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Helping relieve Eye pain after eye/eyelid surgery/injection with warm compresses (eye-press)
Posted on January 1, 2015, 7:52 PM PDT

Helping relieve Eye pain after eye/eyelid surgery/injection with warm compresses (eye-press)

One of the most common reasons why people visit their eye doctors after surgery is eye or eyelid pain. A great majority of people who undergo any type of eye- or eyelid procedure (e.g., Cataract Surgery, LASIK, Intravitreal injections for Macular Degeneration, even Eyelid Plastic Surgery and Botox) experience what they describe as a “deep,” “throbbing” eye pain or a general discomfort in their eyes that does not resolve completely with their medications (steroid eye drops, topical NSAIDs, lubricating eye ointments, and artificial tears); some also complain of itchiness, tearing, redness, and even sensitivity to light. The same is true for people who have undergone an eyelid surgical procedure (e.g., blepharoplasty); they complain of occasional pain, tenderness, redness, itching, and even “tightness” of the affected area. In addition to the prescribed regimen of eye-drops and ointments, one of the most effective means of relieving these symptoms is the application of warm compresses (eye-press) to the inflamed eye/eyelid. Aside from improving the general hygiene of the eye that has recently undergone surgery/injection, the application of heat is extremely effective in relieving the “deep” pain and other symptoms that make the patients so uncomfortable. Depending on the severity of these symptoms, applying an eye-press to the closed eye can safely be repeated up to 3-4 times daily as needed.
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