When you eye seems to be "more open" it can be due to a couple of things. Either you have increased volume behind the eyeball, pushing it forward (tumor, abnormal blood vessel, Graves disease, etc) or your eyelid is retracted farther then normal (scar formation, tumors, muscle or skin abnormalities etc)
As I said, tumors (even though, GASP!, I mentioned them twice :), are very, very, very rare. Graves disease is the most common.
I'm glad your optometrist
knew right away that this was something beyond his training and has referred you to an ophthalmologist
. Until you see the Eye MD you should continue to use natural tears to protect your eye from drying out and, if your partner notices that your eye is open at all while you are sleeping, goop up your eye with a protective ointment, such as lacrilube, right before you go to bed.
Does this make sense to you?
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