I decided to discuss “eye-spoons” this week as I have been getting a lot of enquiries about how they can help eye conditions since their launch earlier this year. Dry eyes or inflammatory eye conditions can include symptoms like itchy, red, irritated and swollen eyes. Dry eye mostly occurs as a part of the natural ageing process, affecting about a third of people over 65. Meibomian gland dysfunctionis a condition where the glands at the eye lids become blocked with thick secretions leading to unsightly swelling around the eyes and inflamed and irritated eyes.
“The Eye Spoon”
“The Eye Spoon” is a drug free treatment option designed for many of the most common and annoying eye problems. It is an Irish invention. The concept of The Eye Spoon was developed by Dr Micheal J Gallagher, a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon who has a monthly ophthalmic clinic at St Francis Private Hospital in Mullingar.
How does it work?
Dr. Gallagher’s invention provides a method for applying heat effectively to the human eyelid. The apparatus consists of a spoon-shaped device comprising a wooden oval heat applicator with dimensions sufficient to cover a human eye, with an elongated handle extending from the applicator. Initially, the device is placed into boiling water in a mug for 20 seconds. Once removed, air dry for 20 seconds to prevent scalding. The Eye Spoons are then applied directly to both eyes until the heat subsides. The device is designed for safe use, whilst retaining sufficient heat to treat the affected eye.
The eye spoon targets the eye’s meibomiun glands, freeing up their secretions into the tear film, hence easing dry eyes and reducing inflammation of the glands.
Study results reveal that use of the product is effective in the treatment of dry eye, external eyelid disease (blepharitis and meibomianitis), both causes of the most common complaints of dry, red, scratchy and itchy eyes. Studies show that 80% of those patients with dry eye syndrome found the eye spoons to be of benefit. Studies demonstrated that eye spoons represent an effective method of treatment for dry eye syndrome and external eyelid disease.
In Whelehans, I am seeing some good results for those using it and in some cases, it is the first consistent relief some people have found in years. Unlike drugs and drops, it is a one-off purchase of €18.95 which includes two eye spoons. As it is re-usable, once purchased, there are no on-going costs. This article is shortened for this health blog so call into Whelehans or check out www.whelehans.ie if you want more detailed information or if you feel they could benefit you.
Disclaimer: Please ensure you consult with your healthcare professional before making any changes to your medication
Eamonn Brady is a pharmacist and the owner of Whelehans Pharmacy, Pearse St, Mullingar. If you have any health questions e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org