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  • HempOil
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    Updated version coming out soon apparently: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJDXVl12wrQ

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  • lipino
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    Originally posted by orange86 View Post

    SAAG lipino

    I've been using blephsteam goggles once a night for 10 mins (for 5 months) with virtually no relief in mgd.
    ​​​​​​​From reading both your posts it appears i need to do longer sessions. Once 10 mins are up and it bleeps, how do i continue for another 10 mins?
    Once it beeps I just press the button again to bring it back to "warming" mode. But because it's already warmed up, it just maintains the temperature. Then after I'm done I do eyelid pinches and keep doing them until I get a "squelching" feeling like blockages are squeezing out.

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  • gilles
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    Originally posted by orange86 View Post

    SAAG lipino

    I've been using blephsteam goggles once a night for 10 mins (for 5 months) with virtually no relief in mgd.
    ​​​​​​​From reading both your posts it appears i need to do longer sessions. Once 10 mins are up and it bleeps, how do i continue for another 10 mins?
    Could you, rather than trying to do longer session, try to massage your eyelids after every session. For me, doing massages again, helps for releasing the oils (circular movements with very, very light pressure; going from lower/upper part towards the glands).
    Do you mind to keep us posted about the results?

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  • orange86
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    Originally posted by lipino View Post
    Update after a month: I'm convinced the long sessions are really beneficial. Also, for anyone who thinks it doesn't get hot enough, try letting it heat up before putting the wetted rings in. I find it heats up better when it's dry.
    SAAG lipino

    I've been using blephsteam goggles once a night for 10 mins (for 5 months) with virtually no relief in mgd.
    ​​​​​​​From reading both your posts it appears i need to do longer sessions. Once 10 mins are up and it bleeps, how do i continue for another 10 mins?

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  • shakenbake
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    I was wondering about this! I think I'll try one myself!

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  • lipino
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    Update after a month: I'm convinced the long sessions are really beneficial. Also, for anyone who thinks it doesn't get hot enough, try letting it heat up before putting the wetted rings in. I find it heats up better when it's dry.

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    Originally posted by lipino View Post
    I can also vouch for Blephasteam, and thanks to SAAG for the recommendation which got me to buy it a year ago...
    Finally, I was using Blephasteam last week and it beeped when the session was over, but I decided I was enjoying the spa treatment and turned it back on, ended up leaving it on for 35 minutes, just working on the computer. Afterwards, my glands were expressing better. So I've been doing long sessions lately and I do feel it's helping a lot.
    I'm so glad to hear it's helping you! Like you, I also find longer sessions to be far more effective than shorter ones.

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  • lipino
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    I can also vouch for Blephasteam, and thanks to SAAG for the recommendation which got me to buy it a year ago.

    At first I had mixed feelings - it helped but I wasn't sure it was any better than a warm compress, and it cost something like $250. It was just more convenient because you can put it on while you're on the computer. But it's also this annoying thing full of wires, hooked up to a bulky power converter since it has a UK plug and I'm in the US.

    Eventually I stopped using it and it ended up in a drawer for months. Had some other health issues that flared things up and then my glands weren't expressing at all, even with daily warm compresses. So I tried Blephasteam again and still wasn't getting a good feeling.

    Finally, I was using Blephasteam last week and it beeped when the session was over, but I decided I was enjoying the spa treatment and turned it back on, ended up leaving it on for 35 minutes, just working on the computer. Afterwards, my glands were expressing better. So I've been doing long sessions lately and I do feel it's helping a lot.

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    Originally posted by deep_dry_eye View Post

    I personally think the goggles are a scam, warm compress via microwave is more effective.
    They're a well-made product that fills a need for many of us. If you don't use them, that's fine... but I'm sad to see a forum moderator say they're a scam because that's very unfair to the company, and you may discourage people from trying it who may otherwise have benefitted from them.

    In my case, I cannot tolerate the weight of heated eye masks or warm compresses - they make my eyeballs stick to my eyelids, which gets downright painful.

    I cannot steam my eyes via a tablestop steamer because when I breathe in the steam for 10-20 minutes twice daily, I get a chronic cough.

    Furthermore, the ability to keep my eyes open and do normal things while using the Blephasteam is helpful.

    Obviously if one can get by with less costly options like warm compresses in the microwave, that's great. But just because you personally don't require Blephasteam doesn't make them a scam.

    Originally posted by orange86 View Post
    SAAG are the Blephasteam goggles still working for you?

    I did lipiflow and IPL, my glands clogged back up again. do these goggles help hardened oils soften ?
    Yes, I still use them and they do help soften the hardened oils.

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  • deep_dry_eye
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    Originally posted by Fenix View Post

    What method are you using to warm your eyelids? If you heat the eyelids properly, then you have to massage the eyelids to make the lipid component flow.
    As far as I know, blephasteam is the most effective way to warm the eyelids.
    I disagree, I find blephasteam to be terrible at warming up my eyes. I find good old fashion microwave warm compress to be best.

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  • Fenix
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    Originally posted by orange86 View Post

    deep_dry_eye have you used the goggles?

    i do warm compress morning and night and my glands still are blocked.
    What method are you using to warm your eyelids? If you heat the eyelids properly, then you have to massage the eyelids to make the lipid component flow.
    As far as I know, blephasteam is the most effective way to warm the eyelids.

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  • Fenix
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    Hi, at the end of february I did the LipiFlow treatment and then I used Blephasteam for 3 months two times at day. Right after the blephasteam I massaged my eyelids with eyelids wipes.
    Did it improved my eyes? I don't know. Maybe a very little bit. Was worth it? no.

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  • LindaDawn
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    Hi. Orange86. Can I ask where you had your IPL and lipgloss please.

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  • orange86
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    after doing lipiflow and ipl in January / feb i found a bit of relief , e.g. i could watch tv, look at computer screen and go outside with little discomfort. A month later i started eating ice cream, chocolate, etc and had a massive flare up. i've not been the same since.

    ophthalmologists at my local hospital have no appreciation of mgd, i think there should be monthly manual gland expression treatment for us sufferers to try and keep the glands healthy.

    i'm in England and we dont have xiidra here, just ikervis (restasis). I'm on ikervis 3x a day and lets hope it continues to work even better within the next few months - not sure if on it's own will help with mgd.

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  • deep_dry_eye
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    Originally posted by orange86 View Post
    deep_dry_eye

    I did lipiflow and IPL x3 back in January and February. My glands still got blocked after.
    I'm on ikervis (restatsis equivalent) since February which is about 5 months now and it has somewhat increased my tears (i had bad aqueous deficiency and MGD).

    I thought ikervis was to increase tears rather than help the oils flow better?
    The theory is that MGD is caused by inflammation (e.g., your own immune system attacking the tear glands). cyclosporine (ikervis/restasis) and lifitegrast (xiidra) are immunosuppressant drugs. they act differently so they can be used together to be more effective. the theory is that they suppress your immune system locally, and reduce inflammation to give a chance for your body and glands to recover and hopefully secrete better quality oil.

    IPL somehow has similar affect as well, it somehow stimulates the oil glands to produce better quality oils and reduce inflammation. the exact mechanism of action is unknown.

    did you find IPL helpful? i would suggest if you found IPL helpful to continue on that in conjunction of ikervis. it took 6+ sessions of IPL for me to notice a difference, and for awhile i was doing monthly IPL.

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