Previously known as the MGDRx® EyeBag
The MGDRx EyeBag brand has been acquired by Laboratories Thea. Please be reassured that we love the product as much you, and so the product remains unchanged, only the name and the packaging have been updated.
BLEPHA EYEBAG® is an easy to use,
microwavable warming eye mask which relieves symptoms of dry eye associated with
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction* (MGD) which is a leading cause of dry eye, along with other related eye-conditions such as Blepharitis, Stye and Chalazion.
BLEPHA EYEBAG® may also relieve discomfort related to contact lenses worn by patients suffering from dry eye.The BLEPHA EYEBAG® is a handmade and patented re-usable mask:
Proven to be effective & safe
Pleasant-to-use on a daily basis
Developed by an ophthalmologist
Free from additives and plastics
Biodegradable & recyclable packaging
Blepha EyeBag® is an easy-to-use and pleasant warming mask that can be used daily to make the eyes feel more comfortable.
In the edges of the upper and lower eyelids there are small glands, known as the Meibomian glands. These glands secrete an oily substance needed to lubricate and clean the front of the eye and allow the tear film to spread effectively.
When the glands are not functioning normally the oil turns to a thick grease and clogs up the glands. This means the front of the eye is not well lubricated.
Ophthalmologists recommend warming the eye as the first step of an eyelid cleansing routine in cases of MGD, blepharitis and the related conditions such as dry eye, chalazion and stye.
By its warming action, Blepha EyeBag® contributes to a natural and healthy eye by helping to release the blocked lipids and allowing them to spread across the surface of the eye. By doing so it reduces water evaporation which helps keep the eyes hydrated.
Blepha EyeBag® acts quickly and provides long-lasting to relief from symptoms such as dry eye sensation, eye discomfort, tired or sore eyes, red eye, grittiness, foreign body sensation and stinging. It also soothes swollen and inflamed eyelids.
Blepha EyeBag® was developed by an ophthalmologist and its safety and effectiveness has been proven in several clinical studies.
For the first 2 weeks use your Blepha EyeBag® twice a day, morning, and evening, for 5 to 10 minutes each time. After the first 2 weeks, 3 to 4 times a week is usual, but you can adjust the frequency of use according to the severity of your symptoms.
Before using Blepha EyeBag®, ensure that it has no defects.
Blepha EyeBag® should only be warmed by a responsible adult.
Remove Blepha EyeBag® from the box and place it on a clean, dry microwaveable plate. Always make certain the dish or plate you use is completely clean as any small food residue can become very hot and these “hot spots” might cause small burns in the Blepha EyeBag® material.
BEFORE FIRST USE, HEAT YOUR BLEPHA EYEBAG® FOR 1 MINUTE ON FULL POWER AND LEAVE TO COOL COMPLETELY.
FOR ALL FURTHER USES:
STEP 1: Place Blepha EyeBag® in a microwave as described above and heat according to the power of your microwave as shown below:
Above 750W – heat for 30 seconds
750W and below – heat for 40 seconds
Caution: if your microwave is greater than 1000W, you may need to reduce the time.
Only reheat from room temperature. Further heating a Blepha EyeBag® which is already hot can be dangerous and lead to overheating. Allow the Blepha EyeBag® to cool fully before reheating.
Make sure you only set your microwave for 30 seconds, and not 30 minutes! Stay by your microwave while it is heating. Do not use the metal griddle supplied with some microwaves as this may burn your Blepha EyeBag®
STEP 2: Shake the Blepha EyeBag® to evenly spread the linseeds inside the mask and to help the heat to spread.
STEP 3: Check Blepha EyeBag® is comfortably warm but not too hot before placing it over the closed eyelids. Carefully check the temperature on the grey (silk) side by touching Blepha EyeBag® with your wrist. If it is too hot, wait a few minutes and check the temperature again before applying to the eyes.
STEP 4: When the temperature is comfortably warm, lie back and apply the mask on closed eyes.
Use either side according to preference. Relax with Blepha EyeBag® in place for 5 to 10 minutes.The black side will be cooler, and you may wish to switch to the silk side during the 10 minutes.
STEP 5: Remove Blepha EyeBag® from your eyes. It is normal to observe skin redness after use due to the warming effect of the mask.
STEP 6: Immediately after warming, massage the closed eyelids to release the oil from the Meibomian glands. Repeat this several times for about 30 seconds.
STEP 7: You can also cleanse your eyelids with an eyelid cleansing product and gently massage them, after the use of Blepha EyeBag®.
STEP 8: Always put Blepha EyeBag® back in its box after use to keep it clean, dry, and safe.
Some people can have mild dysfunction of the meibomian glands disease while others have more severe meibomian gland problems with chronic long-term inflammation of the eyelids. It is normal to adjust your use of the Blepha EyeBag® depending on the severity of your own personal symptoms.
Your Ophthalmologist, Optometrist, Optician, Contact Lens Practitioner or GP may explain to you how severe your own meibomian gland dysfunction is and advise you how often to use the Blepha EyeBag®.
Usually people use the heated Blepha EyeBag® for 5-10 minutes twice a day for the first two weeks and then once a day, as needed, thereafter.
When the heated Blepha EyeBag® is applied to the upper face, covering the closed eyelids, it warms through the eyelids, softening and melting the meibomian secretions, releasing them onto the surface of the eye and giving instant relief.
If you use our hydrating dry eye drops like Thealoz® Duo to help relieve the symptoms of dry eye, you would benefit from using the Blepha EyeBag® on the same regular basis.
The Blepha EyeBag® can be re-heated about 200 times in a microwave. Your Blepha EyeBag® will only need replacing after about 6 months of regular use.
The Blepha EyeBag® should not be used if the skin around the eyes is broken or bleeding.
If you have a known hypersensitivity to flax or linseed, then avoid use. Linseed sensitivity is very rare. It appears to affect only one person in one hundred thousand. In the event of increased eye irritation or itchiness, cease use of the Blepha EyeBag®.
Rigorous research confirms that the Blepha EyeBag® is safely decontaminated each time it is heated by microwave, immediately before use.1
Washing powders and detergents, especially bio-active products, can cause a type of dermatitis and skin irritation. This can be particularly unpleasant when it affects the delicate skin of the eyelids. It is best to avoid contamination of the eyelid skin with any of these washing products.
Stains on the surface of Blepha EyeBag® after use are normal and harmless.
Wet wipes should not be used to clean the surface of Blepha EyeBag®.
1) Microwave decontamination of eyelid warming devices for the treatment of meibomian gland dysfunction. Contact Lens and Anterior Eye 39 (2016) 293-297 . Paramdeep Bilkhu, James S. Wolffsohn, Anthony Hilton, Gabrielle Matthews, Simon Legood, Liam Riley.
If you wear contact lenses or prescription glasses, always remove them before using the Blepha EyeBag®
The Blepha EyeBag® is made of silver silk on one side and a thick black 100% cotton fabric (called moleskin because of its texture) on the other. It is filled with flax seeds (linseed).
Flax seeds are used because of their size, shape, and density. These properties allow the Blepha EyeBag® to settle down into position easily and conform well to the shapes 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 Blepha EyeBag®. This reduces the risk of sensitivity or allergic irritation of the eyelids from scented volatile oils.