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the parts of the goggle.
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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. The goggle is sold in kits with
varying quantities of spares and accessories, all of which can also
be purchased separately.
This kit contains:
(Excerpts from descriptions at
Tranquileyes eye 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
For the following feature
descriptions, please click on the photo above to see a labelled
picture of the foam side of the goggle.
Eye 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 eye.
Eye 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 uses.
Head 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
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 erosions.
Who is Tranquileyes best suited
for? or not?
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
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
Anything special I need to know
about using Tranquileyes?
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 alternatives.
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 when it comes time to purchase replacements, you may
want to try the other type. Often people usually 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 frequently.
How do I choose between all these
It doesn't really matter because you
can get everything separately later. All spares/accessories are
very light weight and can be sent via First Class Mail so the
shipping cost would be very low. The Chronic Dry Eye kit has always
been the most popular because it has everything you need for
several months and includes the really nice special cleanser for
the foam. If you're on a budget, go for the Basic. The 365 Day Kit
is a really nice gift; is a good deal for someone who already knows
they like the goggle and wants to get a lot of stuff at a good
price; and is great for customers outside the US to reduce shipping
costs; however, for first-time users, I recommend one of the
smaller kits just in case for some special reason it doesn't end up
being the right product for you.
Any alternatives I should
The other two main categories of
products to consider for night protection are Onyix/Quartz and
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 control.
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
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
DON'T IGNORE THIS
Please don't buy products from my
shop without consulting your eye doctor. Always let your eye doctor
know about all products you are using, including over-the-counter
and consumer products.
10/27/2015 – i tried to order tranquileyes as suggested by my Ophtalmologist. For some reason the computer says you can't send to Quebec. . . .
8/26/2015 – I am a serious stomach sleeper. Any suggestions?
6/22/2014 – I am a CPEO patient and after 3 surgeries (to lift and then lower my lids) my eyes do not close all the way and my right . . .
6/18/2014 – Hi, I constantly rub my eyes in my sleep, resulting in sore eyes and the skin around them being red. Will these goggles . . .
3/5/2014 – my doc told me to use moist heat. can i use a warm washcloth and put the heated rice baggy on top of it?
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