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Posted by: Karen
03/22/2004, 21:45:26


Where do you find your eye masks? And what material are they made of?

How do you apply the saran wrap to your eyes before putting the mask on? I've read that some of you use a thin line of petroleum jelly on the bottom lid before applying the plastic wrap and the mask, right?

I've been using an OTC eye salve the last few nights to see if it helps give me some relief from the burning and moisture problem a little bit more during the day. I sure don't care for that blurry eyed look from the salve, but if it helps, I'll do it.

Gosh, I am one of those who gets up at least 3 times during the night for "potty time". I'd have to go through that whole rigamarol of getting the eyes ready each time I got up, because I sure couldn't leave the mask on and find my way to the bathroom. LOL.

Any tips?




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Posted by: June in Toronto
03/23/2004, 05:45:07


Hi Karen,

I use the pure white petroleum jelly on the upper and lower eyelash areas - also put Lacrilube cream inside the eyes, then the plastic wrap (I just cut small squares of it and place it over the eyes before the mask), then I use a clean tissue or cloth to cover, then the mask. Its quite a regime but I think its worth it -by this time the eyes are moist, warm and dark - lovely feeling after a hard day!. I have lots of masks - some I got free when travelling by airplane (they are plastic-type and stiff), some I bought from a drugstore (made of softer material and padded), some I got from a lingerie shop more feminine, nicer colours and made of silk material and padded). Shirley, a long time ago, suggested she used a stretchy head band instead of the mask - it might work as well. I also get up a couple of times at night - mostly though I don't remove the mask and plastic wrap as I have an en-suite and I know exactly where it is. Occasionally I do remove the mask and I simply lift it all up onto my forehead - during those times I usually feel I need to put more cream in my eyes. I basically now do this without really waking up - its amazing how we get used to things:-) I hope this helps you.

June in Toronto, Canada




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Posted by: Cynthia
03/23/2004, 09:03:06


I use Refresh PM unpreserved ointment at night and cover with a gel mask that I get at KMart. Walgreens has them too, but costs more there. I got one at Bath & Body once, but it was not nearly as comfortable. It's easy to slip it up on your forehead, or down around your neck when you take your potty breaks at night *_*
I haven't tried the saran wrap, but think I will!
Cynthia in IL



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Posted by: Anita Croce
03/23/2004, 21:25:55


I prefer using the Refresh PM in the eyes at night time. I find that it's easier to get out of the eyes in the morning. I just cut a long strip of saran wrap and place it on the eyes only, so it runs across the eyes and to the hairline. I find that the light weight eye mask is more comfortable on the eyelids since our eyes don't close completely at night time. This is why the eyes dry out at night. By covering them, it helps keep the moisture in the eyes. The ones I like are made of either a light weight silk or satin, but not the heavy type fabric. I have purchased them in the drug store. I have found this procedure easy enough to lift up when you might need to make a trip during the night time. Good luck.

Anita Croce, North Central District Director, BEBRF




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Posted by: Kathy in Atlanta
03/24/2004, 07:58:04


I actually cannot sleep very well if i do not cover my eyes at night as any kind of light wakes me up. I just use a cotton scarf loosely tied so it is not pressing against my eyelashes and extra eyedrops during the day. I think i will try the vaseline also from june's tip.
When i get up to use the"potty" it looks like i am either a kidnap victim or about to rob a bank, but you know, covering the eyes is important.LOL!! I would frighten any intruder away!!



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Posted by: Jane
03/26/2004, 23:43:11


I tried a red bandana last night after reading your suggestion and it worked well. There was much comfort not only from the darknes from the dryness.
Jane



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Posted by: Kathy in Atlanta
03/28/2004, 10:51:25


Also in a pinch, a cotton pillowcase folded lenghtwise and loosely wrapped around the eye area will work. I agree that also the darkness is restful for overworked eyes. I do this when all my scarves have not been laundered. It is important to wash them, I do every day.


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Posted by: Karen
03/28/2004, 12:53:40


Thanks for all your tips! I really appreciate them.



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