. Takahashi A, Negishi K, Ayaki M, Uchino M, Tsubota K. ‘Nocturnal Lagophthalmos and Sleep Quality in Patients with Dry Eye Disease’, Life (Basel). 2020 July 4;10(7):105. Accessed June 2023.
  3. Cadman, B. ‘What happens if a person sleeps with their eyes open?’, Medical News Today, 13/02/2023. Accessed June 2023.
  4. Complete Eye Care, ‘How Does Hydration Affect My Eyes’. Accessed June 2023.
  5. Baumann A, Cochener B. ‘Meibomian gland dysfunction: a comparative study of modern treatments’, J Fr Ophtalmol. 2014 Apr;37(4):303-12. Accessed June 2023.
  6. MeiboPatch® Instructions for Use (IFU). Accessed June 2023.
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Blepharitis and Dry Eye

Are you waking up in the morning with itchy, stinging eyes? Read on to find out all about nocturnal lagophthalmos and dry eyes.

Does nocturnal lagophthalmos cause dry eyes?

Nocturnal lagophthalmos is the medical term for sleeping with your eyes open. Up to 20% of people have this condition, so you’re not alone.[1]

When we close our eyes to sleep, the ocular layer on our eyeballs is protected. So, when we sleep with our eyes open, this dries the tear film and can lead to Dry Eye Disease.[2]

Many people are unaware of having nocturnal lagophthalmos. To check for this, ask a family member to look at your eyes while you sleep, or recognise symptoms such as waking with blurry vision and irritating, itchy eyes.[3]

 

Woman lying awake on pillow

How do you treat nocturnal lagophthalmos dry eyes?

As with any condition, it’s important to find the right treatment for you when it comes to nocturnal lagophthalmos and dry eyes. Here are a few of our recommendations:

Lifestyle changes

Making small changes can make all the difference! Add water vapour to the air by adding a humidifier to your bedroom, and ensure you stay hydrated. Experts recommend drinking between 8 and 10 glasses of water a day if you suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome.[4] So, be sure to leave a drink by your bedside. For more lifestyle tips, visit our blog: 10 Tips to Ease Dry Eye at Night

Use a warm compress

Putting a warm compress on your eyes before bed, like a MeiboPatch®, can help melt the oils blocking your Meibomian glands. This can minimise your Dry Eye symptoms at night![5] [6] Find out more: MeiboPatch®

Consider eye gel for dry eyes

You’re probably on the lookout for something that can soothe your eyes first thing in the morning, and last thing at night. One of the best treatments for nocturnal lagophthalmos and dry eyes is eye gels or eye drops. You can find your perfect treatment by reading this blog: Eye Drops vs Eye Gel For The Treatment of Dry Eyes

 

In most cases, the best way to treat dry eyes, Also known as dry eye syndrome, is to use eye gel or eye drops.

VisuXL Gel® is a preservative-free smart gel lubricant for dry eye syndrome. It provides comfort in a bottle with it’s long-lasting lubrication properties giving 12-hour dosing with just one drop and is suitable for both day and night use.

VisuXL® is a preservative-free eye drop lubricant for dry eye syndrome. Due to its unique ingredients, VisuXL® will help you recover from eye surgery, an injury or persistent damaging dry eye.

VisuEvo® is a preservative-free eye drop that prevents excessive evaporation of the tear film. Its unique formula contains omega-3 essential fatty acids, Vitamins A and D and ultra-filtered phospholipids that facilitate tear film presentation and control evaporation.

All three products are contact lens-friendly and can be used for 180 days after opening.

Shop now

References

  1. Benisek, A. ‘Can You Sleep With Your Eyes Open?’, WebMD, 11/08/2022. Accessed June 2023.
  2. Takahashi A, Negishi K, Ayaki M, Uchino M, Tsubota K. ‘Nocturnal Lagophthalmos and Sleep Quality in Patients with Dry Eye Disease’, Life (Basel). 2020 July 4;10(7):105. Accessed June 2023.
  3. Cadman, B. ‘What happens if a person sleeps with their eyes open?’, Medical News Today, 13/02/2023. Accessed June 2023.
  4. Complete Eye Care, ‘How Does Hydration Affect My Eyes’. Accessed June 2023.
  5. Baumann A, Cochener B. ‘Meibomian gland dysfunction: a comparative study of modern treatments’, J Fr Ophtalmol. 2014 Apr;37(4):303-12. Accessed June 2023.
  6. MeiboPatch® Instructions for Use (IFU). Accessed June 2023.
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3-Step Treatment Plan for Dry Eyes

A three-step treatment plan is one of the most effective ways to treat dry eyes. By following these three simple steps, you could reduce your symptoms significantly.

 

Woman with Eye Mask

Step 1: Use a warm compress

Begin by using a heated compress, such as MeiboPatch®, over your eyes. Lay this over your upper face so that it covers the bridge of your nose, upper and lower eyelids.

You should keep this mask on for seven to 10 minutes, during which time it will gently release warmth which can fluidise secretions that may have blocked the meibomian glands.

After you remove the mask, you should give your dry eyes a gentle eyelid massage to help release the oils from the glands.

Always keep your eyes closed when using a warm compress, and we recommend buying a new MeiboPatch® every 1-2 months, to make sure hygiene measures are followed.[1]

To find out more about our MeiboPatch®, click here: MeiboPatch®

 

Woman Wiping Eye

Step 2: Wipe your dry eyes

Cleanse and wipe away the melted oil from your meibomian glands, as well as any built-up debris. You should do this with a cleanser like Naviblef®.

