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Warm Compresses for Eye Problems - Topic Overview

Warmth may relieve pain, relax muscle spasms, increase circulation, and help heal a wound or other problems that affect the eye.

For an eye problem, use either of the following methods:

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  • Dry warmth. Place a protective layer of fabric between a warm compress and the skin. Heating pads and hot water bottles can be used on larger surfaces needing heat.
  • Moist warmth. Towels or washcloths can be soaked in warm water, wrung out, and placed on the area. Moist warmth is more effective in relieving muscle pain than dry warmth.

Commercial hot packs are not recommended. They are often too heavy and bulky to use near the eye. Also, if a commercial hot pack leaks, chemicals from the bag might get in the eye.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: January 25, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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