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Warm Compresses for Dry Eye Disease aka The Home Spa Therapy!

Helping Dry Eye with Warm Compresses

In the previous lesson, we discussed that one cause of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) is terminal duct obstruction. This means that the oil is hardening to the point that it is blocking the exit where the oil would usually spread onto the eye. This occurs because the oil thickens and is not as fluid as it used to be. Increasing the quality of the oil you intake, which we talked about the last lesson, is one way to help prevent this. Another way is to heat up the oil to help it become more fluid.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction



The analogy I like to use with my patients is a stick of butter. Butter is hard when it is room temperature, but as soon as heat is applied to it, it becomes a liquid. Applying heat to the hardened oil inside your glands will do the same thing. It will melt it, turning the oil into a fluid that flows easier. After heating the eyelids, we want to help our eyelids express the oil, so it reaches our eye easier.

Heyedrate's Dry Eye Warm Compress


We prescribe Heyedrate's Home Spa Therapy Mask in our clinic. Our eye mask has a silk exterior and an interior of flaxseed for a relaxing, therapeutic experience. Instructions on using this mask are very simple.

  1. First, microwave the mask for 15-20 seconds.
  2. Second, place over your closed eyes for about 15-20 minutes.
  3. After that time, remove the mask and GENTLY massage the closed eyelid area.
  4. Repeat twice a day for maximum benefits. It’s that easy.
You can think of it like a spa day... every day!

 

One Love,

Dr. Travis Zigler

Dr. Travis Zigler 

SeeEO of Eye Love

 

Today we’re going to discuss one of my favorite parts of dry eye treatment that I call the Home Spa Therapy. In previous lessons, we discussed that one cause of meibomian gland dysfunction or MGD is terminal duct obstruction. This means that the oil is hardening to the point that it is blocking the exit where the oil would normally spread onto the eye. This occurs because the oil thickens and is not as fluid as it used to be. Increasing the quality of the oil you intake, which we talked about last lesson (and by taking Eye Love’s dry eye omega-3) is one way to help prevent this. Another way is to heat up the oil and help it become more fluid. The analogy I like to use with my patients is a stick of butter. Butter is hard when it’s in the refrigerator, softer at room temperature, and as soon as heat is applied to it, it becomes a liquid. Applying heat to a hardened oil inside the glands will do the exact same thing. It will melt that oil turning it into a fluid that flows more easily.

After heating the eyelids, we want to help our eyelids express the oil so it reaches our eye more easily. We do this with a gentle massage to the closed eyelids. In our clinic, we prescribe Eye Loves Dry Eye Mask. Our eye mask has a silk exterior and an interior of flaxseed and lavender for a relaxing, therapeutic experience. Instructions on using this mask are very simple. First, you remove the flaxseed packet and microwave it for about 15-20 seconds. Second, place over your closed eyelids for about 15-20 minutes as shown here by Dr. Jenna. After that, remove the mask and gently massage the eyelids. Repeat this twice a day for maximum benefits (definitely use at least once a day). And if you’re in a rush, you can always accomplish this in the shower as well by applying warm water to your closed eyelids and doing a gentle massage. It’s that easy. You can think of this like a spa day every day.

Like all of our products, if you’re not 100% satisfied, simply email us and we’ll give you a full refund. Visit dryeyecommunity.com to get your $5 gift card for Eye Love’s Dry Eye Mask today. In the next video, we will be talking about eye drops. Thanks for listening!

 

[0:00] Introduction of Dr. Travis Zigler. He will be sharing a slide show with us about Dry Eye and one treatment that works well is the "home spa therapy".

[0:10] Dr. Travis Zigler begins with the first slide and reminds us that in the last lesson we learned one cause of MGD is terminal duct obstruction. 

[0:20] MGD occurs because the oil thickens and is not as fluid as it used to be.

[0:28] Increasing the quality of the oil you intake, which we talked about last lesson (and by taking Eye Love’s dry eye omega-3) is one way to help prevent this

[0:37] Another way is to heat up the oil and help it become more fluid. Dr. Travis Zigler explains it by showing on a slide a picture of hardened butter melting when applying heat. he uses the example that it is like a stick of butter. Butter is hard when it’s in the refrigerator, softer at room temperature, and as soon as heat is applied to it, it becomes a liquid.

[1:00] After heating the eyelids, we need to help express the oil from our eyelids.

[1:12] Our eye mask has a silk exterior and an interior of flaxseed and lavender for a relaxing, therapeutic experience.

[1:18] Instructions on using the Eye Love mask are very simple. First, you remove the flaxseed packet and microwave it for about 15-20 seconds. Second, place over your closed eyelids for about 15-20 minutes as shown here by Dr. Jenna. After that, remove the mask and gently massage the eyelids. Repeat this twice a day for maximum benefits (definitely use at least once a day). 

[1:51] It's that simple! In the next video we will be discussing eye drops.

[2:14] Head on over to our facebook community Dry Eye Syndrome Support page.

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