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Tranquileyes is the
best-designed product on the market for protecting dry eyes at
night and has a long track record helping people with conditions
ranging from Sjogrens dry eye to recurrent erosions to
lagophthalmos (poor eyelid closure). Tranquileyes has rubber
eyecups with a thick, soft, comfortable viscoelastic foam seal
enclosing each eye area and a thick cushion in the center which can
both add moisture and help hold lids closed. It's held in place
with a stretchy fabric wrap that's quite comfortable. Parts and
accessories can be purchased
This kit contains:
Tranquileyes goggle (fitted with lined foam), one spare foamset,
and mesh washbag.
descriptions at eyeeco.com)
hydrating therapy is a natural, proven way to bring relief to dry,
irritated eyes. Unlike other dry eye treatments, tranquileyes is a
soft, flexible goggle designed to form a moist, humid environment
around the eye that helps stimulate tear production and prevent the
evaporation of tears, while also moisturizing the delicate skin
around the eyes.
For the following feature
descriptions, please click on the photo above to see a labelled
picture of the foam side of the
covers: Tranquileyes have
beautifully-sculpted, anatomically designed eye covers that are
made from medical grade, flexible rubber material that is FDA
approved, hypoallergenic, easy to clean and durable. The eye covers
seal only the area required to hydrate the eyes delivering complete
darkness and exceptional comfort. The eye covers rest on your
orbital bones, thereby avoiding any restriction of blood flow to
vital arteries above the nose and unnecessary pressure on the
sensitive blood vessels under the
cushions: Each eye cover features
a comfortable eye cushion that is fabric lined and made from
visco-elastic foam. The foam is specially designed to form to the
face when warmed by body heat and provides increased comfort while
creating a complete seal to the orbital area. This seal helps to
control the temperature and humidity around the eye
Moisture pads: Placed in each eye
cover is a small pillow of the same fabric-lined, visco-elastic
foam, called a moisture pad. The moisture pads are designed to be
removed from the eye cover and placed in warm or cold water. Warm
water moisturizes eyes and surrounding eye area, cold water reduces
puffiness. After the moisture pads have soaked in water for 30
seconds, they are gently rung out, and then placed back in the eye
covers prior to wear.
tranquileyes foam moisture pads and eye cushions should be
cleaned as directed and replaced after approximately 60
wrap: A uniquely designed
comfort wrap holds the eye covers in place and the stretch fabric
ensures no pinching, even with extended wear. The comfort wrap is
easily adjusted with two specially designed sliders, to ensure a
custom fit and complete seal of the tranquileyes to the eye
Results: tranquileyes foam
moisture pads and eye cushions should be cleaned as directed and
replaced after approximately 60 uses.
Why use a moisture
For most people with moderate to severe dry eye, a
physical barrier over the eyes at night is a very important part of
treatment and prevention, to increase moisture and to prevent air
movement immediately around the eyes. Tear production is reduced
during the night and eyes are more vulnerable to the effects of
heating, air conditioning and ceiling fans. Many people's eyelids
do not close perfectly at night, exposing a small part of the
surface to excess drying - a condition often undetected which
Tranquileyes is also very helpful for. People with RCE may find
Tranquileyes helpful in erosion prevention by preventing sudden
eyelid movements that can trigger
Who is Tranquileyes best suited for? or
In terms of the overall benefits, this is the best
night coverage product I know of for dry eye, RCE or lagophthalmos,
so for anyone with severe night/morning symptoms I'd definitely try
this before any other product: It gives a full seal, adds moisture
(if you wet the moisture pads), and can help hold the lids closed
(see note below). It does the most, so it is the natural place to
start except in certain special needs
Comfort-wise, back sleepers will be happiest, and most
side sleepers will be fine too though it may take them longer to
adjust. But most stomach sleepers will find it too
If you're worried about being "blind" when you wake up
in the night, personally I don't find this an issue - I just push
it up my forehead - but if you are shopping for someone elderly or
disabled, this may be a much more serious consideration because of
the danger of falls, and you will also need to consider their
ability to care for the goggle properly (see below). If you have
concerns about either of these potential issues please check out
Quartz instead as a transparent, easy-care
If you're unwilling to wash the pads out daily and
purchase replacement foams now and then, don't buy this. Look at
alternative recommendations (below).
definitely not be used by anyone with ingrown
lashes and should not be used at any time that you have an
infection or anything causing unusual discharge from the eyes.
