We have been recommending the MGD Rx Eyebags for a few years, as a safe and easy treatment for those (many) of our patients who suffer from evaporative dry eye. Most cases of Dry Eye are not caused by an inability to produce tears, but by a reduced ability to prevent them evaporating.
Sufferers can either put drops into their eyes 2, 3 maybe 4 or more times per day to try to alleviate the symptoms caused, or they can try to fix the problem by removing the cause, which is blocked glands in the eyelids. The Meibomian glands produce an oil which floats on the watery layer of the tears, keeping the air away, thus reducing evaporation.
A recent study has proven how effective these Eyebags are – finding that most found an improvement within a couple of weeks of use, and the improvement could last for 6 months or more – people who continued to use the Eyebag, albeit less frequently fared best.
We’ve been recommending these for years, but now there is proof published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology that they do work- many patients seem very sceptical about them. I can’t understand why so many people complain at every visit that their eyes are sore/dry/sandy/gritty/watery, but are unwilling to try such a simple device which could FIX THE PROBLEM!
The report can be read here – you may need to register and login to see it, but registration is free.