Eye Care Community
Difficulty opening my eye after waking up
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to eye care, cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment, eye infections, misaligned eyes, intra-ocular implants, refractive surgery (LASIK and CK), glasses, contact lenses, amblyopia, eye injuries, dry eyes, ocular allergy, eye pain and discomfort, pediatric eye disorders, eyelid and tearduct surgery, poor eyesight, and eye surgery.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Difficulty opening my eye after waking up

For the past few weeks, I have noticed that when I wake up through the night to go to the bathroom and then again after waking up in the morning, my right eyelid won't open at first.  It seems to resolve itself after I have been awake for a few minutes, with no noticable drooping afterwards.  I have no discharge around my eye.  I had cataract surgery last year on both eyes and now have 20/20/ vision and have had no problems at all, so I don't think this is related to my surgeries.  I have been diagnosed with dry eye and use drops during the day.  This just concerns me, as it seems to be my eye muscle preventing my eye from opening.  I plan to see an opthamologist as soon as possible.  Meantime, just wondering if anyone else has had this problem and what might be the cause.  Appreciate any responses.
6 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
233488_tn?1310696703
97% of the time its dry eyes. Do not sleep with a fan or air blowing over your face. Put a humidifier in your bedrood and keep the humidity at about 45-50%, use a relative humidity gauge to measure. Drops will not last all night use a GEL like genteal gel or refresh liquigel or systane gel at bedtime or use an ointment like duolube, or duratears or refresh PM.

JCH MD
Blank
4879814_tn?1360477542
Thank you so very much for responding to my question.  I do sleep with the ceiling fan on, but will stop that.  My husband picked up some GenTeal jel for me today, as I have never tried that.  I had never experienced not being able to open my eye when I would wake up in the morning until just a few weeks ago.  I was starting to get concerned that it could be something serious.  Thank you so much for your help!
Blank
4879814_tn?1360477542
Dr. Hagan,  I used the gel last night and also turned off my ceiling fan.  This morning when I woke up, my eye opened easily.  I am so thankful for you advice.  Really happy I came across this website.  Will recommend to my friends.  Again, thank you!
Blank
233488_tn?1310696703
Glad for the happy news.  You might also read the paper I wrote o dry eyes. It can be found on this page under Today's Pulse. Third blue dot from the left as you scroll through the papers.
JCH MD
Blank
4879814_tn?1360477542
I will certainly read the paper you wrote.  The gel drops are working great and no more problems with my eye..  I also plan to get a humidifier for my bedroom.  Many thanks for your advice.
Blank
233488_tn?1310696703
=
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Eye Care Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating: What Your Closet ...
Jul 09 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Eye Care Answerers
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
KayakerNC
NC
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
flossy93
CA
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Craig10x
New York, NY
Avatar_n_tn
Blank
laura5121
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
PedroPrado
McAllen, TX
1932338_tn?1349223998
Blank
Luvtoski
Seattle