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Dr. Stan, Ophthalmologist
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It is difficult to open my eyelids upon waking up in the

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It is difficult to open my eyelids upon waking up in the morning or during sleep times. Using an over-the-counter product for moisture helps. However, I am concerned about the cause.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Stan replied 7 years ago.

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It is likely that you are experiencing the symptom of difficulty opening the eyes due the filamentary keratitis with filaments formed from tiny debris deposit and/or mucus causing cornea nerve irritation. Chronic dry eyes and/or ocular allergy predisposes you to such complication. To resolve this problem, I suggest that your eye doctor closely evaluate your cornea, and treat you with drops such as Mucomyst (N-acetylcysteine) 10% eye drop. This drop is available through prescription and possibly need to be compounded by your local pharmacist. In addition, I suggest that you use only preservative free tear drop such as Refresh Plus or Genteal tear drop.

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