Warm Compresses (or hot compresses) are to be applied over the eyelids with your eyes closed. They are used in the treatment of Dry Eye, Ocular Surface Disorder, and most notably Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.
How They Work
Warm Compresses work by loosening up hardened oil that clogs the meibomian glands (oil glands) in the eyelid. Just as as steam in a sauna is used to open and cleanse the pores of your skin, warm compresses are used to open and clense the pores of your eye.
Warm Compress Directions
- Warm Washcloth - take a washcloth, run it under warm/hot water (*be sure that water is not hot enough to burn yourself). Ring out washcloth so all you are left with is a warm damp washcloth. Close your eyes, and lay the washcloth on your eyelids for approximately 10 minutes. This method does not retain heat very well so you may need to re-heat the washcloth during that time.
- Rice Baggy - Using a microwaved rice filled bag, close your eyes, and lay the warm bag on your eyelids. Again, do this for 10 minutes. (*Warning: rice bags can be very hot and will easily burn the eyelid skin. Please use caution when using this method).
- Other traditional methods know to be used: Tea bags, boiled egg, baked potato.
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