Eye Stye

How Warm Compress Can Help Treat an Eye Stye

Eye Stye, also known as chalazion, is a clogged oil gland in the eyelid. It presents as an uncomfortable red bump at the edge of the eyelid. It can be caused by things such as touching your eye with unwashed hands, leaving on eye makeup, using old and expired cosmetics, having blepharitis or rosacea.

Normally these glands have to be heated at a temperature of 38-42 degrees Celsius. An eye mask is a better treatment option because it retains the heat longer as compared to a cloth. However, if you don’t have an eye mask, this home ready is something you can follow.

Warm eye compresses are a wonderful traditional home remedy for this condition. Here’s how you make it:

  • Warm water in a clean pot on the stovetop or use warm water from the tap.
  • Soak a clean cloth in the water. Ensure that the water is not extremely hot as your eye area is extremely sensitive.

Once you’ve made your eye compress, apply it to your eye to reduce symptoms such as itchiness, dryness and more! If you notice that the cloth is not staying hot for long, you have to rewarm the cloth to make sure that the eyelid is being exposed to heat for a long duration.

Applying a warm compress to your eye can help your stye to soften and drain away any blockages, therefore healing your eyelid to its normal state. If you notice that this home remedy is not working for your stye, then please visit your eye care professional so he/she can use alternate treatments such as iLux, meibomian gland probing, BlephEx and/or medication, so your eyelid doesn’t become infected.

Overall, eye compresses are a great way to maintain healthy eyes and eyelids. If you begin to feel uncomfortable due to your stye, try out this great at home treatment!

If you are looking for expert optometrist advice, visit Dr. D’Orio Eyecare today! Call us today at 416 661 5555 (North York location) or 416 656 2020 (Toronto location) to book an appointment.

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