If you are one of the millions of individuals who experience burning, itching or other bothersome symptoms caused by dry eye, then you are probably aware of some of the factors
that cause the condition. Dry environments, smoking, certain health conditions and medications are all known to cause and/or worsen dry eye. But a recent study has found a new potential explanation for the condition: your sleeping position. Lakewood ophthalmologist Dr. Edward Hedaya of InVision EyeCare unpacks the study’s findings in this blog post.
What the Study Found
A study that was presented at a recent American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) meeting looked at individuals who slept on their side and experienced more severe dry eye symptoms in the morning. Researchers asked some of the participants to begin sleeping on their back instead of sleeping on their side. The study found that symptoms improved among participants who slept on their back. Although it is not entirely clear why sleeping on one’s side worsens dry eye symptoms, the researchers believe it may be related to improper tear drainage. So if you notice that your dry eye is worse the morning after sleeping on your side, it may be worth changing your sleeping position to see if your symptoms improve. Keep in mind that while changing your sleeping position may relieve symptoms, it does not address the root cause of your dry eye. An eye exam with a board certified ophthalmologist can get to the bottom of the problem and make it easier to determine the proper solution.
Get Relief from Dry Eye
There is no need to continue struggling with dry eye. InVision EyeCare offers several treatments for the condition, and can help you find the solution that is right for you based on your specific symptoms and their severity. For mild symptoms, lubricating eye drops and warm compresses may be enough to alleviate them. More severe symptoms may require in-office treatments including punctal plugs, Lipiflow or intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy. To discuss your dry eye symptoms and treatment options, schedule a consultation by calling 732-607- 8515 today.