Warm compresses and eyelid scrubs are often recommended for eye lid diseases.

Sty (Hordeolum).

This is when an eyelid oil gland becomes plugged and infected.  This produces a tender nodule in the eyelid.  The usual treatment is warm compresses.  This increases the blood flow to the eyelid which helps in the natural healing.  Antibiotics usually are not helpful because the infection is inside the eyelid.  If the sty is draining or if the eye is becoming infected antibiotics are used.  In rare cases when sty's do not resolve on their own oral antibiotics are used.

Chalazion.

After the body kills off the bacteria in a sty there is often a non-tender hard nodule in the eyelid.  The usual treatment is warm compresses.  They do not resolve quickly but usually will eventually resolve.  If the chalazion does not resolve it can be removed surgically.

Blepharitis.

This condition is manifest as greasy looking scales near the oil glands.  The usual treatment is warm compresses, which help loosen the scales and eyelid scrubs with OCuSOFT lid cleanser.

Meibomian gland dysfuntion (MGD).

Often the oil in the oil glands becomes thicker than normal and plug up the glands.  Normal oil is the consistancy of olive oil.   In MGD the oil has the consistancy of tooh paste.  MGD is a very common cause of dry eye syndrome.  Treatment is warm compresses and eyelid scrubs with OCuSOFT eyelid cleanser.   The warmth will make the thick oil melt and become more liquid so it can be expressed more naturally.  The scrubs help express the oil.   Sometimes the eye doctor has to mannualy express the thick oil so fresh thin can be released.

Demodex infestations.

Demodex mites are parasites that live in our eyebrows, eyelashes, nose, and scalp. The classic Demodex sign is a pyramiding of the skin around a fair follicle.  Treatment consists of frequent warm compresses, eyelid scrubs with OCuSOFT eye lid cleanser and an antibiotic ointment that is applied to the eyelid margins at bed time.

Purchase a package of OTC OCuSOFT Lid Scrub Plus Formula.  First, wash your hands.  Open the OCuSoft wrapper. Close one eye and rub the eyelid cleanser pad side to side along the eyelid margins.  Avoid touching the eye itself.  Afterwards you do not need to rinse the eyelids.  Throw the pad away.

How to do the warm compresses:

Dampen a washcloth and microwave it for about 10 seconds. CAUTION!! Be careful not to get the washcloth too hot or you can cause injury.  Test the washcloth with an instant read thermometer to make sure it is not too hot prior to putting it on your face. An ideal temperature would be about 105 degrees.  If too hot wait, for it to cool and next time decrease the microwave time. Place the hot washcloth on your closed eyelids for 3-5 minutes.  The more often you do the compress the greater the benefit.  For acute conditions like a sty do the compress three or four times a day.  A minimum frequency should be at least twice a day.

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