- If tears aren’t oily enough, they evaporate more quickly than normal causing the eyes to feel gritty and dry.
- In Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, the oil-producing glands in the eyelids are blocked by waxy deposits that don’t melt at body temperature.
- The usual way of treating this is by using a hot facecloth pressed onto the closed eyelid. However, this can be messy, and the facecloth loses heat quickly.
- An eye specialist in England invented the EyeBag. It is a silk and suedex eye compress that is heated up in the microwave and stays warm for up to 10 minutes.
- It melts the waxy deposits, stimulating the release of natural oils from the eyelid glands into the tears. Combined with lid massage, this makes the tears more oily, reducing tear evaporation and dryness. It can be reused up to 200 times.
- EyeBag users report a reduction in grittiness, whiter eyes, and increased success with contact lenses.