Gel is also a good idea - just don't get anything medicated!!
Have you talked to your eye Dr about
this? Some people have had success with eye plugs - essentially they plug up the drains in your eyes so more fluid is retained in the eye.
If they are glued shut with crusty residue you may have an eye infection called "pink eye" -- see your Dr!
Hope this helps,
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
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