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A comparison of an eyelid-warming device to traditional compress therapy.
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PMID:  22729167     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
PURPOSE.: To assess the warming and humidifying effect and ocular safety of the Blephasteam® eyelid-warming device vs. warm and moist compresses in healthy volunteers. METHODS.: Twenty subjects (8 females, 12 males; mean age 39.2 years) were included in the study. Temperature and relative humidity were measured over a period of 10 min at the lower eyelid margin of one randomly selected eye during application of the Blephasteam device and, 1 h later, during application of warm compresses (in a randomized order). Ocular signs and visual acuity were assessed before and after each application. RESULTS.: The mean duration of warming (temperature ≥38°C) was significantly longer with Blephasteam than with compresses (7.5 vs. 1.0 min; p < 0.01). There was no significant difference between treatments in the duration of 100% relative humidity. Compared with pretreatment values, visual acuity significantly improved after Blephasteam treatment (p < 0.05) but significantly decreased after treatment with compresses (p < 0.05). Limbal redness, eyelid redness, and corneal staining scores all improved significantly after Blephasteam treatment (p < 0.05 for all). Ocular signs did not change after compress treatment except conjunctival redness, which was significantly increased (p = 0.01 vs. pretreatment). CONCLUSIONS.: The Blephasteam eyelid-warming device appeared to provide more effective warming than warm and moist compresses in a group of healthy volunteers. Visual acuity, limbal redness, and eyelid redness were improved after Blephasteam use but not after treatment with compresses.
Heiko Pult; Britta H Riede-Pult; Christine Purslow
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Optometry and vision science : official publication of the American Academy of Optometry     Volume:  89     ISSN:  1538-9235     ISO Abbreviation:  Optom Vis Sci     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8904931     Medline TA:  Optom Vis Sci     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  E1035-41     Citation Subset:  IM    
*PhD, FAAO †Dipl.Ing. (FH) ‡PhD Dr. Heiko Pult-Optometry & Vision Research, Weinheim, Germany (HP, BHR-P), Contact Lens & Anterior Eye Research (CLAER) Unit, School of Optometry & Vision Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom (HP, CP), and School of Optometry & Vision Sciences (HP, BHR-P, CP), Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom.
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