What is the EyeBag®?

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 cotton 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.

Conditions which usually benefit from regular twice daily EyeBag® treatment are:

    • Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)
    • Blepharitis
    • Dry Eye Syndrome
    • Styes
    • Eyelid Cysts (Meibomian cysts know as chalazion, pronounced Ka-lazy-on)
    • Contact Lens Dry Eye
    • Corneal Laser Dry Eye
    • Seborrhoeic dermatitis
    • Rosacea

Symptoms which are relieved by EyeBag® treatment are:

      • Grittiness
      • Tiredness
      • Redness
      • Bleary Vision
      • Burning Discomfort
      • Foreign body sensation (feels like there's something in the eye)
      • Dry eye
      • Eye irritation

Eyelid warming using the EyeBag® is often used at the same time as artificial tears, dry eye gels and ointments. 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 it 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; softening and releasing the normal sebaceous oily secretions from the meibomian glands and offering instant comfort.

Once the EyeBag® is removed you will need to follow the EyeLid Massage Technique which used over several days will dramatically improve the 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. In order to massage the eyelids you should use the index finger or middle finger and sweep the pad of that finger 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 finger pad 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 finger gently but firmly along the eyelid to the outer end.

3. Repeat this with the lower lid, placing the pad of the finger 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.

What conditions is it used for?

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 (known as meibum) 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.

Conditions which usually benefit from regular twice daily EyeBag® treatment are:

  • Blepharitis
  • Dry Eye Syndrome
  • Styes
  • Eyelid Cysts (Meibomian cysts know as chalazion, pronounced Ka-lazy-on, which is the Greek word for a hailstone)
  • Contact Lens Dry Eye
  • Corneal Laser Dry Eye
  • Seborrhoeic dermatitis
  • Rosacea

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® then avoid use.

In the event of increased eye irritation or itchiness, cease use of the EyeBag®.

What if I wear contact lenses?

Seek the advice of your Contact Lens Practitioner. Many patients with contact lens associated dry eye are able to the EyeBag® while wearing their lenses.

What is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)?

When the eyelid glands and the eyes and eyelids are all working normally, then you are not aware of your eyes. When the normal function of the eyelids is disturbed then symptoms arise which cause you to be aware of your eyes on a daily, hourly or even minute by minute basis. This discomfort often makes it difficult to concentrate on anything else and reduces your quality of life.

When the eyelid gland secretions become viscous they cause plugging of the gland orifices. These plugs of solidified secretion prevent the normal sebaceous oils from oozing out onto the free eyelid margins and prevent lubrication of the eye surface.

The meibomian glands run vertically in the eyelids, both upper and lower eyelids and there are about 25-30 openings (orifices) on the edge of both upper and lower eyelids.

Meibomian gland dysfunction results in several symptoms. The main symptom is one of awareness of the eyes tending to occur with grittiness or foreign body sensation. Sometimes there are feelings of burning and soreness of the eyelid edges. These symptoms can all occur together at the same time or at different times for different individuals.

What is the EyeBag® made of?

The EyeBag® is made of silver silk on one side and a matt black 100% cotton on the other. It is filled with flax seeds (also referred to as linseed).

Flax seeds have been chosen because of their size, shape and density. Their shape and size allow it to easily settle down and conform to the shape of different faces whilst also retaining warmth well.

Flax does not give off an unpleasant odour when warmed in the microwave and there are no aromatic or herb fragrances added to the EyeBag®. This reduces the risk of sensitivity or allergic irritation of the eyelids.

What is Blepharitis?

For an in-depth explanation, please visit the Blepharitis Health site.

What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

For an in-depth explanation, please visit the NHS page on Dry eye syndrome.

What is Iritis?

For an in-depth explanation, please visit the Iritis website.

What is Uveitis?

For an in-depth explanation, please visit the Uveitis website.

What if I don't have a microwave?

Although the EyeBag® is designed for heating in a microwave, it may be heated in other ways. In order to help you with this we have created an instruction manual, this can be downloaded as Word Document or Pdf Document. If you are unable to read either of these files, then please contact us and we will provide assistance.

What evidence is there that the EyeBag® works?

We have made available the results from independent testing, again available in Word, or as PDF.

Research from Aston University and published in the British Journal of Opthalmology confirms the EyeBag® is a safe and effective treatment method. To access the paper click here.