A 18-year-old female asked:
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i have blepharitis not that strong but very mild .. whenever i put hot compresses on my eyelids this thick oil covers my eye and i can't see anything?

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
26 years experience Ophthalmology
Oil is good!: The tear film is made up of a balance between the aqueous (water), oil, and mucus. So, warm compresses allow the oil glands to open up, and keep the tear film on your eyes longer , to prevent against evaporation. Otherwise, you'll end up with styes. So, you are practicing good lid hygiene. Warm, not hot compresses are better for eyes, and more comfortable. You should see better using less heat.
Answered on Mar 20, 2014

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