Warm compresses are very
helpful in treating the signs and symptoms of poor quality tears from dry eye,
blepharitis or poor quality eyelid oil production. In fact, they are the
first line of therapy and are all that most people need to improve their tear
I recommend a hot washcloth ─
warm it with shower temperature water, then place it over your closed
eyes. The washcloth will cool down after a few moments and then you will
warm the cloth again with the hot tap water. Place the warm cloth on the
eyes and repeat the cycle for 4-5 minutes to get the eyelids nice and
warm. Then, using a finger, gently massage the upper and lower eyelids
(moving the finger left and right along the lids is great) to help the warm
oils come out of the eyelids and mix with the tears. This helps improve
tear quality and can reduce the sensation of dryness, irritation, itching,
burning and may improve the quality of vision as well.
Some patients purchase a heat
mask that is filled with gel. The mask is placed into the microwave and
warmed per instructions from the mask’s manufacturer. You then place the
mask on your face for 4-5 minutes. This method is less messy and typically
more convenient for many patients. You should be careful that you don’t
overheat the mask as a burn on the eyelids and face may result. Once the lids
are warm, eyelid massage can be used as described above.
Our office carries the Bruder
Microwave-Activated Eye Hydrating Compress, which
features patented MediBeads ®
technology. Water molecules are continuously
absorbed and stored from the air. When microwaved the water is released as
clean, therapeutic and moist heat.
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