March 24, 2020
If your eyes have ever felt stiff, dry, scratchy, or uncomfortable, it could be that you have experienced an episode of dry eye. Dry eye is both a symptom and the name of a fairly common eye condition that occurs due to problems with the natural lubrication of the eyes. It can occur for a range of reasons, such as:
The natural lubrication of the eyes drains too quickly
There isn’t enough natural lubrication being made by our body
The composition of the tear film that makes up the natural lubrication in our eye is imbalanced
Although dry eyes may not sound serious, for those patients who experience chronic issues with the condition can cause significant unpleasant symptoms and disruption to their everyday lives. Fortunately, there are treatments that can help.
Studies have shown that for patients with mild dry eye symptoms, a warm and hydrating compress can be an extremely effective solution. One of the most popular is the DERM Dry Eye Relief Mask.
The DERM Dry Eye Relief Mask is a moist-heat compress that is used to provide relief from the symptoms of dry eye. The mask itself contains silica beads which naturally attract moisture from the air and release it when microwaved. By simply heating the mask for 20 seconds, the mask will deliver moisture-based heat relief for anywhere from 5 to 9 minutes.
As we know, one of the main causes of dry eye syndrome is an imbalance in the substances that make up our tear film. Our tear film is made from a combination of water, oil, and proteins that must be provided in a delicate balance in order to keep the eyes comfortable. However, sometimes these glands become clogged. Heat compress therapy such as that produced by the DERM Dry Eye Relief Mask, helps to unblock the meibomian glands that are responsible for producing the oils present in tear film. By restoring the flow of oils to the tear film, many of the symptoms experienced by the patient may be reduced or eliminated. It is important to note that this treatment has also been shown to be effective in helping to alleviate dry eye symptoms in patients where different causes of the condition have been identified, such as menopause/hormonal changes or excessive screen time.
The DERM Dry Eye Relief Mask is recommended for patients with mild to moderate symptoms of dry eye syndrome. It can also be safely used by patients with allergies thanks to its hypoallergenic nature.
For more information on the DERM Dry Eye Relief Mask, or to schedule a consultation with our team of eye care experts, please call us today.