Dr. Bazan's Baggy
For those of you who are doing lid hygiene, you will find my technique, simply, cheap, easy and effective. For many, it is the ideal way to perform lid massage and warm compress. My technique is optimal for efficiently and effectively improving the function of your meibomian glands. The idea of combining simultaneous heat and massage is what makes my technique quite different from others. I hope you give this inexpensive yet amazing technique a try.
The ideal time to perform this technique is after completing your lid cleansing routine. If your doctor is still recommending baby shampoo please ask him about alternatives such as Ocusoft Plus lid foam.
First, just fill a resealable plastic baggy with hot water (or microwaved). Make sure the temperature is safe by testing against your cheek. Then center the baggy over both eyes, holding it against the forehead with one hand, using the other to perform the standard lid massage you have learned from your eye doctor. About a minute each lid. It can easily be done and is most effective in a reclined position or while lying in bed. After you complete the routine, flush the eyes with cool water and/or install your artificial tear to help flush the loosened debris away.
Katherine M. Mastrota, M.S., O.D., the center director for Omni Eye Surgery in New York City, endorses the technique and has even added an aspect of aroma therapy by adding lavender buds into the baggy.
Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY. For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.