There are many products on the market today that are designed to provide heat to the eyelids. The common denominator of all of these products is that they need to be heated in a microwave or boiling water; this is a very dangerous prospect as they can get too hot and cause thermal burns to the eyelid skin. In fact, 2nd degree burns to the eyelids have been reported in the literature from using these products. These products stay warm for about one-two minutes at a comfortable temperature before they need to be reheated again to be clinically effective.
Eye-presses have the advantage of being SELF-HEATING: they reach 55 degrees Celsius in a matter of a few seconds and stay warm for about 5 minutes, which is the ultimate duration of heat necessary to treat these very common conditions according to many scientific sources https://eyepress1.wpengine.com/scientific-literature. The other advantage of the Eye-press is that it never exceeds 55C temperature (this maximum temperature is naturally controlled by the thermodynamic nature of the chemical reaction that takes place inside); this feature makes our product completely safe for use on the eyes and prevents thermal burns to the eyelid skin. This is especially important in children whose eyelid skin is extremely delicate and particularly prone to thermal injury.
There are also a variety of detergents and eyelid “wipes” available on the market that promote eyelid hygiene. These products provide the user with a tear-free formulation that doesn’t burn if it gets in the eye, while washing away debris on the eyelash margin. These wipes are effective, but they work best when used in the presence of heat. Eye-presses combine these two factors (i.g., the steady-state heat + the tear-free detergent) simultaneously to provide for a safe, convenient, and clinically effective exercise, unlike anything else that is currently available.
Eye-presses have been designed by a board-certified ophthalmologist who is an expert in treating conditions that affect both the eyelids, as well as the ocular surface, and this invention is protected by 3 U.S. Patents
ABOUT THE INVENTOR:
Meet the inventor, Dr. A. Ebbie Soroudi, MD, MS
The Eye-press was invented and developed by Dr. Ebbie Soroudi, MD, MS, a board-certified eye & eyelid surgeon, biomedical engineer, and author.
During the course of his medical and surgical training, Dr. Soroudi encountered so many occasions where his patients were told to “put a hot compress” on their eyes, and “wash their eyelids/lashes with baby shampoo/lid wipes.” While this was a very effective treatment, he found that the way people did this was very rudimentary and differed greatly between person to person: some used hot potatoes/eggs, some used hot towels dipped in boiling water, some used (and still use) microwave-heated compresses, all of which either BURN the eyes, or they don’t stay hot for a long-enough period to be effective.
The Eye-presses have the advantage of not requiring an outside heating source (like a microwave); they reach a comfortable 55C within a few seconds on their own, and NEVER EXCEED that temperature, making this a very safe alternative.
Further, they stay hot for about 5 minutes at the same temperature, which is just perfect duration of heat for conditions like Sties, Blepharitis, Dry Eyes, and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. The product is pre-moistened with baby shampoo which gently cleans the lashes and it is designed to be reused multiple times.
Dr. Soroudi completed his undergraduate studies in Biomedical Engineering and graduated with high honors (magna cum laude) from the USC School of Engineering honors program (ranked as one of the best in the country). Here, he was one of the youngest recipients of the coveted Howard Hughes Award for his research.
After graduating from USC, he was presented with the opportunity to utilize his engineering background to help develop a technology that would treat ocular/orbital tumors without the need for surgery. He obtained his Master of Science Degree in only one year (a two year program) at UCLA and completed his thesis at the world famous Jules Stein Eye Institute.
Dr. Soroudi obtained his Medical Doctorate Degree from the UC Irvine College of Medicine, where again, he was honored with one of the most competitive research awards by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that allowed him the opportunity to train and do research at the world famous National Eye Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.
Having developed a great deal of interest in Reconstructive Surgery as well as Eye Surgery, Dr. Soroudi completed numerous externships in the field of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at UC Irvine, USC, UCLA, as well as Stanford University where he published his work in the Annals of Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Soroudi obtained extensive surgical training at the LA County Hospital in East Los Angeles as a surgery intern, and completed his residency and served as chief resident in Ophthalmology at the LA County Hospital in South Central Los Angeles (a Level-I Trauma Center) under the supervision of internationally recognized eye surgeons from the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute.
Dr. Soroudi then spent a year at the Division of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA where he had the opportunity to pursue his research interests on Thyroid-related (Graves) Orbital Disease and learn more about complicated eyelid surgery. His research findings here have been published in the prestigious Journal of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery multiple times.
Dr. Soroudi also completed a clinical fellowship exclusively in kerato-refractive surgery at the Cedar-Sinai Medical Center’s Laser Eye Associates, where he obtained sub-specialty training in performing all-laser and “flapless” LASIK, and gained extensive experience to implant intacs to treat a condition called Keratoconus.
Since starting private practice in 2005, Dr. Soroudi has successfully restored sight to the thousands of people who have sought his help from every continent. He is on volunteer staff at the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Insitute as Clinical Instructor of Ophthalmology, he is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, International Society of Refractive Surgery, as well as the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.
Dr. Soroudi is passionate about causes that help prevent blindness and assist those who are visually impaired. He is a major contributor to the Beyond Vision Music Foundation that raises money for blind children to learn how to play musical instruments. He regularly performs pro bono work for people going blind from severe diabetes, and through his charity work, he has saved literally hundreds of people from going totally blind from diabetes and glaucoma.