Performing warm eyelid compress for Memboitis is not easy when travelling. The importance of sticking to your treatments at all times requires a reliable solution for heating your eyelids so that you can perform an effective eyelid massage, followed by an eyelid scrub. Since I travel a lot in work I have developed a number of different options. In this post I’m presenting three of those to you.
I travel regularly in my work so I am used to the challenge of how to treat Meibomian Gland Dysfunction when staying in hotels or being on holiday for that matter. Since Meibomian Gland Dysfunction requires continuos and diligent treatment it is important to find a reliable solution for sticking to your treatments even if you are spending a few nights in a hotel. This is especially important if you just have had a doctors visit or managed to un-clogg, or open, your eyelid glands by yourself. Not performing your treatments for a few nights may lead to the glands starting to close up again.
Doing hot compresses for dry eye in the comfort of your own home is not really problematic but once you are “on the road” it gets more difficult as there aren’t any easy ways of heating your compress unless you are staying in an apartment type of hotel. Once you’ve found a good way of heating the compress though you will easily be able to complete the full MGD treatment of warm compress, eyelid massage and finally an eyelid scrub.
In this post I want to give you three easy options of heating the eyelids when you are travelling.
1. Hot Eyelid Compress In Shower
One of the easiest and quickest ways of performing a hot eyelid compress is to simply take a really warm shower. The steam will help warm your eyelids and by letting the warm water flow on your closed lids you will be able to perform an eyelid massage directly in the shower. This can be relatively effective depending on the severity of your case of MGD. Some sufferers of Memboitis can actually switch from more robust methods to this one once their symptoms have been reduced and stabilized. I don’t believe this to be an option for people suffering from severe Meibomian Gland Dysfunction though. Still, using it while staying in an hotel can definitely be a good option.
A few things to think about is of course to make sure that the water isn’t too hot and that you limit the time that you let the water directly flow on your lids. The heat needs to be controlled because you can easily burn your eyes and the duration of the compress needs to be limited because the skin surrounding the eyes is sensitive and will easily get dry. Dryness can cause irritation. You want to keep both your eyes and your skin properly hydrated and moist.
2. Heat Pack Warm Eyelid Compress
Using an eye pack to do a warm eyelid compress is most likely one of the more effective options at home. While on the road you will have to resort to heating the pack in warm water. If the tap water in your room don’t allow for significant heat then the risk is that your heat pack won’t absorb enough heat to be effective. There is no reason for you not to bring it though as a heat pack will keep any absorbed heat longer than most other “temporary” heat packs, like the one described below, allowing for a more targeted and prolonged heat on your eyelids.
One thing to consider is adding a small wet cloth under the heat pack as moist heat may be better for you than dry heat. At least, that is something that I’ve found to be very effective for my eyes.
3. Quick Warm Eyelid Compress
My final option for performing warm compresses for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is to use a small plastic bag together with one of the small hand towels that you normally get when staying in a hotel.
I’ve, as earlier mentioned, found that my eyes respond well to moist heat and not dry heat. Excess water has an adverse effect on my eyes well-being though. That’s way I like to let the towel soak in really hot water after which I place it into the small plastic bag. The bag can then be placed onto my eyes for the required time period. This actually holds the heat pretty well, although a heat pack always will perform the task better.
If you are interested in adding moisture to this option you can either skip the plastic bag altogether or you can add a small cloth or another hand towel beneath it.
If you have other methods that you use I’d really like to hear from you.
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