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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.

I have written a few more articles about MGD. Click on the following links for more information about:

how to diagnose Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

how to treat Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

how to treat severe Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

how to make the best warm compress for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

how to perform eyelid massage for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

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In this post I will tell you more about how to treat meibomian gland dysfunction. I will outline the most basic treatments that are necessary to get successful relief from MGD symptoms. Memboitis is one of the most common types of dry eye, but also one of the types that requires multiple level of treatments, that can be time consuming and frustrating. Starting out with the correct treatments as soon as possible will be important for getting to a high comfort level.


Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is also know as MGD, Memboitis and posterior blepharitis. There are several types of blepharitis but what they have in common is that they create a chronic inflammation of the eyelids. The condition is in some cases not properly diagnosed and can, for example be associated with dry eye caused by tear deficiency. Misdiagnosing Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is actually very common and some doctors believe that MGD is one of the major causes of dry eye. MGD is for example very common for contact lens users that experience dry eye sensations.

Before we start looking at how to treat Meibomian Gland Dysfunction let’s just clarify what types of blepharitis there are.

Different Types of Blepharitis

Blepharitis comes in several forms and is in some cases caused by bacteria (staphylococcal blepharitis) or dandruff of the scalp and eyebrows (seborrheic blepharitis). There is also ulcerative blepharitis which is a more complicated form of blepharitis. These types of Blepharitis are known as “anterior blepharitis”. Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is, as earlier mentioned, known as “posterior blepharitis”. For more information about the different types of anterior blepharitis and how to treat Blepharitis click here.

Definition of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is named after the glands located at the rim of the eyelids. The glands produce the oily substance that prevents the evaporation of the eye’s tear film. This is called the lipid layer. If you would like to know more about what components that make up the tear film then click here.

Each eye has approximately 50 glands on the upper eyelids and 25 glands on the lower eyelids. When these glands get infected they get clogged by a thick waxy secretion which hinders the natural flow of the oil and this causes Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. One common problem in patients suffering from Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is that the constipated glands causes inflammation of the oil glands (stye, chalazion and hordeolum). It is not uncommon that people suffering from Memboitis also have other dry eye conditions such as staphylococcal blepharitis or seborrheic blepharitis.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction Symptoms

Common symptoms of MGD can be similar to those of dry eye and blepharitis in general, such as itching, burning and redness around the edge of the eyelids, excessive tearing and loss of eyelashes. Other symptoms are foreign body sensation and a feeling of sand or grittiness in the eye.

Specific symptoms of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction are redness of the lining of the eyelids and small pimple like swellings of the upper and lower eyelids.

How To Treat Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

To treat Meibomian Gland Dysfunction successfully one needs to use multiple methods of treatment. Perhaps it is one of the conditions that requires the most diligent and consistent treatment schedules. Some of these treatments have a lot in common with traditional blepharitis treatment.

During the acute phase stronger measures may have to be taken to get the inflammation, constipation and irritation under control. Once this has been accomplished the frequency of the treatments can be reduced. In most cases of Memboitis one needs to stick to a daily schedule though.

Below is a list of common treatments for MGD:

1. Get your Meibomian Gland Dysfunction properly diagnosed

As with any case of dry eye the first step in effective dry eye treatment is to identify your specific case of dry eye. In some cases you will be able to get a good understanding of your condition by yourself but it is, however, always recommended that you see a dry eye doctor. For MGD specifically you will want to find out if you suffer from MGD only, or if there are other problems that needs to be treated as well. For more information on identifying different types of dry eye click on this link.

2. Do regular warm eyelid compresses

Since one of the core problems with MGD are constipated glands on the rim of the eyelids you will needs to heat these glands so that the oil can get back to a more natural flow. You do this by applying hot eyelid compresses. This is done several times a day in the acute phase and reduced to a couple of times per day once the situation has stabilized.

Be very careful with the heat as the eyelids burn easily. Click on the link for more information about the best hot compress for dry eye.

3. Do regular eyelid massage

After you have applied the hot compress you will need to perform an eyelid massage. This is done to express any blockage from the glands and also get them to work more naturally. Do you know how to perform an effective eyelid massage? If not, click here for instructions on how to perform the best eyelid massage for meibomian gland dysfunction.

4. Do regular eyelid scrubs

It is very important that you keep a good eyelid hygiene. Eyelid scrubs are most effective if done after the hot compress and eyelid massage.

A general guideline is to use commercially prepared, or home made lid scrubs and cleansing agents two times a day, in the morning and in the evening. During the acute phase you might have to increase the number of lid scrubs applied to several a day.

Make up can aggravate blephartis and MGD, so using less make up or make up specifically developed for blephartis sufferers should be considered.

Apply the cleansing agent, by either massaging it with the tip of your fingers or by using a cotton swab moistened with the cleansing agent.

Different people will have different tolerance levels for the cleansing agent. Some brands are very strong and may cause your eyes to tear excessively, so make sure that you try a few of the brands on the market out before making your choice.

5. Artificial Tears

As with any case of dry eye you will most likely need to use artificial tears. The type of artificial tears that you should use will depend on your specific case of dry eye, but for MGD sufferers it can be beneficial to choose eye drops that replace part of the lipid layer that is affected by the constipated and inflamed glands. For more information on the best eye drops for dry eye click here.

6. Vitamins & Supplements

You may require adding supplements to your treatment. A very common supplement for dry eye patients is Omega-3 fish oil or flaxseed oils, but there are also other options that will target inflammations in the body and provide an immune-boosting effect. Click here for more information on the benefits of Omega-3 for dry eye.

7. Reducing Inflammation

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is an inflammatory disease so suppressing the inflammation is something that you will want to focus on. This can be done by antibiotics but before taking medication you should try changing your diet first. There are foods that will improve the body’s natural ability to fight inflammation and there are also foods that will increase the risks of inflammation. Make sure that you only eat the good stuff. For more information on this subject click on the links below:

Best foods for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Best spices for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Top 10 foods for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

8. Antibiotics

Antibiotics should never be used for an extended period of time but can be a valuable tool in acute phases of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. Antibiotics can be applied directly to the base of the eyelids (topical antibiotics) or administered orally (oral antibiotics).

9. Treat underlying conditions

You should identify any conditions that may cause or aggravate your Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. Common problems that will need to be addressed are skin disorders like rosacea and seborrhea.

If you find that the regular treatments for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction don’t work it will be necessary to move on to severe Meibomian Gland Dysfunction treatments.

Would you like to get straight to the core of the best treatments for MGD? Then read more about one of the most effective treatment guides here: dry eyes shop.

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