Dry Eyes with CPAP use?
If you use a CPAP machine then you likely have experienced 'CPAP dry eye'. The common symptomology is patients with scratchy, irritated eyes on waking if mask fit is not perfect or a nighttime shift occurs.
CPAP dry eye is not a real 'diagnosis'... but certainly is a common clinical observation.
Beyond ensuring that mask fit is optimal, for CPAP dry eye, I recommend that patients use either:
Ocunox night-time ointment with Vitamin A or I-Defence gel.
Both are non-preserved and when used just before bed, prevent much of the overnight evaporation that causes the morning discomfort and redness.
Both gels (I-Defence less) cause some blurred vision so only evening use is recommended.
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A recent patient of mine came up with this perfect description for the way her eyelids felt... Gritchy.
What did she mean and what causes this?
I wonder if this eye drop is still ok?
Scenario: you dig an eye drop bottle from deep in your travel bag. Expiration date on the worn label is next month .. is this drop still ok to put in your eye?
Do you blink to clear?
I suggest that clinically I see many patients mis-attribute transient screen blur to their glasses. This is most likely dry eye and counseling on drop use is usually met with some skepticism!