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Systane Gel - Stop Waking Up With Dry Eyes

Updated on August 22, 2014

Waking Up With Dry Eyes

A couple of years ago I noticed I was waking up with dry eyes in the morning. At first it just felt like dry itchy eyes. Later on it got to the point where when I woke up, it felt like my eyelid was stuck to my eyeball. I would actually have to struggle to be able to open my eye. When I was able to get it open, it hurt because it felt like my eyelid had ripped a layer off of my eyeball. That was when I started to get scared. Luckily I had my yearly appointment to see my optometrist (eye doctor) right around the time that started happening.

Medical Term For Dry Eye

When I went for my appointment my doctor asked his usual question about noticing any changes or problems with my eyes. So I explained to him what was happening and about my concerns about why my eyes were so dry. That was when I found out about keratitis sicca which is the medical term for dry eye. Which basically means there is a decreased quantity or quality of tears being produced. I also learned it is actually fairly common, 48% of adults experience some of the symptoms of dry eye.

Systane Gel - To Treat My Dry Eyes

I told him that I had tried using Visine before, but it only seemed to work briefly and then they would feel more irritated. My doctor explained that was because it is designed for removing the redness not soothing the eyes. He recommended that I try Systane eye drops. He even gave me a sample of the Systane Gel to put in at night just before I go to sleep and Systane Ultra for when my eyes get irritated during the day.

The Best Eye Drops For Dry Eyes

I started using the Systane Gel that same night. That was when I stopped waking up with dry eyes. I was so grateful that I didn't have to deal with the pain when I opened my eyes, like I used too. Plus now my eyes didn't even feel dry or irritated either. So when my samples ran out, I went to the drugstore to buy some. They cost $19.99 to buy them at the drugstore. Which is fine if you only had to buy it once. When you are having to buy them every few months it can get expensive. That was when I started looking around for a better price. I now save around $7 per bottle by buying them on Amazon instead.

Dry Eye Talk

The videos below will give some insight into the causes of dry eyes. They also explain how the eye drops help people with sensitive eyes. There are also more suggestions for helping you to treat your condition.

Dry Eye Treatment

Here are some other things that can help you to cope with your dry eyes symptoms.

The Dry Eye Remedy: The Complete Guide to Restoring the Health and Beauty of Your Eyes
The Dry Eye Remedy: The Complete Guide to Restoring the Health and Beauty of Your Eyes

This book offers some great advice on how to treat and deal with your dry eyes.

Tranquileyes Travel and Sleep Kit Sleep Mask for Nighttime Dry Eye Relief (Blue)
Tranquileyes Travel and Sleep Kit Sleep Mask for Nighttime Dry Eye Relief (Blue)

Some people have dry eyes due to the fact that their eye lids do not fully close while sleeping. These will help to keep the moisture in your eyes while you sleep.

Systane Ultra Lubricant Eye Drops, Twin Pack, 10-mL Each,packaging may vary
Systane Ultra Lubricant Eye Drops, Twin Pack, 10-mL Each,packaging may vary

Systane Gel drops are great for providing relief during the night. However, I find it is so thick it will temporarily blur my vision. This is why I like to use Systane Ultra Lubricant eye drops during the daytime. These drops I can put in and get instant relief without any blurring of my vision.


Talk To Your Eye Doctor and See If Systane Is Right For You

While this is what my eye doctor recommended and it has worked for me, it may not be right for you. Even if you are experiencing similar symptoms, I strongly advise you to speak with your eye doctor. You may have other conditions that only a medical professional can help diagnose and treat.

Do You Suffer From Dry Eyes?

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      5 years ago from New Jersey

      Yes, I do. I will have to try these out.


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