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.