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Can my eyes be infected by my sleeping mask?

Can my eyes be infected by my sleeping mask?

Yes: Yes, if it is not cleaned on a daily basis and if you have blepharitis.

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Are sleep mask (eye mask) bad for eye due to pressure? I'm really worried. I have used it for few nights now. Any bad effects on my eyes?

Are sleep mask (eye mask) bad for eye due to pressure? I'm really worried. I have used it for few nights now. Any bad effects on my eyes?

Unlikely a problem: Most sleep masks are soft enough that with moderate tightening, they will not interfere with the blood circulation of the eye. The pressure they usually create is no more than when you lie asleep on your stomach with your head facing the pillow.

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Greetings I want to ask if it's fine to use an eye mask that contains a blue color gel pad in my eyes when I sleep? The gel pad is slightly heavy

Greetings I want to ask if it's fine to use an eye mask that contains a blue color gel pad in my eyes when I sleep? The gel pad is slightly heavy

Yes: These are common and frequently used. As long as the pad contains eye holes so there is no pressure on the actual eye, then these can be used safely.

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How can I prevent dry eyes from incomplete closure of my ptosis when I sleep? Is it okay if I tape it or use an eye mask at night?

How can I prevent dry eyes from incomplete closure of my ptosis when I sleep? Is it okay if I tape it or use an eye mask at night?

Depends: On how bad the problem is. You could start with using an ointment, like refresh pm or lacrilube, (artificial tears) at bedtime. If this is not sufficient, you can use a night-time soft goggle to hold the eye shut. Of course, you could see an oculoplastic surgeon and get it fixed as well.

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Can wearing an eye mask to sleep cause under-eye redness?

Can wearing an eye mask to sleep cause under-eye redness?

No: If the mask fits well and is comfortable, your lids will be closed underneath and eye redness will not be caused by the mask. If you find redness to be common, check with your ophthalmologist for the cause.

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Are there any ways to sleep with your eyes open?

Are there any ways to sleep with your eyes open?

To some degree: Our eyelids naturally stay (mostly) closed when we are sleeping. There are those whose eyes do not stay completely closed; these individuals tend to suffer from dry eyes. Certain eye/neurological conditions can prevent the lids from closing, but in a healthy person, you cannot sleep with the eyes wide open.

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How do I treat eyes infected by fevikwik?

How do I treat eyes infected by fevikwik?

Seek Help: Fevikwik is a brand name of cyanoacrylate, the same type of adhesive we use to close surgical wounds. There's no easy answer for this. If you have superglue in your eye, you need an in-person visit with an eye doctor 5 minutes ago. Please proceed accordingly.

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How do I close my eyes completely when I sleep?

How do I close my eyes completely when I sleep?

Paper medical tape: Some people tend to sleep with their eyes slightly open, though there can be medical conditions that keep your eyes from closing during sleep. I recommend being seen by an ophthalmologist to be certain. An easy way to initially approach this is to close the eyes and gently apply paper medical tape to the upper eyelid and the cheek. It actually does not take much force to keep the lids closed.

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How can a person sleep with their eyes open?

How can a person sleep with their eyes open?

Lagophthalmos: Sometimes the eye doesn't close all the way. Depends on how deep of a sleep you are referring to and if the eye has closure problems.

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What can keep my eyes from drying while sleeping?

What can keep my eyes from drying while sleeping?

DRINK WATER: Be sure you are sufficiently hydrated. There are longer lasting gels for your eyes but they won't last more than a few hours. People often cut back on the fluids before bed so they won't have to get up to the bathroom.

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Why do my eyes get red after sleeping with contacts on?

Why do my eyes get red after sleeping with contacts on?

Contact issues: Most likely, your corneas are drying out or becoming irritated by your contacts being left in your eyes too long. Please check with your eye doctor about this.

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Why are my eyes always bloodshot if I get enough sleep?

Why are my eyes always bloodshot if I get enough sleep?

Probably dry eyes: Generally this is worse in the morning immediately after you wake up. Includes red eyes and foggy vision early on that clears up. If this is the case, try some artificial tears during the day (3-4 times/day) and a ophthalmic lubricating ointment at bedtime. It might take about a week or so to notice a difference. Otherwise, get an eye exam for an evaluation. Good luck.

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Can sleeping with my contacts in my eyes damage my eyes?

Can sleeping with my contacts in my eyes damage my eyes?

Contacts: Advice is to take contacts off every night for cleaning, if biweekly or monthly, and dispose of them if daily contacts type.

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White discharge from the eyes? How do you know if it's infected?

White discharge from the eyes? How do you know if it's infected?

See your eye doctor.: If you have any sort of discharge from your eyes, regardless of color, it is best to see your eye care professional and have him or her determine whether it is due to an infection or not. It could just be mucus discharge secondary to dry eyes but it is better to be safe than sorry from presuming it is a benign problem when it actually could be more serious.

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Is there a way to make tired eyes feel less tired without sleeping?

Is there a way to make tired eyes feel less tired without sleeping?

Good eye correction: If you wear glasses or contact lenses, be sure that you have an optimal correction. Then remember to blink regularly and take breaks if you are doing a lot of close focus work.

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