Personally I'd also avoid it if you have the icky sticky kind of
anterior blepharitis unless/until it's under really good control
but consult your doctor about this.
Tranquileyes is not compatible with most CPAP machines
(except the simple nasal pillows) - look at Onyix/Quartz
Anything special I need to know about using
Don't expect instant results. Some people will see
immediate benefits, but more commonly people become aware of how
it's helping after they've used it several days or even weeks. You
can return it irrespective of how long you have used it, so I
really encourage you to give it a fair trial. I have known a lot of
people who disliked it after the first use and gave up, but later
tried it again and ended up as daily
Maintenance. You're going to have to wash the moisture
pads after every use. No biggie really, maybe 30 seconds to rub
some cleanser or baby shampoo into them, rinse them and put in a
net bag to dry so they're ready for the next night. You also have
to replace the whole foam set (both the cushions on the goggle and
the center moisture pads) every couple of months, which can be a
little involved as you have to pull the old foam off, making sure
to completely remove any remaining adhesive, clean & dry them,
and press down a new set. Motivated users won't mind this but if
"hassle factor" is a big deal for you, you might want to look at
Comfort. The moisture pads may be either too thick or
too thin for some users, placing either more or less pressure on
the lids than you would like. If that's the case, you can use the
thinner "thermopads" or if you need more bulk, use a thermopad
behind the moisture pad. Also, some people really can't tolerate
anything touching their lids. It is possible to use Tranquileyes
without the moisture pads, but it's not ideal as the cushions to
the side can sort of cave in so they may be less durable. Check out
my notes on alternatives below for these
Cushions & skin. The cushions are usually very
comfortable for everyone and rarely leave any kind of indentation.
However, once in awhile I've had a customer whose skin reacted to
the foam, or whose skin was very susceptible to edema and retained
an impression of the foam longer than
Replacement foam. There are two types of foam -
unlined and lined. Your goggle will come fitted with lined foam but
you can choose which type you want as replacements. I recommend
trying both types eventually because people often develop a
preference for one over the other. If you use face products, I
recommend lined foam as it may be easier to keep clean. Some people
who don't read the description carefully panic that their goggle is
"falling apart" when the first set of cushions pulls away… it's
not, the foam just needs replacing.
Tini Bikini. The Tini Bikini wrap is a must-have
accessory for many users, including those who want to reduce foam
replacement costs (you wash the bikini instead of the cushions, so
the adhesive lasts longer) and those who use face products that
might soil the cushions frequently.
Durability. The eyecups last ages, BUT after a certain
age the foam sets won't stay stuck down as long. You may need a
replacement goggle every year or two. The head wrap stretches out
with time but this can be replaced without getting a new goggle.
The foam usually lasts 30-60 days with normal use (a common mistake
is to wash the cushion part too frequently… this dissolves the
adhesive prematurely) but I've had some customers who replaced it
much less frequently and a few who needed to replace it more
Any alternatives I should
The other two main categories of products to consider
for night protection are Onyix/Quartz and sleep
Onyix and Quartz (black and clear respectively,
otherwise identical) were designed specifically for CPAP users but
I've found that for many people they are an excellent alternative
to Tranquileyes, and they may be something you "downgrade" to as a
low-maintenance tool when dry eye symptoms are under better
Among sleep masks, the two most popular are Escape
which is a fairly stiff, large one with cavities over the eyes to
ensure nothing touches your lids, and Contour which also vaults the
eyes but is much lighter and thinner.
Some people have special needs which none of these
products can fully meet. Please call us at 877-693-7939 if you need
help finding the right kind of night protection, including products
not sold in the Dry Eye Shop.
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consulting your eye doctor. Always let your eye doctor know about
all products you are using, including over-the-counter and consumer
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