Hot Compress Eye Masks For Effective & Rapid Dry Eye Relief
If you are suffering from mild to moderate dry eye symptoms, such as itchy and gritty eyes, this low tech solution may be just what you need. Hot compress eye masks are easy to use and a natural way to treat blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), and specifically – chronic dry eye disease.
What Is Dry Eye Disease?
Dry eye disease (DES) is a condition where the eyes chronically feel dry, irritated, and uncomfortable. This is due to either insufficient or poor quality tears. Other symptoms include:
- Watery eyes – the eyes may overproduce tears to compensate for the lack of lubrication
- Red eyes
- Fatigued eyes
- Sore or achy eyes
- Blurred vision
- Photophobia (light sensitivity)
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and suspect you may have dry eye, speak with Dr. Fuerst or Dr. Gittins about the latest dry eye treatments available. Hot compress eye masks are one of the recommended methods for relieving dry eye.
How Does A Hot Compress Eye Mask Provide Dry Eye Relief?
A hydrating hot compress eye mask contains special beads that continuously absorb and store water molecules from the air. When the mask is warmed up in the microwave, the clean, natural moist heat immediately begins to provide soothing relief for your eyes. A heated eye mask helps stabilize the tear film, improves oil gland function, and slows tear evaporation.
After using the mask, your hydrated and lubricated eyes will be able to expel bacteria and debris more efficiently so your eyes feel refreshed and rejuvenated. The heat from the mask also helps unblock meibomian glands and produce more tears.
Contact Dr. Fuerst or Dr. Gittins to discuss your dry eye symptoms and to determine whether hot compress eye masks are the right treatment for you.
Dry Eye Center at EYEcenter Optometric serves patients in Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville, Elk Grove, and throughout California .