Nocturnal lagophthalmos and recurrent erosion

Br J Ophthalmol. 1976 Feb;60(2):97-103. doi: 10.1136/bjo.60.2.97.


The symptoms and corneal changes caused by sleeping with one or both eyes open are described in 102 patients. The clinical picture is identical to that of the microform recurrent erosion. The close relationship between the micro- and macro-forms of recurrent corneal erosion suggests that the latter condition is also precipitated by nocturnal lagophthalmos.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking
  • Chloramphenicol / therapeutic use
  • Corneal Diseases / etiology*
  • Eyelid Diseases / complications*
  • Eyelid Diseases / drug therapy
  • Eyelid Diseases / etiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sleep


  • Chloramphenicol