A Better Warm Compress for Your Eyes? TearRestore Review and Demo
The founder of TearRestore, Ken DauSchmidt, has always been fascinated by eyes. While he didn’t pursue a career in the eye care field, he did find that he loved working with all of the technology that optometrists and ophthalmologists have available to them. This led him on a path that eventually resulted in TearRestore, an innovative warm compress that allows you to go about your day without skipping a beat.
What is TearRestore?
While working with dry eye patients as an ophthalmic technician, Ken noticed how widespread dry eye disease is and how much of a difference the correct treatment can make on quality of life. Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) affects an estimated 80% of those with dry eye disease, and one of the only ways to treat this condition is to warm the glands with the ultimate goal being to warm the oils within them to get the oil flowing again.
The traditional warm eye compress is somewhat difficult for patient compliance because it requires the patient to sit with their eyes closed for a period of at least ten minutes. This isn’t feasible for many people, so Ken set out to create an open-eye warm compress that patients would actually enjoy using.
TearRestore is the product of this vision. The meibomian gland applicators match the anatomy of the eyelid, which results in a targeted treatment where you need it. TearRestore's specialized heat pack assures patients and clinicians that therapeutic levels of heat are being supplied to the meibomian glands at every treatment.
This was studied by the company during development of the product, and it was found that even though the meibomian glands were not in full direct contact with the compress, the upper eyelid is thin enough that it radiates the heat from the brow area onto the terminal edge of the eyelids. The lower eyelids are not an issue because constant, direct heat will be applied to that area with this compress on.
How to Use TearRestore
TearRestore is simple to use and requires no microwave. Within the heat pack there is a small metal disc. Simply press the center of the metal disc with your thumb or forefinger, as this will activate the pack and you will begin to feel the heat moving throughout the mask. TearRestore heats up initially to 116 degrees Fahrenheit and maintains a temperature above 104 degrees (therapeutic heat level) for ten minutes.
The reusable TearRestore mask has specially designed hooks on the back of the mask around the eye holes. Simply match the eye holes of the heat pack with the mask and hook the edges of the heat pack onto the mask.
Then, place the TearRestore mask and activated heat pack over your head and adjust it to be able to see through the eye holes. Pull the straps until comfortable then relax and/or continue on with your day. Each heat pack can be used up to 90 times before needing to be replaced.
After use, the TearRestore heat packs are easily reactivated in boiling water or using their one-click kettle. The boiling water returns the heat packs into a liquid in a few minutes. Once the pack has become liquid, simply let it cool and reactivate it at your convenience.
Who Can Use TearRestore?
Anyone with MGD can use the TearRestore device. It is especially great for those patients without a microwave, since using traditional microwaveable warm compresses is not an option. Warm compresses are the standard of care for MGD, and the TearRestore does a great job at applying the correct amount of heat to the glands for the proper amount of time.
Those with busy lives will find that TearRestore is a great option for those times when a warm compress is needed but forced relaxation in the moment is not an option.
Studies on TearRestore
Before releasing this product, the company conducted a bit of research to ensure that the warm compress was going to accomplish what they set out to do. They initially tested the product on 12 eyes, and results were measured with the LipiView II. They found a 30% improvement in lipid layer thickness after the treatment, which indicates that it will likely perform well for those with MGD and lipid layer issues. In addition to this outcome, it may be even more beneficial because patients are blinking during the use of TearRestore and this can help with expression of the oils. SPEED scores were also improved by over 40% after just one treatment.