warm compresses

A warm compress can be used to treat many eye conditions.  For example, warm compresses can be used with dry eye to improve tear flow. Warmth is also useful in cases of blepharitis to increase the flow of oil from the meibomian glands.  Warm compresses are usually recommended in cases of chalazion or styes as they help drain them faster and heat-induced dilation of blood vessels can help oral antibiotics target the involved skin. There are many ways to apply a warm compress. Most people find it easiest to fill a bowl with warm water, dip a washcloth in the water, and apply the damp cloth to the closed eyes. The cloth cools quickly so the process can repeated several times. Other people like to use warm packs with the eyes, though care must be used to not burn the sensitive eyelids.

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Dr. Timothy Root is a practicing ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon in Daytona Beach, Florida. His books, video lectures, and training resources can be found at:

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