Eye Conditions That May Benefit From Warm Compresses
The application of warm compresses to the eyelids has been recognized as the “mainstay treatment” for a number of extremely common eye conditions, including styes, chalazia, and blepharitis. The practice of applying warm compresses to the lids and washing the eyelashes with baby shampoo has been supported by a multitude of scientific studies as a safe and highly effective treatment.
Eye-presses are self-heating, reusable warm compresses that have been specifically designed for use on the eyes. The following eye and eyelid conditions can be treated by Eye-Press:
A Hordeolum, more commonly known as a stye, is a localized infectious “abscess” that forms around the margin of the eyelids. Styes result from a bacterial infection of an eyelash follicle and / or an adjacent sweat or oil gland. Symptoms include redness, tenderness, and pain in the affected area. Sensitivity to light, tearing, and irritation or “scratching” during blinking are also common. Warm compresses are the number one recommended treatment for styes.
A chalazion is essentially a “pimple” that forms in the eyelid as the result of the spontaneous blockage of the glands that drain just behind the eyelash follicles. Aside from being visually unsightly, chalazion can cause swelling, pain, irritation, tearing, and even blurry vision caused by pressure on the eye. A chalazion is not an infection and does not respond to topical antibiotics.
A common eye / eyelid condition, blepharitis causes crusty, red, swollen eyelids that burn, itch, and create sensations similar to having sand in the eyes. Considered one of the most common eye and eyelid conditions in the world, blepharitis is associated with a skin condition known as acne rosacea and can also lead to repeated stye and chalazion formation.
Dry eye syndrome, also known as keratoconjunctivitis, sicca, and Sjogren’s syndrome, affects millions of people. The human cornea, similar to a dolphin’s skin or the mucosa inside the mouth, must be kept moist at all times. When it dries, it can chap, become very sensitive, burn, and cause considerable discomfort. As 90% of the ability to focus light comes from the refractive power of the cornea, dry eye syndrome can affect vision tremendously.
Conjunctivitis, more commonly known as pink eye, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the outer layer of the eye and inner surface of the eyelids. Commonly caused by an infection or allergic reaction, conjunctivitis can cause redness, swelling, and excessive tearing. Depending on the underlying cause, such as the type of infection, symptoms may also include itching and discharge.
Irritation caused by contact lenses can create a number of unwanted and uncomfortable symptoms, including redness, swelling, itching, and discomfort. Warm compresses can safely and effectively alleviate these and other similar symptoms.
Pain symptoms caused by swelling and pressure after surgery, as well as by various infections, can be substantially alleviated during the recovery process by using warm compresses. In addition to reducing pain and reducing symptoms, warm compresses can also prevent the risk for infections and other complications.
Creating the healthiest, cleanest ocular surface possible before eye and eyelid procedures and surgery have been proven to improve post-operative outcomes. Additionally, proper eye and eyelid hygiene can effectively treat infections and limit their ability to spread or worsen. A regular eye hygiene regimen is also a highly effective preventative measure that reduces your risk for other conditions, infections, and complications.
Cellulitis is a type of inflammation and infection of the eyelid and tissues around the eye. When tissue in front of the orbital septum is affected, the condition is known as preseptal cellulitis, and when tissues posterior to the orbital septum are affected the condition is known as orbital cellulitis. For serious symptoms, antibiotic and / or surgical treatment can be used. Warm compresses can also aid in reducing pain and inflammation and alleviating symptoms.
Canalaniculitis is an infection of the tubes that connect the eye to the lacrimal sac, which drains tears into the nose. For unknown reasons, these tubes can become infected by bacteria or fungi, resulting in redness, swelling, pain, and a yellowish discharge that comes from the corners of the eyes. Although canalaniculitis is a condition that requires antibiotics for treatment, warm compresses can help relieve symptoms and aid in recovery.
Dacryosytitis is an infection of the lacrimal sac, which connects the eyelid to the nose, allowing tears to flow into the nose. As the result of obstructions and other factors, this structure can become infected and cause a painful bulge between the nose and the corner of the eyes. Procedures that drain fluid into the nose are often the chosen treatment method, but until that time, warm compresses can significantly help improve symptoms and alleviate irritation.
An infection that affects the lacrimal glands, or tear-producing glands, dacryoadenitis can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms, including excessive tearing or discharge and pain in the affected area. Swelling can also be severe enough to cause complications and distort vision by placing pressure on the eye. In most cases, rest and warm compresses are the recommended treatment.
Herpes zoster ophthalmicus is essentially shingles affecting the eyes and eyelids. A viral disease, herpes zoster in patients who have had chickenpox and have the virus reactivated, usually as the result of a weakening immune system. The condition can cause painful localized rashes, blisters, and other symptoms that can be alleviated with the use of warm compresses.