HOW TO MAKE AND USE A WARM COMPRESS
Warm compresses heat the debris and crust on the lid margin to or above the melting point of their individual components so that they are easily removed with lid scrubs. Warm compresses may be combined with eyelid massage. This is especially important in patients who have Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). Ronald Cauchard OD, will tell you whether your condition needs massage.
METHOD 1: Soaking a washcloth in water as warm as the eyelids can stand and then placing the cloth on the lid surface (eyelids closed) for a five to ten minute period. In the acute phase this is performed 2 to 4 times a day. It is helpful to place the compress in the microwave for about 10 seconds if it cools too quickly and continue.
METHOD 2: Place raw white rice in a child’s small sock. Warm the sock in the microwave for about 30 seconds or so, check before application, and let it set on your eye awhile. The rice holds heat really well and will stay warm for several minutes.