Close your dry eyes and massage your eyelids and eyelashes with the foam, then leave it there for around 60-80 seconds. Then, rinse your eyelashes and eyelids with warm water.

Discover more about Naviblef® here: Naviblef® [2]

 

Eye with Eye Drops

Step 3: Lubricate your dry eyes

Use an effective lubricant like any drop from our VISUfamily range. Depending on your condition, you need to choose an eye drop that will work for you and ease your symptoms.

Find out more about what eye drop for dry eyes would be best for you here: Eye Drops vs Eye Gel For The Treatment of Dry Eyes

 

In most cases, the best way to treat dry eyes, Also known as dry eye syndrome, is to use eye gel or eye drops.

VisuXL Gel® is a preservative-free smart gel lubricant for dry eye syndrome. It provides comfort in a bottle with it’s long-lasting lubrication properties giving 12-hour dosing with just one drop and is suitable for both day and night use.

VisuXL® is a preservative-free eye drop lubricant for dry eye syndrome. Due to its unique ingredients, VisuXL® will help you recover from eye surgery, an injury or persistent damaging dry eye.

VisuEvo® is a preservative-free eye drop that prevents excessive evaporation of the tear film. Its unique formula contains omega-3 essential fatty acids, Vitamins A and D and ultra-filtered phospholipids that facilitate tear film presentation and control evaporation.

All three products are contact lens-friendly and can be used for 180 days after opening.

Shop now

References

  1. MeiboPatch® Instructions for Use (IFU). Accessed February 2023.
  2. Naviblef® Instructions for Use (IFU). Accessed February 2023.
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How to Put in Eye Drops for Dry Eye

Whether you’re using eye drops for hay fever, conditions like styes, or Dry Eye Disease, we’re here for you. Read on to find out our tips on how to put in eye drops for Dry Eye.

 

How to put in eye drops: Step-by-step instructions

Before you put your eye drops in, make sure that your hands are nice and clean. Additionally, have tissues nearby to wipe away any excess tears or drops that might occur.[1]

 

Step 1: Prepare

Wash your hands and make sure that you have everything you need around you.

 

Step 2: Tilt your head

Sit up and look up, or lay down if this is easier. 

 

Step 3: Pull down your eyelid

Pull your eyelid down and away from your eyeball, making a pocket for your drops.

 

Step 4: Squeeze the bottle

Put the prescribed number of drops into your eye, or the number of drops suggested on the bottle or instructions for use. You may have to squeeze or use a pump action to administer the drops.

 

Step 5: Close your eyes

Close your eye for at least one minute and hold your finger over your tear duct (the small hole in the corner of your eye).

 

Make sure that you always close the eye drop container after use.[2] If you use more than one type of eye medication, wait at least five minutes between using each type.[3]

 

Woman puts eye drops into her eyes

 

Should you blink after putting eye drops in?

This often depends on doctor’s advice. However, Dan T. Gudgel of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recommends that you should not blink. Instead, close your eyes for at least one minute.[4]

 

How long should you close your eyes after eye drops?

You should close your eyes for a minimum of one minute, to allow the drops to soak into your eyes and prevent them from soaking into your nose.[3]

 

How many times a day can you use eye drops?

The number of times a day you should use eye drops varies depending on the type of eye drop you choose. VisuXL® eye drops only need to be used two times a day, making them a solution that can become part of your daily routine.[2]  

 

Man putting eye drops into eye

 

How far away do you hold eye drops?

You should put eye drops within one inch of your eye, when you are applying them.[5] This allows you to aim better into the pocket that you have created.

 

How should I store eye drops?

Eye drops need to be stored effectively to prevent being spoiled. Bottles usually need to be kept in a cool, dry place, unless otherwise stated on the instructions for use.[6]

 

Best eye drops for dry eyes

We offer a vast range of eye drops for dry eyes, so that you can be prepared. From VisuXL® Gel to Xailin® Tears, we have everything you could need.

Our latest blog helps you to identify which Dry Eye products would suit your needs, based on your symptoms. For more information on eye gels and eye drops for dry eyes, visit this blog: Eye Drops vs Eye Gel for Dry Eyes

 

In most cases, the best way to treat dry eyes, Also known as dry eye syndrome, is to use eye gel or eye drops.

VisuXL Gel® is a preservative-free smart gel lubricant for dry eye syndrome. It provides comfort in a bottle with it’s long-lasting lubrication properties giving 12-hour dosing with just one drop and is suitable for both day and night use.

VisuXL® is a preservative-free eye drop lubricant for dry eye syndrome. Due to its unique ingredients, VisuXL® will help you recover from eye surgery, an injury or persistent damaging dry eye.

VisuEvo® is a preservative-free eye drop that prevents excessive evaporation of the tear film. Its unique formula contains omega-3 essential fatty acids, Vitamins A and D and ultra-filtered phospholipids that facilitate tear film presentation and control evaporation.

All three products are contact lens-friendly and can be used for 180 days after opening.

Shop now

References

  1. Healthline. ‘How to Use Eye Drops’. Accessed January 2023.
  2. VisuXL® Instructions for Use (IFU). Accessed January 2023.
  3. National Eye Institute. ‘How to Put in Eye Drops’, 23/07/21. Accessed January 2023.
  4. Dan T. Gudgel. ‘How to Put in Eye Drops’, American Academy of Ophthamology, 10/03/21. Accessed January 2023.
  5. WebMD. ‘How to Insert Eye Drops’, 21/08/22. Accessed January 2023.
  6. Dr.Manoj Rai Mehta. ‘How to Safely Store Eye Drop Dispensers at Home or Office’,Practo, 06/04/17. Accessed January 2023.
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