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Three Simple Ways to Treat Dry Eyelids

When people search for treatments for dry eyelids, they are oftentimes referring to the burning, itching, dry and uncomfortable feeling of dry eyes. Rubbing your eyes can make the sandpaper feeling worse and can actually be more harmful to the eyes. Find out how MGD causes dry eyes and what to use when looking for the best treatments for dry eyelids and the underlying dry eye symptoms.

What is the Most Common Cause of Dry Eyes?

People often blame their dry eyes on many external reasons such as allergies or that their eyes must not be producing enough tears, but over 85% of people who have dry eyes actually suffer from Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, or MGD. Your eyelids have tiny Meibomian glands that produce protective lubricating oil every time you blink. This oil creates a layer that coats the eyes to reduce evaporation of your natural tears and thereby reduce dry eye symptoms. However, when these Meibomian glands get clogged or blocked, they do not produce enough oil, and the eyes begin to dry out as the natural tears evaporate. If you do not know the best treatments for dry eyelids (more commonly known as the chronic condition of dry eyes), these glands can become increasingly clogged, cause blurry vision and, over time, even damage your eyes. 

The Problem with “Artificial Tears”

Many eye drop brands are available over-the-counter (without prescription) at drugstores, supermarkets and other retail outlets. When the large eyecare corporations believed dry eye disease was caused by an inability of the eyes to produce enough tears, they invented “Artificial Tears” to replace natural tears, some having a thickening agent to help coat your eyes temporarily. Unfortunately, while these “Artificial Tears” are used to lubricate dry eyes, few, if any, address the underlying cause of most dry eye problems…MGD.  

Using “Artificial Tears” and other OTC eye drops as treatments for dry eyelids can provide temporary relief, but some concerns have been raised about their use, especially for long-term dry eye sufferers. Some eye drops may have preservatives that can damage the eye, while others use a dispensing system that can move bacteria into the eye, making them a less than ideal solution. Even though the big optical companies invest millions to market and sell billions of dollars worth of “Artificial Tears,” using OTC eye drops to combat the root cause of most dry eye cases can become an expensive habit simply for temporary relief. 

The Problem with Contact Lenses

People who wear contacts regularly are required to touch their eyes more than others. Any added bacteria or dirt that is brought to the eye can contribute to blockage of the Meibomian glands, which can develop into MGD and symptoms of dry eye.

While there are new contact lenses that can help with dry eye symptoms, the contacts help to reduce moisture loss, but the risk of accidentally introducing dirt and bacteria to the eyes while donning or removing the lenses remains. In addition, this type of contact lens needs to be replaced daily, so using contact lenses as treatments for dry eyelids or other symptoms related to dry eyes associated with MGD can be expensive. And while the new hydrogel lenses can temporarily help the symptoms, they do not address the root problem of clogged Meibomian glands.

Find the Best Treatments for Dry Eyelids

Using a warm compress heated to the precise temperature with a specially designed cleaning and moisturizing solution comprised of coconut extracts and hyaluronic acid (HA) – twice a day on your eyelids is the best way to unclog the Meibomian glands. 

ThermaMEDx’s EverTears® is different from other warm compresses and is used to not only provide relief but to help address MGD, the cause of most chronic dry eye cases. This sterile compress comes individually wrapped and pre-moistened with a specially designed cleaning and moisturizing solution made with natural coconut extracts and hyaluronic acid (HA), so you can use it anywhere. Just open the packet, and activate the compress by bending it in the middle until you hear a “snap” that starts the heat instantly to the precise, safe temperature needed to help unclog blocked Meibomian glands. No more hassling with dirty microwaves that risk overheating old-fashioned compresses and masks! Simply place the EverTears® moist heat compress on the eyelids of one closed eye for 2 to 3 minutes and wipe the eyelids clean. Next, flip the double-sided pad over and repeat the process on your other eye, making treatment simple and quick, whether at home or on the go.
For long-lasting relief of dry eyes, get rid of the bottles of Artificial Tears and stop spending money on expensive contact lenses. Instead, buy EverTears® online and find out for yourself how EverTears® by ThermaMEDx is one of the best treatments for dry eyelids and other symptoms of dry eyes caused by MGD.

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