The Bruder Eye Hydrating Mask and Stye Compress feature naturally hydrating MediBeads®. This product is fast acting and simple to use. It replenishes moisture and relieves dryness in the eyes. The mask may be applied as often as needed and will not interfere with other prescribed or OTC medications.
It is a natural way to treat chronic dry eye, blepharitis, and production of meibum by the meibomian glands (meibum is an oily substance that helps protect the tear film on the surface of the eye. The mask makes it easier to do the warm compresses that your eye doctor may recommend. Warming the mask requires only 20 seconds in a microwave and the instruction is to immediately place the mask over your eyes for a couple of minutes. Moist head produced by the mask helps slow tear evaporation for dry eye relief and blepharitis therapy. There is no need to add water, no waiting and no mess.
This hydrating mask:
Bruder uses a patented method called MediBeads® that take in water from the atmosphere and store it in the beads. When briefly microwaved this natural moist heat is released to sooth your tired eyes and stimulate the meibomian glands. Meibum is an oily substance with spreads over the surface of your eye on the outer surface of the thin layer of tears that cover the lens of your eye. Meibum protects the tear film from evaporating too quickly and so stabilizes the moisture on the surface of your eye. When your eyes are properly protected in this way they naturally work to resist damage and intrusion from foreign objects ranging from small debris to bacteria. Using the mask will help keep your eyes feeling refreshed.
A pilot study investigated how fast the eye's tear film deteriorated, measured by how often the patient needed to blink, using a device called a oculus keratograph. After the patient blinks two times the device measures the interval before again blinking. The software associated with the device measures the tear film integrity and displays the results. This data is then compared to norms. Blinking is the process that normally stimulates release of more tears and meibum and so the blink rate tells us how well this process is working.
Before using the mask the patient blinked at 8.6 seconds, the tear film breakup began at 2.1 seconds and it took about 3.7 seconds for the tear film to deteriorate.
After use of the mask the patient blinked at 25.6 seconds, the tear film breakup began at 8.3 seconds, and the average tear film dissolution was 12.5 seconds - indicating that tear film maintenance was much improved.
The conclusion was that in a short time, less than 20 minutes, dry eye symptoms were improved significantly.