03-01-2015, 01:41 PM
(This post was last modified: 03-01-2015, 01:42 PM by PaytonA.)
If you did not get into a very deep sleep during your nap it is understandable that your AHI was higher than normal.
With regard to your eyes, you might try something that my optometrist suggested to me. I was complaining (before CPAP) about dry, itchy eyes. He explained that the small ducts that carry lubrication to the eyes can get plugged very easily by a number of things including minor infection. What he recommended was warm to hot compresses to the eyelids for a period of time. Then wash eyelids well with an antiseptic soap, rinse well, and dry. Be careful not to get soap into your eye especially if your eyes are dry. This works better for me than any of the eye drops.
It may be possible that air from mask leakage or venting is hitting your eyelids and drying out these ducts causing dry eye and consequent irritation. Hope you find something that helps. If all else fails, you might try setting up something to capture the vented air and run it through a hose down along the CPAP hose far enough to get out from under the covers at the side of the bed and away from your face and let it exhaust there.
Have slowly developed irritated eyes from cpap therapy so found this old thread. OPal R and others - did you find a workable long term solution? In doing some checking around I found a product called Tranquileyes. Has anyone tried this? TIA
Hi sonicboom, I was surprised to see this thread resurrected.
I did find, on suggestions by others, that the air being difused by the P10 was hitting my bedding and was directed back at my eyes. I used to lay on my side with my face buried in the pillow and I found that to be my problem.
For a while, I tried a product called Eye Seals, similar to what you are asking about, looks like goggles. They worked really well keeping air from hitting my eyes, but they can make you sweat and would become uncomfortable after awhile.
Every now and then, I drag the eye seal mask out, but I don't seem to have as much problems with dry eyes as I did in the beginning.
One other thing, I use really good eye drops called Systane Balance. They also have a nighttime eye ointment that works well.
Good luck, I know that it can be miserable.
I'm not sure but I think the air that diffuses out of the front slit of the Dreamwear cushion might be a problem. I've been using the Dreamwear for the last few months as the P10s had leakage that was not to my liking at various pillow sizes. I have the Systane Drops. Did you use those at night or just during the day? I'll look for the nighttime ointment. I'll also look in to the Eye Seals and Tranquileyes. Thank you for your quick response. It definitely is annoying and miserable.
I use the Systane drops in the morning and sometimes during the day. Before going to bed, I use the eye ointment. The ointment makes your vision a little blurry, but not that bad.
My Eye Doc recommended the Systane brand.