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Benefits of a Warm Compress or Mask for Your Eyes

- Arthur Boia

A heated face mask can help relieved stuffed sinuses, but did you know such a source of heat can help with eye issues? A warm compress can provide relief from dryness, eye irritation, and redness. Heated masks help with general pain and muscle spasms may ease up as well.

women with eye irritation

Warmth and Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eyes can be caused by a variety of health conditions. A moistened, warm compress held over your closed eyes for five minutes can help. If the problem is caused by dirt or debris, rub a cloth gently over the eyelids, including at the base of the eyelashes to remove dirt, bacteria, and viruses. Continuous cleaning can help clear up an infection or eliminate dirt that has gotten in your eye.

A common cause of dry eye is Meibomian gland disease. This chronic condition accounts for up to 86% of dry eye cases, according to Optometry Times. Heat is helpful because it stimulates oil glands that produce tears. There are many ways to apply heat, but one of the most effective ways is to use the electric heated face mask from Sniff Relief. Designed specifically for sinus congestion relief, the mask works by applying heat around the eyes.

Why Heat Rather than Cold

Heat is effective in relieving dry eyes because it:

  • Prevents tears from evaporating right away
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Thins gland oils to improve drainage
  • Aids in relaxing the eyes
  • Contributes to better comfort and sleep

The main ingredients in tears include oils or lipids that help moisturize the eyes. Fully covering the eye with a warm compress helps. Sniff Relief is suited for this purpose because it provides full coverage of the upper part of your face, which can radiate head down to the eyelids.

If you have a tear gland lipid problem, another sign is if you often awaken with crusty or sticky eyes. Heat works better than cold to help unblock the glands. It is also an effective home remedy to reduce inflammation, so it can help relieve a swollen eyelid as well.

Tips on Using Sniff Relief for Dry Eyes

Too much heat on the eyelids can be painful. The thin skin can burn easily, so you’re best keeping the mask on a low-temperature setting. Fortunately, it has eight temperature settings, ranging from 100 to 140°F. The mask also fits snugly around the eyes, as its moldable nose bridge allows you to shape it to the contours of your face.

women with notepad wearing Sniff Relief mask

If you’re using the heated face mask before bedtime, don’t worry. It has an automatic shut off. Should you fall asleep, it won’t stay on long, so there’s no risk of injury. Another perk is it covers both eyes; when you use a compress or washcloth, a different one should be used for each eye, so you don’t spread a possible infection. Sniff Relief comfortably covers the areas it needs. No extra materials are required.

Continue on for more information about our unique electric heated face mask.

Source

  1. http://optometrytimes.modernmedicine.com/optometrytimes/news/using-warm-compresses-treat-meibomian-gland-disease

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