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Doctor insights on: Cover Eyes While Sleeping

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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Can sleeping with contacts in damage my eyes?

Can sleeping with contacts in damage my eyes?

Yes: Most types of contact lenses are not meant to be worn at night. Determine if yours are the type that can (extended wear). Even still your eye membranes are supposed to have time to breath and your eyes should be open. Most people don't sleep this way and even if they did you would need to keep blinking which you don't control during sleep. Dry eyes can damage the delicate membranes. ...Read more

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How do some people sleep with their eyes open?

How do some people sleep with their eyes open?

Many causes: Some people naturally sleep with their eyelids open 1-2 millimeters. Sometimes there is an underlying condition that contributes to poor eyelid closure such as graves' disease or bell's palsy. Sleeping with the eyelids open can lead to dryness of the corneas (exposure keratopathy). An eye exam is important to assess the health of the cornea and determine the proper treatment. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How can some people sleep with their eyes open?

How can some  people sleep with their eyes open?

Difficult : Usually they have a problem with their eye lids like a type of scarring , or they are just not completely closed. Others who have a sleep disorder and sleepwalk have their eyes open too but they are not resting ...Read more

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How do certain people sleep with their eyes open?

How do certain people sleep with their eyes open?

Depends: Ost people have some type of eyelid problem such as scarring to prevent them from closing. Others might be sleepwalking but the are not resting. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I get a good amount of sleep. Why do my eyes look tired?

I get a good amount of sleep. Why do my eyes look tired?

They only look it: What we see as tired eyes are often "puffy" eyelids that have dark circles under them. This can be the way your eyelids naturally look, or they could slowly take on this appearance over time. Excess eyelid skin, especially on the upper eyelids, can make the eyes appear more closed. There may be treatment options for this, so if it bothers you, consider meeting with an eye doctor to discuss it. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone to sleep with their eyes open?

Is it possible for someone to sleep with their eyes open?

Not usually: Closing the eyes prior to and during sleep is a protective reflex which keeps the eye moist and healthy and aids sleep by blocking out the light. There are a few with trauma and a some rare conditions which prevent this. They usually need ointments and eyedrops to protect the eye. They are aided by Bell's reflex in which the eye rolls up during sleep and other activities. ...Read more