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Heated Eye Pad for Dry Eyes, Blepharitis and Styes

heated eye pad for dry eyes

Heated Eye Pad for Dry Eyes, Blepharitis and Styes.

Dry eyes is a chronic, progressive condition from which many people suffer. It is one of the most common ocular conditions, and one of the most common complaints that I hear from my patients. Symptoms usually include burning, stinging, tearing, redness, and a dry, sandy feeling in the eyes. Often-times these symptoms can lead to fluctuating vision, and more rarely, scarring of the cornea (the clear front window to the eye). While there are several different types of dry eye syndrome (DES), the most prevalent by far is evaporative dry eye. At Shore Eye Associates, we have recently begun an innovative treatment of evaporative DES and have already had great success with the patients who have utilized it.

Evaporative dry eye is caused by either an insufficient or poor quality oil layer in the tear film. Oil is secreted from glands in the eyelids called meibomian glands, and this oil is designed to sit on top of the water layer of the tear film to prevent evaporation off the ocular surface. In cases of eyelid disease, known as blepharitis or meibomitis, the glands produce oil with a buttery or cheesy consistency (like Crisco) instead of a good quality oil (with the consistency of olive oil). If good quality oil is not produced, the tears evaporate quickly, and the symptoms discussed above then ensue.

For years, the treatment for evaporative DES has been warm compresses applied to the eyelids. The heat penetrates the eyelids and turns the oil from “Crisco” into “olive oil.” However, conventional warm compresses have several disadvantages: they do not stay hot enough for long enough, and they do not apply the heat evenly across the eyelids. This is where the Digital Heated Eye Pad comes in. Worn like a pair of glasses, the heated contacts rest lightly against the eyelids. The patient relaxes in the chair, the glasses are plugged into an outlet, and the contacts gently heat to an optimal temperature. The treatment lasts for 15-20 minute per session and most patients notice significant relief even after one treatment.

While this is not a cure for DES, patients may feel relief after only one session that they may not have felt in years. Home warm compresses, lid hygiene, and re-wetting eye drops may still be needed on a long-term basis. However, if you have had dry eyes with little relief from conventional therapies, feel free to discuss the use of the Digital Heated Eye Pad at your next office visit. 

To see how the Heated Eye Pad Treatment is used watch the video below:

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