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Eyelid Hygiene/Oil Gland Treatment

Your Optometrist will reccomment one or more of the following treatments for you to use at home to help with your eyelid condition:

Lid Washes

Use either Johnson & Johnson unscented Baby Wash, Cetaphil facial cleanser or Ocusoft pre-packaged lid wash cloths

1. With clean hands, mix the cleanser with warm water to make “suds” on fingertips.
2.With your eyes closed, gently massage eyelids and eyelash area for 15-20 seconds.
3. Wash closely along both the upper and lower eyelids and lashes.
4. Rinse well with warm water when done.

Once or twice per day

Artificial Tears

Use a good lubricating tear 1 to 4 times per day.
Systane and Theratears Gel can be used without contacts.
Theratears, Optive, and Refresh can be used with contact lenses.

To administer eye drop:
1. Pull down on lower lid, creating a pocket.
2. Place the drop in this pocket. Do not touch the tip of the bottle to your eye.
3. Hold eyes closed for 10 seconds after drop is instilled.

Warm Compresses

Use either a bean/rice heating bag.
1. Heat in microwave until warm, but not hot, anywhere from 15-45 seconds.
2. Place over eyes for 10 minutes straight. It is better if you have removed your makeup and/or washed your eyelids.
3. A washcloth with warm water does not work-it does not stay hot long enough.
4. You may do one eye at a time while watching TV if you do not want to do right before bedtime. Reheat in between eyes.

Ten minutes once or twice a day

Flaxseed Oil/Fish Oil/Theratears Nutrition

Take one or a combination of the following each day:

2000mg Flaxseed Oil
2000mg Fish Oil
1200mg Theratears Nutrition

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