Warm compresses bring relief to your dry eye because of the loosening of the oils in the Meibomian glands located in and around your lids. These glands are what produce the oils (lipids) that get released with each blink and blanket the surface of your tear film. These oils also help to retain the water layer and prevent tear evaporation. Some doctors will recommend holding a warm wash cloth to your closed eye lids, however it may be that the heat doesn’t last long enough. There are compresses or soft cotton cloth eye mask filled with beads that conform to your eyes and orbital bones and hold heat along with compression. These eye masks can be used per your doctor’s recommendation.