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Lid Hygiene

   Blake Mitnick, O.D.

211 W Main St

 Floyd VA 24091

(540) 745-8733

Do this four times a day for 2 weeks, then keep doing it a few times a week for all eternity.

Warm Soaks

If you can purchase a product called “Therapearl Eye-ssential”, which is a facemask used for hot compresses.

Otherwise, get a washcloth real hot, but not hot enough to burn you.

Hold it on your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes.

When the water starts to cool, put it in hot water again.

Use a freshly laundered washcloth each time.


With your index finger, massage your lids to get the glands to open up.

Roll the finger upward on the lower lid while in upgaze. Gently roll your finger upwards towards the lid edge. Start at the bottom of your index finger, and roll towards the top. Then, roll the finger downward on the upper while in downgaze. Roll your finger down towards the lid edge.


There are commercially available pads called “Eye Scrubs” or “Ocular Scrubs” that you can use to clean your eyelids. Close your eyes and gently scrub your eyelashes.

There is a video on my web page (click ‘eye diseases’ on the top menu) or my facebook page (Commonwealth Eye Center).

It may take up to 6 weeks for you to feel and perhaps see better, so try to be persistent. It will pay off.

Call the office if you have any questions, any problems or any concerns.