Dry Eyes But Only While I Sleep
Does anyone have a theory about the cause and possible remedy for dry eyes?
My eyes get very dry at night. If I wake up during the night it can be painful to open my eyes. I need to carefully pull my lids away from the surface of my eye. This started in my early 40's; I am 49 now.
I don't have an issue with dry eyes during the day. Only when I sleep.
I did see an optician for it and he had a couple of ideas:
- My eyes didn't close entirely while I slept.
- Inflammation of the tear ducts and/or the eyes (from being dry) and cannot recall exactly what he said as it was some time ago. He prescribed me a steroid eye drop but, as I recall there was some risk/down side to using these drops.
I never used the drops because it seemed like it was a wild ass guess. And it was a pain the ass.
Any ideas? Now that I am more health conscious and proactive I thought I should revisit this.