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Question:
I was told the reason I got dry eye is the lid does not close all the way. What can be done to correct this problem?

Answer:
Lagophthalmos, or the inability to close the eyes completely, can exacerbate a dry eye. It is suggested that you use artificial tears throughout the day and consider using a gel at night. Additionally you may wish to sleep with a humidifier, use a sleep mask or even tape your lid closed at night. There are surgical procedures that can improve this condition as well. I would suggest that you consult with an Eye M.D. to help you correctly diagnose and treat your condition.

Answered by: Rona Silkiss, MD Dr. Rona Silkiss

Categories: Eye Conditions

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