Warm Compresses / Lid Scrubs

  • Warm a wash cloth under hot water. Don’t burn yourself.
  • Place the warm washcloth on your closed eyelids for about 3 seconds. The washcloth transfers its heat quickly.
  • Re-warm the washcloth and repeat the process about 10 times. Really heat up the lids as this is probably where most of the relief comes from.
  • Then, using Dove soap, wash the closed eyelids off, moving side to side so as to not get the soap inside your eyes.

This whole process is one warm compress and lid scrub (WC/LS). 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 once a day for the rest of your life to keep them unplugged.

Styes need to do WC/LS 3-5 times a day for 2-4 weeks to get the gland unplugged and then once a day for life. Topical or oral antibiotics aren’t going to help.

You need to do WC/LS 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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