Dry eyes are extremely common and the market place is packed with all types of eye drops to lubricate, clean, brighten the eyes.
A consultant ophthalmic surgeon, Mr Teifi James, practicing in West Yorkshire has developed and clinically trialled an EyeBag after years of treating patients with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, which is a common cause of dry irritable eyes.
The EyeBag is a silk and suedex device which can be re-heated up to 200 times in a microwave. Simply heat for 30 or 40 seconds on full power and the EyeBag will stay warm for up to 10 minutes.
The idea being the heat from the bag radiates into the glands of the eyelids releasing their natural secretions. This has several beneficial effects. It clears out block ducts, lubricate the tear film and looses any removes any debris from the lashes. If this treatment brings last results then it is an extremely natural way to restore the eye to its normal function.
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Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is a feature of many Dry Eyes Syndromes and a major cause of Blepharitis. Whenever the Meibomian glands are dysfunctional, the oily secretion that they normally produce, (known as meibom) becomes more greasy and viscous. The melting point of the oil goes up to about 39 degrees centigrade, so the secretions are semisolid. The meibomian oil cannot flow onto the eyelid margins and fails to ‘lubricate the blink’. These conditions lead to an awareness of the eyes with burning gritty discomfort, and all the usual symptoms such as; feeling there is something in the eye, scratchy sore eyes, bleary vision lasting a few moments and which clears with repeated blinking, soreness when reading so that you feel unable to read for more than 10 or 15 minutes without resting the eyes. All of these symptoms improve with regular EyeBag use.
Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, Contact Lens Practitioners, GPs, Nurses and other health professionals, frequently recommend the application of regular warm compresses to melt the solidified meibomian secretions. Usually the warm compresses are applied twice daily. The EyeBag maintains a temperature of over 40 degrees C. for 8 minutes. Hot wet flannel treatment is less effective as the flannel cools rapidly and the Meibomian secretions are not softened adequately.
Conditions which usually benefit from regular twice daily EyeBag treatment are:
* Dry Eyes Syndrome
* Eyelid Cysts (Meibomian cysts know as chalazion, pronounced Ka-lazy-on, which is the Greek word for a hailstone) * Contact Lens Dry Eyes
* Corneal Laser Dry Eyes
* Seborrhoeic dermatitis
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