Warm Compresses / Lid Scrubs

  • Warm a wash cloth or paper towel under hot water. Don’t burn yourself.
  • Place the warm washcloth or paper towel on your closed eyelids for about 2 seconds. The washcloth transfers its heat quickly.
  • Re-heat the washcloth and repeat the process 20 times. Really heat up the lids as this is where most of the benefit comes from.

Significant cases of Meibomianitis and Blepharitis need to do this 2-3 times a day for 2-3 weeks to get the glands unplugged, and then twice a day for the rest of your life to keep them unplugged.

For styes  WC needs to be done 5 times a day for 2-4 weeks to get the gland unplugged and then twice a day for life. Topical or oral antibiotics aren’t going to replace warm compresses.

You need to do WC every day for life for control of these conditions. There are no magic bullets here.

This web site has taken most of its information from the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Preferred Practice Patterns publications. Each person’s medical condition is unique and all information should be reviewed with their ophthalmologist before deciding on any course of action. We cannot be held responsible for any use, misuse or outcomes from the information contained herein. Thank you.

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