Cold compress or hot compress? Which one works?

After using it for a day, the eyes are “dry and astringent”, and sometimes “itchy and painful”. What should I do now?

Should the compress be hot or cold?

01 Hot compress

Hot compress on the eyes can dilate the local blood vessels of the eyelids, improve local blood circulation and promote local metabolism , Relieve visual fatigue.

Not bad, after massage, it can help it to be discharged smoothly, reduce the volatilization of water, and relieve dry eyes.

Suitable for hot compress:

1. Eye fatigue

Eye fatigue caused by long-term use of eyes can be relieved by hot compress.

2. Stye and chalazion

In the early stage of stye and chalazion, antibiotic eye drops can be applied locally, combined with hot compress, However, if pustules have formed, heat should not be applied.

3. Dry eye syndrome

Hot compresses can soften the oil in the meibomian glands, and massage the meibomian glands to dredge them , can promote the normal secretion of meibomian gland oil, improve tear film stability, and relieve dry eye syndrome caused by meibomian gland dysfunction.

● You can use professional hot compress eye mask and atomization equipment, or you can use hot towels for hot compress. -2 times.

When the eyes are bleeding, ulcerated, infected, acute conjunctival inflammation, foreign matter into the eyes, etc., be careful not to apply hot compresses.

02 Cold compress

Cold compress can promote local capillary contraction, control bleeding and reduce pain, achieve hemostasis, pain relief, etc. effect.

In addition, cold compresses can also prevent the spread of inflammation and suppuration. For dry eye syndrome with reduced tear secretion, cold compresses can increase the basal tear secretion and improve dry eye.

Suitable for cold compress:

1. Inflammation of the ocular surface

Ocular surface inflammation caused by elevated ocular surface temperature, pain, redness, and swelling, such as allergic conjunctivitis, can use cold compresses.

2. Eye swelling caused by trauma

Apply ice packs within 24 hours of swelling to shrink local blood vessels to achieve Detumescence and decongestant action.

However, after 24 hours, hot compresses should be applied to promote the absorption of congestion and edema in the area.

3. After partial eye surgery

If you have eye bag removal surgery, you can use ice packs for local cold compresses 24 hours after the operation.

● You can use professional cold compress eye patch for cold compress, apply it for 15~20min each time, 1-2 times a day.

There is no difference between hot compress and cold compress, but different methods are suitable for different situations.

Common symptoms of cold and hot compress


Allergic conjunctivitis – cold compress

Common symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis That is, itchy eyes, increased secretions, foreign body sensation, pollen, flying catkins, pet dander, and dust mites may all cause allergic conjunctivitis.

Allergic conjunctivitis can be treated with cold compresses to promote vasoconstriction, while hot compresses will dilate blood vessels and release more allergic substances, which will aggravate symptoms.


Sty – cold compress + hot compress

Sty It is an acute infection of the eyelid glands, and symptoms such as redness, swelling, and pain may appear.

In the early stage of stye, when the eyelids are red and swollen and the pain is obvious, you can apply cold compresses to reduce the swelling; Inflammation dissipates and absorbs.


Eyes fatigue, dryness – hot compress + cold compress

Hot compresses and cold compresses can both help relieve eye fatigue and dryness. “Hot compresses” can promote blood circulation, and “cold compresses” can soothe and calm the ocular surface, promote tear secretion, and relieve eye fatigue. Dryness can be combined with cold and hot compresses.