Dry Eye Disease is one of the most common, yet under diagnosed, ocular diseases. Early onset is characterized by mild symptoms that are often ignored or mismanaged by patients. As a result, dry eye disease often goes undiagnosed until the symptoms worsen.

Eye care professionals recommend moist heat therapy as a form of supplementary treatment for people suffering from dry eyes and other conditions of the eyelid. Hot or cold compresses can provide immediate relief from discomfort, and consistent use over time can help increase blood circulation, stimulate lipid oil production and reduce tear evaporation, thereby improving overall ocular health.

I-RELIEF Hot & Cold Therapy Eye Mask with ThermaBeads can help patients manage their dry eye condition from the mildest of symptoms to more serious conditions, such as MGD or Blepharitis.

What can I-RELIEF moist heat therapy help with?

Managing Your Dry Eye Disease

Dry eye Disease (DED) occurs when the eyes fail to produce enough natural tears, or the tears evaporate too quickly. Well balanced tears are vital to the overall health of our eyes. Each time we blink, a protective coating of tears is spread like a film over the surface of the eyes. When there is an inadequacy in either quality or quantity of tears, dry eyes result. Symptoms of dry eye can include burning, stinging, irritation, redness, discharge and blurring, among others. These symptoms can range from very mild and occasional to quite severe and chronic.

Tear film is the liquid that protects the cornea. This liquid is what keeps the eyes sufficiently hydrated and lubricated. There are three layers that make up the tear film, an oil (lipid) layer, a water (aqueous) layer, and a mucin layer. These three layers work together to protect, nourish, and guard our eyes against infection. Dry eye occurs when the tear film evaporates or breaks up too quickly.

According to the DEWS II Management and Therapy Report, the aim of clinical management of DED is to restore homeostasis to the ocular surface. Depending on the diagnostic assessment, the patient may require multiple therapies. As such, a stepped approach to choosing the appropriate therapy is recommended, while keeping in mind that crossover between steps of therapy may be required.

Using I-RELIEF Hot & Cold Therapy Eye Mask with ThermaBeads™ is recommended as step 1 of a 4-step approach in managing dry eye disease.

Dry Eye Disease Diagnosis and Management by Richard Maharaj, OD, FAAO November 2017

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)

MGD occurs due to a blockage or some other abnormality of the Meibomian glands where they don’t secrete enough oil into the tears. MGD is the leading cause of dry eye disease.


An inflammation of the eyelids causing them to become red, swollen, itchy and irritated with clumping of scaly skin around the base of the eyelashes. It is a common eye disorder that can affect people of all ages.


Cysts that form in the eyelid due to a blocked oil gland. They can sometimes appear reddish in color but are not typically very painful. They generally form in the middle of the eyelid. A chalazion may occur following a sty or due to hardened oils blocking the gland. The blocked gland in question is usually the Meibomian gland but can also be the gland of Zeis.


A stye is a red, painful lump near the edge of your eyelid that may look like a boil or pimple. A sty usually forms on the outside of your eyelid, but occasionally it can form on the inner part. A sty is caused by an infection of oil glands in the eyelid mainly caused by the bacterium staphylococcus.

What can I-RELIEF™ cold therapy help with?

Patients suffering from headaches, sinus pressure and tension can benefit from I-RELIEF™ cold therapy, as it constricts blood vessels and helps to increase comfort. Patients who frequently use screens and electronic devices often “forget to blink” which can lead to eye strain and red, burning or painful eyes. I-RELIEF™ cold therapy can help alleviate all these symptoms.

Should Heated or Cold Therapy be Used?

I-RELIEF Features

  • Temperature retaining ThermaBeads for lasting hot or cold therapy
  • Naturally-hydrating ThermaBeads for deep penetrating, moist heat therapy
  • Latex free &  non-allergenic
  • Contouring shape for full contact
  • Elastic strap for a comfortable fit
  • Adjustable closure for proper compression
  • Soft cloth fabric for added comfort
  • Reusable, washable and durable to last longer
  • Machine washable fabric slipcover protects mask from oils,
    makeup and dirt


Hot & Cold Therapy Eye Mask with ThermaBeads™ for the relief of symptoms associated with:

  • Blepharitis
  • Dry Eye Disease
  • MGD
  • Styes
  • Chalazia
  • Headaches
  • Sinus pressure
  • Tension
  • Swelling
  • Puffiness


Use protective slipcover to keep mask clean of oils, makeup and dirt. Remove slipcover and wash as required.


Use hot therapy for relief of symptoms associated with Blepharitis, Dry Eye Disease, Meibomian gland disease (MGD), Styes and Chalazia.


1. I-RELIEF mask must be at room temperature before heating.
2. Insert I-RELIEF mask inside protective slipcover (optional) and place flat on clean microwave safe dish.
3. Set microwave power to high and heat for 20 seconds. Before applying, always touch the I- RELIEF mask with fingers first, to test for desired temperature. If the mask is too hot, allow it to cool for 1-2 minutes and test again. For additional heat, microwave in 5 second increments until desired temperature is reached. Do not exceed a maximum of 30 seconds of heating.
4. Place I-RELIEF mask over closed eyes and secure with adjustable strap, if preferred.
5. Wear for 3 to 5 minutes or as directed by a physician. Do not apply for more than 20 minutes at a time.


Use cold therapy to help relieve headaches, sinus pressure, tension, swelling and puffiness.


1. Insert I-RELIEF mask inside protective slipcover (optional) and place in a sealable plastic bag, in the freezer for 30 minutes.
2. Remove I-RELIEF mask from freezer and plastic bag, and place over closed eyes, securing with adjustable strap, if preferred. Wear for 5 to 7 minutes or as directed by a physician.


Remove slipcover. Hand wash only in cold water with a mild detergent. Rinse thoroughly. Gently squeeze out excess water (do not twist). Lay flat on clean, ventilated surface for a minimum of 24 hours or until fully dry.

Wash immediately if exposed to food, oils, grease or other dirt.

Slipcover Care
Machine wash in warm water on regular cycle with like colors, using regular detergent. Machine- dry on low heat. Wash slipcover as often as necessary.

Storage: Store I-RELIEF mask in cool dry place. Keep away from flames.


Please read all information before use.

  • For external use only
  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • Do not apply for more than 20 minutes at a time.
  • Dispose of I-RELIEF mask if punctured or broken.
  • Always test I-RELIEF mask temperature with fingers prior to use on eyes.
  • Overheating or prolonged application may cause injury.
  • Do not use on infants.
  • Do not apply to sensitive skin, skin with no sensation, or open wounds.
  • Do not boil.
  • Overheating in a microwave may damage I-RELIEF
  • Do not ingest contents.
  • Warm according to instructions. Do not apply if too hot.
  • Do not fall asleep using I-RELIEF
  • People with diabetes, circulation disorders, skin infections, etc. should consult with their doctor before use.
  • Consult your doctor if your condition worsens or irritation develops.
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