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    Other than our doctors suggesting it, has anybody seen any actual evidence in terms of medical studies/clinical studies?

    My doctor told me to stop doing warm compresses but it actually dries the eye out more and creates more inflammation. Due to this advice, i stopped and started a new regiment that has actually seen a lot of positive results.

    I get why warm compresses logically. The oil 'gets cold' and so we use the heat to loosen it up again but when you think about it. You can just do a gentle massage on your lower lids and that should break up the stiffness of the oil. Right? That's what ive been doing and have been seeing good results.

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    Glad to know you have found something helpful. Did the doctor recommend such new regimen?
    Good results = you can feel oil running or...? Maybe your oil is not so thick so you dont need the heat.
    If so, would it be even safer if you just do blinking exercise??

    I do feel great after making warm compress/wc (Blephasteam).
    WC could be risky if too hot/wet/long etc. then possibly lead to inflammation. - not easy to master.
    Last edited by MGD1701; 07-Jul-2017, 05:57.

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    • #3
      Warm compresses do temporarily irritate my eyes, but I can definitely feel the glands secreting oils. You can always increase your omega 3 and flaxseed intake since they affect the quality of oils produced while reducing inflammation.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by MGD1701 View Post
        Glad to know you have found something helpful. Did the doctor recommend such new regimen?
        Good results = you can feel oil running or...? Maybe your oil is not so thick so you dont need the heat.
        If so, would it be even safer if you just do blinking exercise??

        I do feel great after making warm compress/wc (Blephasteam).
        WC could be risky if too hot/wet/long etc. then possibly lead to inflammation. - not easy to master.
        Yes she did, mostly a mix of manual mgd expressions and a mineral heavy tee tree oil solution she created herself.

        I have never gone into any blinking exercises actually. Would you be able to refer me to a link of good ones or a regiment you use?

        I mean any amount of heat on already inflamed eyelids is only going to increase inflammation. When something is inflamed we usually put ice on it rather than heat right? I haven't looked into blephasteam but I was hoping somebody had some clinical based facts. It's one thing to feel better and another to be better. I use to do warm compresses 2x a day and now i do it once a week and i feel much better.

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        • #5
          Hi DryEyeNJ
          Thanks for the tips. I dont have Omeg 3 issue (acutally double than normal) but my oil is still half thick.
          All 3 doctors who checked my glands did not give me Restasis/Cyclosporine.
          It seems the trend that many American doctors consider early intervention to give such drugs is effective/important to prevent MGD progression.
          Have you taken any of these, if so, useful?

          warm compress temporarily irritate eyes? - Good to find out why as it should not be so, I guess.
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          Hi vivid Panda
          You are lucky to find a doctor who performs manual expression. I think it is very effective but have no luck to find such doctor.
          Did your doctor give you Restasis/Cyclosporine/Xiidra, if so, why?

          Blephasteam - there are some researches to support its effectivness, if you google.
          I have tried several kinds/brands and find it works the best for me.

          Blinking Exercise: I find Dr. Laura Periman (MD in Seattle) explains the best - in a clear/interesting fashion. Hope it helps.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzeU09n8tjQ

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          • #6
            What I find strange is doctors suggest 4-15 min. warm compress. WHY such big difference??
            Some even say the more/longer oil secretion feeling is better, but it is vague.
            I asked my doctor, he just said, it depends, be careful and NOT more than 10 min.
            But the facts and based on my research, for thick oil we need longer time and higher heat,

            So I come to the conclusion that the key issue is oil secretion feeling but NO idea how long is good and its risks?
            Normally I do compress with the oil feeling about 7-10 min. x2/day
            Any thoughts regarding these?
            Last edited by MGD1701; 07-Jul-2017, 17:19.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MGD1701 View Post
              Hi DryEyeNJ
              Thanks for the tips. I dont have Omeg 3 issue (acutally double than normal) but my oil is still half thick.
              All 3 doctors who checked my glands did not give me Restasis/Cyclosporine.
              It seems the trend that many American doctors consider early intervention to give such drugs is effective/important to prevent MGD progression.
              Have you taken any of these, if so, useful?

              warm compress temporarily irritate eyes? - Good to find out why as it should not be so, I guess.
              ---------------------------
              Hi vivid Panda
              You are lucky to find a doctor who performs manual expression. I think it is very effective but have no luck to find such doctor.
              Did your doctor give you Restasis/Cyclosporine/Xiidra, if so, why?

              Blephasteam - there are some researches to support its effectivness, if you google.
              I have tried several kinds/brands and find it works the best for me.

              Blinking Exercise: I find Dr. Laura Periman (MD in Seattle) explains the best - in a clear/interesting fashion. Hope it helps.
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzeU09n8tjQ
              I have used Restasis (cyclosporine) as well as Xiidra. Both work on reducing inflammation which helps stimulate aqueous tear production. I have MGD and get about an hour of relief from Xiidra, but it's very costly at $500 a month ($120 with insurance). Most American doctor's treat dry eye in 3 visits.

              Visit 1) Recommend hot compresses and supplements
              Visit 2) Try a mild steroid (Lotemax/Alrex) and use punctal plugs
              Visit 3) Prescribe Restasis or Xiidra

              In reality, these cookie cutter plans do not work for most people, unless you're symptoms are mild to moderate. For severe dry eyes, they would send you to a corneal specialist for serum drops or someone who could fit you with scleral lenses. I have not tried the latter two mostly because I don't want to get burned with more bills.

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