I tend to have itchy eyes. An optometrist suggested “derm dry eye relief mask” by eyeeco. Heat it in the microwave 20 seconds or so and then lay down with this lump of warm stuff on your eyes for 10 minutes until it isn’t warm anymore. Gently rub once afterward.
This seems to help and I do it fairly reliably.
The theory is that there are glands on your eyelids that secrete some magic substance that makes your eyes dry out slower. Those glands get clogged up if you stare at a computer screen and don’t blink enough. Rubbing at them does a poor job of removing the cloggy stuff and the warm compress is better because the compress melts it. The optometrist claimed to be able to see the cloggy stuff.
This theory predicts that I would have dry eyes if I didn’t rub them when they itched.
https://www.eyeeco.com/derm-warm-compress-mild-dry-eye-relief.html says they only sell to eye care professionals, but Google finds lots of equivalent competing products I could buy directly. I loathe that business model and I hope the competitors win.
They sell it for use with moist compresses, but I don’t add any moisture.
Yeah warm compresses are nice and I guess I recommend them as well, especially for relief when symptoms are severe. They are a bit of a hassle though so I recommend looking for other solutions.
The best product for compress that I have found:https://www.thea-pharmaceuticals.co.uk/products/blephasteam
It gently steams your eyes, so it makes them both warm and moist. I think I do recommend some form of moisture when you do warm compresses.