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It is most likely to be due to moderate dry eyes. It is better to start with over the counter preservative free Refresh tears eye drops , 1 drop 4 times a day along with lacrilube eye ointment at bedtime. You should begin to feel better after 2 weeks of this therapy and can continue for a month.
If symptoms persist beyond 2-3 weeks with no relief, then I suggest you consult an ophthalmologist for a detailed eye check up along with tear film analysis and further management.
why would my eyes be dry in the moringing after being closed all night? THey aren't dry during the day.
I have had my eyes checked.
other ideas? could it be my sinuses or polpys?
Dry eyes is a term used to describe any tear film abnormality. The tear film is made of 3 layers, oily layer( from oil secreting glands present in the eyelids), water layer( from lacrimal glands) and mucus layer( from mucus glands in the conjunctiva or the white of the eye). So inspite of the eyes being closed during sleep the whole night , if there is problem from the oil secreting glands in the lids, the symptoms are most often seen in the mornings.
Very unlikely to be due to sinuses or polyps.
For meibomitis( inflammation of the meibomian glands or the oil secreting glands in the lids), a gentle lid scrub or massage of the lid margin with the tip of the fingers helps( to remove pent up secretions). If persistent after using lubricating eye drops and ointment and lid massage, the next treatment is a short course of oral doxycycline 100 mg twice a day for 2 weeks.
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Thanks for the advise and I will give it a try. I have had this "upon waking" sensation for , gosh, 10 years, my eyes feel fine during the day....never any discharge....can I get back to you if the drops don't work?