About the Cold Eye Compress
(a/k/a "The Eye Doctor Allergy")
- Thermal dynamic fabric
- Cools in fridge plus water immersion
- Washable cover
This is a decent quality easy-to-use cold compresses. The strap is secure enough to hold it in place, though I could wish it were a little longer. If you have long silky hair, you might find the ends of the velcro straps get stuck to it a little. - It cools down quickly and is pretty comfortable. It's not thick - which means temperature retention isn't the longest, but it also means that you're less likely to experience discomfort from the weight (which can be a problem with some eye compresses).
The most important thing about any compress is going to be whether it holds the cold right on your eyes where you want it, and for that, it's going to depend on your eye anatomy. I have medium set eyes and it was fine for me. Someone with deeper set eyes may find it doesn't reach. (Incidentally, Tranquileyes is one of the better products for that situation.)
This product is marketed for ocular allergy symptoms. And it's good for that! Nothing like cool and wet when your eyes are itchy, inflamed or burning.
Pain? Inflammation? Redness?
But in our ocular surface disease world more broadly, cold compresses are an overlooked tool for pain, for inflammation and for redness. This is not a medical claim! This is meant purely as practical advice, NOT medical advice. If you have pain, inflammation and/or redness, I hope to goodness you are getting proper medical care!
"But I was told to do warm compresses"
It's helpful to understand that there are different types of uses of compresses.
Warm compresses are often recommended by doctors as a home remedy for meibomian gland dysfunction: by warming up the glands, unhealthy thickened meibum (oil) can thin out and loosen up and allow the gland secretions to continue moving freely. That's what we'd call a therapeutic use, and it's as old as the hills. - However, some people use warm compresses more as a feel-good (palliative) thing.
Cold compresses can be used (with care!) on the eyes much like cold can be used on other body parts for pain and inflammation. Cold compresses also help soothe down red eyes (depending what's actually causing the redness, of course).
So, warm and cold compresses are compatible (subject to your doctor's advice, of course). That is, someone who uses daily warm compresses for MGD may also be using cold compresses as needed for pain.
Cooling & soothing hay fever eye compress
Your ideal partner for relieving the symptoms of puffy, sore & itchy eyes.
Helps relax away:
- Allergy symptoms
- Hay fever symptoms
- Puffy eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Removable, washable cover
- Adjustable comfort strap
- Self-cooling technology fabric
- Long lasting cooling relief
- The Eye Doctor Allergy Cooling & Soothing Compress
- Thermal Dynamic Cooling Cover
- Comprehensive Instruction Booklet
Instructions for use:
The information contained with this product is intended as general guidance and information only. It should not be relied upon as a basis for planning individual medical care.
Your eye specialist can tell you how severe your condition is and should be able to give you a guide as to how often to use your Eye Doctor Allergy compress.
If you feel unsure about using this product, or if symptoms persist or increase, please consult your optician and/or doctor.
If you are a contact lens wearer please consult your practitioner before using the Eye Doctor Allergy compress.
Please read instructions carefully, do not discard these instructions and refer to them before each use.
- Leave the Eye Doctor Allergy compress in the bag provided and place in the fridge for at least two hours.
- Remove the Eye Doctor Allergy compress from the bag and insert into the cover. Place the compress and the cover in cold water, squeeze off excess water. Apply to closed eyes until symptoms are relieved.
- After application, return the Eye Doctor Allergy compress, in the storage bag, to the fridge ready for next time.
Do not use on broken or bleeding skin. Never share your Eye Doctor Allergy compress. For individual use only. Inspect at regular intervals and discard if found worn or damaged.
This product is biodegradable and should be disposed of through normal household waste.
This product may contain latex rubber.
We recommend you retain the packaging for safe, clean, dry storage of the Eye Doctor Allergy compress.
Hand wash outer cover with warm water as required and dry flat.