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Puffy dry eyes
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Puffy dry eyes
Looking for creative solutions to irritated and dry eyes with my full face mask. Often I wake up and can’t fall asleep from the discomfort. It seems that perhaps my eyelids are not completely closed during sleep. Using a Resmed full face F20 AirTouch mask. My seal is good under 20L/min in terms of leaks. There is air coming from the exhaust in the elbow near the quick release which I understand is normal. However, it looks like the same air is causing me great eye discomfort, probably from bouncing off the pillow and up into my eyes. 

Are there any products or masks that have worked for you? I think this is the final barrier for me between getting a good nights sleep as my AHI now averages around 1-2 when I can actually sleep.
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#2
RE: Puffy dry eyes
Two things immediately come to mind.  I tend to have dry eyes, so I always put eyedrops or eye ointment in my eyes at bedtime.  Systane Complete are the eyedrops recommended to me by my opthalmologist.  The eye ointment is Soothe Nightime by Bausch & Lomb.  The ointment is the most helpful in my opinion.  It makes your vision blurry for a few minutes, but at bedtime that does not matter.

Some folks here sleep with an eye mask to prevent air from blowing in their eyes.

I hope you find a solution that works well for you.  Shy
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RE: Puffy dry eyes
"It seems that perhaps my eyelids are not completely closed during sleep."

The inability to close your eyes completely during sleep will most definitely cause you discomfort, especially if you think that air from your mask may be directed or bouncing off a bed pillow toward your eyes.

Besides the eye drops and ointments mentioned above (which I also use), you could try an eye mask. Look for a soft mask with a "convex" shape (meaning curved or rounded out) so the mask doesn't touch your eye at all.
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RE: Puffy dry eyes
My eyes are worse first thing in the mornings. The first 2 hours I can hardly focus at all.
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RE: Puffy dry eyes
(11-25-2021, 01:06 PM)Deborah K. Wrote: Two things immediately come to mind.  I tend to have dry eyes, so I always put eyedrops or eye ointment in my eyes at bedtime.  Systane Complete are the eyedrops recommended to me by my opthalmologist.  The eye ointment is Soothe Nightime by Bausch & Lomb.  The ointment is the most helpful in my opinion.  It makes your vision blurry for a few minutes, but at bedtime that does not matter.

Some folks here sleep with an eye mask to prevent air from blowing in their eyes.

I hope you find a solution that works well for you.  Shy

Sadly have mixed results with the Soothe Nightime by Bausch & Lomb. I will try the eye drops next along with a mask. While it did seem to make my eyelids more sticky, it did tend to make its way to the bridge of my nose and given the full face mask and did get a bit greasy there. Thanks for the suggestion. 
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RE: Puffy dry eyes
I have some problems with air impinging on my eyes, too. When it does seem to be happening and mask adjustments do not seem to correct it, I sometimes drape a handkerchief over the mask using my mask frame to hold it in place. I use a full face mask.

Anything other than single thickness handkerchief can reduce the flow thru the vent holes and will reduce the amount of CO2 that can be swept from the trapped volume of air inside the mask.

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RE: Puffy dry eyes
I tried an F20 and had huge issues with leaks. Most seemed to be pointed right at my eyes! I wonder if you are having the same problem. The mask seemed perfect otherwise. My issue is claustrophobia. I was able to wear this mask better than any other that I've tried. But I couldn't keep it on. So I tried the F30 something when it came out. Same issues.

Surgical masks cause the same reaction when I have to wear them.
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