We would like to begin by thanking Professor McMonnies for taking an interest in our recent work on hot towel warm compress treatment for meibomian gland dysfunction [
]. We value the input and comments presented in his Letter and concur that the management of periods with elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) is important to bear in mind when advising patients with ocular surface disease.
- Schjerven Magno M.
- Olafsson J.
- Beining M.
- Moschowits E.
- Lagali N.
- Wolffsohn J.S.
- et al.
Hot towels: The bedrock of Meibomian gland dysfunction treatment – A review.
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- Risk associated with treatments for meibomian gland dysfunctionContact Lens and Anterior EyeVol. 46Issue 2
- PreviewThe comprehensive review of meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) treatment using hot towel applications to the eyelids by Magno and coauthors  concluded that “long-term treatment appears to be safe as long as the towels are not heated beyond safe limits or applied with excessive force”. Another recent review of other methods used to treat MGD (specifically, using devices that direct heat and/or pressure to the eyelids, as well as intense pulsed light treatment combined with gland expression), by Bzovey and Ngo  concluded that “these methods were generally safe to use”.