Learn More About Dry Eye Treatment
When left untreated, dry eye disease (also known as dry eye or DED) can be a truly debilitating condition. If your eyes become chronically dry, the issue may impede your daily routine and bring daily discomfort to your life. Dry eye symptoms can be uncomfortable and even painful. If you have experienced blurred vision and red, painful eyes that burn, relief cannot come soon enough.
The good news is that dry eye treatment can be implemented safely at home. In fact, warm compresses can do wonders to abate the discomfort and hassle associated with DED.
Recognizing the Signs
If you have not been diagnosed with dry eye but suspect that you have it, take a look at the following symptoms, and then consult your eye care professional. These may indicate that you have DED.
- eyes that feel sensitive and irritated
- red, inflamed lids
- a sensation that foreign matter is in one or both eyes
- eye dryness
- itchiness of the eyes
- blurred vision
- watery eyes or a noticeable increase in tear production
Can Dry Eye Be Cured?
Unfortunately, once your eyes manifest this disease, it is typically an ongoing condition. However, DED can be successfully managed, so you do not need to suffer endlessly. You should speak with an eye care professional to determine whether you have dry eye disease, and if so, whether it is the result of an underlying health issue. Your eye doctor can assist you in devising a solid course of action, including at home remedies for dry eye.
How Warm Compresses Help Dry Eye
Applying warmth to the eyes is one of the best ways to treat DED at home. Unlike other options, this is a non-invasive method that is soothing, safe and convenient.
A warm compress can ease the pain that many dry eye sufferers experience. Once the compress is applied, the area may sustain an increase in the flow of blood, and an improvement in the flow of the oils that protect tear film.
An added benefit of warm compress application is the reduction of muscle spasms from DED. Eye twitching is not uncommon for people with dry eye.
Warm compresses are also particularly effective at treating meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). MGD and DED are frequently associated with each other, and the symptoms of both conditions are often the same. The primary difference between the two is that dry eye results from a lack of tears, and MGD is caused by insufficient or abnormal oil production. A heated compress can aid in stimulating clogged oil glands in eyelids. Unclogging these glands generally results in healthier tear production and eyes.
EyeGiene® Provides Ongoing Relief from Dry Eye
Now that you know the benefits of warm compresses, you can use them to manage the symptoms of DED and MGD. Many people consider EyeGiene® warm compresses to be the best treatment for dry eyes. Unlike other options that require messy water or the inconvenience of a microwave, these packets are self-warming, so they may be applied conveniently at home, at work, or virtually anywhere.