When performed properly, warm compresses provide heat and gentle pressure to the eyelids, helping to express natural oils into the tears.
Think about it like heating up a stick of butter. When butter is heated, it melts and flows much more easily than hard butter does.
The combination of heat and pressure also opens up vessels in the lids to allow white blood cells (the infection-fighting, garbage collecting cells in the body) to come in and clean out the oily glands that are clogged.
2. Hot washcloth
The only problem with a hot washcloth is that it doesn’t stay hot for long! You have to continuously re-soak it in hot water. Not ideal.
3. A sock filled with rice, warmed up in the microwave
This method is very effective since the sock stays hot for long periods of time and isn’t messy.
4. Hot potato
5. A reusable heating pad or hand warmer can also work well as a hot compress!
1. Warm up any of the above options.
2. Dab on your wrist to make sure it’s not too hot.
3. Lie down and place the item on your closed eyelids.
4. Take a clean, warm washcloth and perform lid massages on your upper and lower eyelids while your eyelids are still closed.
5. Repeat 2-4 times per day (or as per your eye doctor’s instructions).
1. Wash your hands with soap and dry on a lint-free towel.
2. Sit or lie down into a comfortable position, preferably with head support.
3. Tilt your head back and pull down your lower lid with your index finger to create a “pita pocket”.
4. While holding the bottle with the other hand, hold the bottle with the tip facing down, above your eye at a safe distance, to make sure the bottle tip does not touch or scratch your eye.
5. While looking up at the tip of the bottle, squeeze one drop into the “pita pocket” that you created with your lower eyelid.
6. Close your eyes slowly (don’t squeeze or wipe your eyes!). Keep them closed for one-two minutes.
7. Dab or blot the area around your eye with a tissue to remove any excess liquid.
8. If you are taking more than one eye drop, wait at least five minutes between putting in each type of drop.
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Ask your doctor for any samples they may have in the office. It never hurts to ask!
While covering one eye, look at the dot in the center of the grid. While looking at the dot, pay attention to the lines on the grid and notice if they are straight or wavy. Notice if there are any missing areas on the grid. Then test the other eye. If anything appears distorted or missing make an appointment to see your eye doctor.
It is a good idea to pin the Amsler Grid to your fridge or cupboard so you remember to test yourself every day. An easy way to remember to do it on a regular basis is to have a look at it every time you sit down to your coffee.
Try taking your eye drops “with meals”. You probably don’t forget to eat every day so get into a habit of taking your eye drops with breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Also, check out these available reminder apps
RxmindMe, Prescription Medicine Reminder, and Pill Tracker.