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What’s the Best Way to Use Warm Compresses for Dry Eyes?

Dry EyeA warm compress for dry eye syndrome (DES) is an effective home remedy that helps tame itchy, scratchy, dry, irritated eyes.  Compresses bring warmth and moisture to your eyes, providing much-needed relief. Follow these 7 easy steps: 

How to make a warm compress for dry eyes

When at home, you can do the following:

  1. Fill a clean bowl or container with water that’s warm to the touch
  2. Dip a clean washcloth or hand towel in the bowl, soaking it through
  3. Wring out excess water from the towel or washcloth
  4. Fold the washcloth in half
  5. Sit back or lie down, close your eyes, and lay the washcloth over both of your eyes
  6. Let the moisture settle and soak into your eyes and face for about 10 minutes, or until the washcloth turns cold
  7. Remove the washcloth or hand towel and enjoy feeling refreshed

How Frequently Should You Use the Dry Eye Compress?

Depending on the severity of your symptoms, the best practice is to apply a warm compress 2-3 times per day. One shouldn’t do more, as excessive use may dry out and irritate the skin around your eyes. 

For Dry Eye Treatment, Contact Your Local Optometrist

If, after a few days of applying a warm compress, your symptoms persist, schedule a dry eye consultation at Family Eye Care. 

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