With a large range of treatment options for dry eye relief, warm compresses are a staple in any at-home routine. A warm compress is used to improve the function of the meibomian glands. The heat liquefies the oil in the meibomian glands. The melting point of the oil is 43°C. This liquifying improves the stability of the tear film to improve tear evaporation.
Types of Warm Compresses
There are several ways to do warm compresses from warm washcloths to masks created specifically for dry eye. You can start this at-home treatment easily with a warmed rice bag or a washcloth dipped in warm water. However, these methods are not the most effective due to the cloth cooling down too quickly and may be less convenient.
At Optical Studio, we carry a mask designed specifically for dry eye. The Bruder Moist Heat Eye Compress uses patented technology and ergonomic design to:
- Improve the tear film
- Slow tear evaporation time
- Help clear oil from the meibomian glands
The Bruder Mask uses their patented MediBeads technology to ensure a more consistent and controlled temperature. MediBeads are silver-infused beads that are naturally anti-bacterial. Also, the beads absorb water molecules to the centre to ensure an even and moist heat. In addition to the patented beads, the Bruder Mask is designed with the separate pods that sit on the eye socket to be comfortable for everyone while providing effective moist heat.
How to Use a Warm Compress
- Warm the mask into the microwave for 15 – 20 seconds.
- Place the mask over your eyes.
- Warm a cup of water in the microwave, but it doesn’t need to be scalding hot.
- Dip a clean washcloth in the cup and ring out any excess water.
- Place the cloth over your eyes. You may have to re-dip and resoak.
Usually, you want to do the warm compresses for at least 10 minutes once a day. After doing the compress, you may notice some blurriness. This is from the oil being expressed from your glands. Book an appointment with one of our seven optometrists to determine the best treatment plan for your symptoms.