Health professionals frequently advise daily warm compresses for lots of common eye problems caused by MGD (Meibomian Gland Dysfunction) – Dry Eye, Blepharitis, Styes and Cysts. The traditional technique, using a hot wet flannel is ineffective and compliance is poor. Yorkshire Consultant Eye Surgeon, inventor and entrepreneur, Mr Teifi James realised that very few people actually did the hot wet flannel treatment at all. After a year or so experimenting with a variety of prototype eyelid warming devices, he patented The MGDRx EyeBag for the treatment of MGD.
Over the last 5 years the EyeBag Company has seen sales surge and they now sell over 25 thousand EyeBags a year in the UK alone. Optometrists, Opticians and Contact Lens Practitioners diagnose MGD several times every day and more than 1000 Optical practices retail the EyeBag in Britain. There are many stockists in the Republic of Ireland and Holland too. The key factors in the success of the EyeBag is it is so easy and pleasant to use. Simply microwave on high power for 30 seconds, recline somewhere comfortable listening to the radio or some favourite music, wait for ten minutes while the warmth melts the greasy meibomian secretions, then massage the eyelids immediately following the simple instructions in the 14 page booklet that comes with every EyeBag.
The MGDRx EyeBag is filled with flaxseed and has two sides — the silver side is made of thin silk which allows rapid heat transfer and consequently feels hotter than the thicker black material on the other side. EyeBags can be re-heated about 200 times before efficacy wanes. Patients use it twice a day for the first fortnight then several times each week as required. CE marked and registered as a medical device with the MHRA, the EyeBag usually retails for £20.