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COLD EYE COMPRESS

Definition:

o A cold compress is used to cool an injured area, which protects body


tissue by slowing metabolic rate and reducing swelling around the
injury.
o Eye cold therapy is used to decrease blood flow to the area by
promoting vasocontriction and increase blood viscosity
Purpose:

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To treat ocular allergies


To reduce swelling around the eyes
Ocular itching
Treating soft tissue injuries (e.g. bruises and blunt trauma)

Materials:

o Ice chips
o Basin
o Gauze /Clean washcloth / Ice bags

WARM OR HOT EYE COMPRESS

Definition:
o Warmth may relieve pain, relax muscle spasms, increase circulation,
and help heal a wound or other problems that affect the eye.
o Eye warm therapy is used to increase blood flow to the area by
promoting vasodilation and decrease blood viscosity

Purpose:
o To liquefy any secretions that have solidified and are clogging the
glands
o To relieve discomfort or pain
o To increase circulation

Methods:
o Dry warmth
Place a protective layer of fabric between a warm compress and the
skin. Heating pads and hot water bottles can be used on larger
surfaces needing heat.
o Moist warmth
Towels or washcloths can be soaked in warm water, wrung out, and
placed on the area.

Materials:
o Hot or warm water
o Basin
o Gauze /Clean washcloth / hot bags

Reference:

Romito, M.D., K. (2013, January 1). Warm and Cold eye compreses. Retrieved from
http://www.emedicinehealth.com/warm_compresses_for_eye_problems-health/article_em.htm