What is a Bruder mask?
A Bruder mask, or Bruder Moist Heat Eye Compress, is a nice option for those with meibomian gland dysfunction and those who want Bruder's patented MediBeads technology. The Bruder mask helps stabilize the tear film, improves oil gland function found in the eyelids, and slows tear evaporation. The beads inside the mask absorb water from the air, so after the mask is heated in the microwave, it produces a moist heat.
How long does a Bruder mask last?
As long as you take care of your mask, a warm compress such as this can last for years. To wash the mask, hand wash the outside with a damp cloth and simple soap. Allow the mask to dry for at least 24 hours before reusing the mask. We recommend washing in this way at least once per week and using a hypochlorous acid cleanser, such as Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser, on the mask after each use.
How do you clean a Bruder mask?
The Bruder Eye Compress is washable with soap and water, although it is recommended to not submerge the entire mask in water.To wash the mask, hand wash the outside with a damp cloth and mild soap. Allow the mask to dry for at least 24 hours before reusing the mask. We recommend washing in this way at least once per week and spraying a hypochlorous acid cleanser, such as Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser, on the mask after each use.
How do you use Bruder eye compress moist heat?
To use a warm compress such as the Bruder Moist Heat Eye Compress, simply place the mask in your microwave and heat for 15-20 seconds. Remove the mask from the microwave and test the temperature on the inside of your wrist, ensuring it’s not too hot for your eyelids. Place the warm mask over your closed eyelids for 10-20 minutes, reheating as necessary. Repeat once or twice daily to maintain meibomian gland function.
Is hot compress good for eyes?
A hot or warm compress can be great for symptom relief from dry eyes, blepharitis, and meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). The thought is that the warmth from the compress will soften the oils that may be stagnant and blocking the meibomian glands. When oils are released continually, the glands can function more normally and make healthier oil for the tear film. Although there is some evidence that using a mask that is too hot for too long can disrupt the cornea, heat from a commercial warm compress will not be hot enough for this issue to occur.
What does a heated eye mask do?
The heat from a warm compress will soften the oils that may be stagnant and blocking the meibomian glands of the eyelids. When oils are able to be released continually, the glands can function more normally and make healthier oil for the tear film. Heated eye masks can help provide symptom relief for dry eyes, meibomian gland dysfunction, and blepharitis, although they are not a cure for these diseases.
How do you heat an eye mask?
It is very easy to heat a hot compress as you just place it in the microwave on high for 15-20 seconds (microwaves vary). Test the hot compress on the inside of your wrist to assure that it is not too hot and will not burn your eyelids. Place the warm compress over closed eyes for 15-20 minutes, reheating as necessary.
How do you permanently treat dry eyes?
While there is no cure for dry eye disease, it can often be managed well through natural means. Before all else, we recommend implementing an antiinflammatory diet based on whole foods and plants. Eating this way will ensure that you are filling your body with antioxidants and nutrients instead of with processed foods, extra sugar, and bad fats. Hydration is also important. You can learn more in the book,Rethinking Dry Eye Treatment. In addition to this, knowing what has caused your dry eye will be necessary in finding the right treatments for you. Work with your doctor to discover this. Lastly, ensure that you follow a great eyelid hygiene regimen. Thoroughly remove any makeup, wash your face, and use an eyelid cleanser such as hypochlorous acid twice per day.Click here to read more about Dr. Jenna Zigler’s eyelid hygiene routine.