The MGDRx EyeBag is a patented, CE marked Class 1 medical device registered with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
The EyeBag is a silk and suedex device which can be re-heated up to 200 times in a microwave. Simply heat for 30 or 40 seconds on full power and the EyeBag will stay warm for up to 10 minutes.
What Conditions Is It Used For?
Conditions which usually benefit from regular twice daily EyeBag treatment are:
Symptoms which can be relieved by treatment with the EyeBag are:
- Grittiness of the eyes
- Tiredness and redness of the eyes
- Bleary Vision
- Burning Discomfort
- Foreign body sensation (feels like there's something in the eye)
- Dry eye
- Eye irritation
Meibomian gland dysfunction is a very common problem. It is a feature of many dry eye syndromes and a major cause of blepharitis. Whenever the Meibomian glands are dysfunctional, the oily secretion that they normally produce becomes more greasy and viscous. The melting point of the oil goes up to about 39 degrees Centigrade, so the secretions are semisolid. The meibomian oil cannot flow onto the eyelid margins and fails to 'lubricate the blink'. These conditions lead to an awareness of the eyes with burning gritty discomfort, and all the usual symptoms such as; feeling there is something in the eye, scratchy sore eyes, bleary vision lasting a few moments and which clears with repeated blinking, soreness when reading so that you feel unable to read for more than 10 or 15 minutes without resting the eyes. All of these symptoms improve with regular EyeBag use.
Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, Contact Lens Practitioners, GPs, Nurses and other health professionals, frequently recommend the application of regular warm compresses to melt the solidified meibomian secretions. Usually the warm compresses are applied twice daily. The EyeBag maintains a temperature of over 40 degrees C. for 8 minutes. Hot wet flannel treatment is less effective as the flannel cools rapidly and the meibomian secretions are not softened adequately.
Eyelid warming using the EyeBag is often used at the same time as artificial tears eg Hyabak, Systane, Blink Tears and Blephaclean wipes and Blephasol.
If you are a contact lens wearer you should discuss your situation with your contact lens practitioner who will advise you how best to use your EyeBag.
What does the EyeBag do?
The heated EyeBag, when applied to the upper face so that the bridge of the nose and both the upper and lower eyelids are covered, will release warmth stimulating the normal sebaceous oily secretions from the meibomian glands in the eyelids and offering instant comfort.
Once the EyeBag is removed you will need to follow the Eyelid Massage Technique which, used over several days, should dramatically improve your symptoms.
What Is The Eyelid Massage Technique?
After each individual use of the EyeBag, it is necessary to follow the EyeLid Massage Technique to obtain the very best results from the EyeBag:
1. Wash your hands thoroughly. In order to massage the eyelids you should use a Blephaclean
® Wipe and sweep the wipe from the inner corner of the eye along the eyelid to the outer corner of the eye.
2. You should start with the upper lid and put the wipe in the corner of the eye next to the nose, just resting on the eyelid above the lashes for the upper lid and below the lashes for the lower lid, then sweep the wipe gently but firmly along the eyelid to the outer end.
3. Repeat this with the lower lid, placing the wipe just below the lashes in the corner of the eye and sweeping outwards towards the temple. This sweeping massage action can be repeated 5 to 10 times over about 30 seconds immediately following the warming.
4. It is important to do this massaging technique as described and neither to be too gentle with the massage nor too firm. It should be relatively comfortable and you should not be pressing hard enough to actually hurt your eyeball under the closed lids. The massaging should always take place with the eyes shut.
5. If you are going to carry out several 5 minute treatment cycles consecutively, place the EyeBag back in the microwave and warm it for a further 30 seconds whilst massaging the eyelids thoroughly and then reapply the warm EyeBag for a further 5 minutes and massage again at the end of that time. A treatment cycle is deemed to be the warming of the EyeBag, the 5 minutes with the EyeBag in place, moulded to fit on the face over the closed eyelids, followed by 30 seconds of massaging of the eyelids.
What Are The Risks?
The EyeBag should not be used if the skin around the eyes is broken or bleeding.
If you have a known hypersensitivity to flax, linseed or any of the other constituents of the EyeBag, do not use.
In the event of increased eye irritation or itchiness, cease use of the EyeBag.
Used correctly, the risks of the use of the EyeBag are very small indeed.
What Is The EyeBag Made Of?
The EyeBag is made of silver silk one side and matt black suedex the other. It is filled with flax seeds (also referred to as linseed).
Flax has been chosen because of the size, shape and density of the seeds and also because of the long history of its use as a natural medicinal treatment. Its shape and size means that it is heavy enough to settle down and conform to the shape of different faces and it retains the warmth well. It does not give off an unpleasant odour when warmed in the microwave. There is no aromatic or herb fragrance added to the EyeBag. This should minimise any sensitivity or allergic irritation of the eyelids of eyes.