Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids caused by an overgrowth of bacteria.
Symptoms of blepharitis include
- Dry eyes or "tired feeling" eyes
- Red eyes
- Burning or gritty sensation
- Eyelid infections and styes
- Flaky "dandruff-like" material on eyelids
Now, thanks to BlephEx®, Dr. Lane can precisely and safely, clean and exfoliate your eyelids and lashes, which will almost immediately improve your symptoms. More importantly, by completely removing the exotoxin-laden biofilm along the lid margin, Dr. Lane can help you avoid the long-term inflammatory damage to your tear glands, preventing chronic dry eye syndrome.
BlephEx® is an effective treatment for blepharitis performed in the office, whereby Dr. Lane gently and safely removes the debris and biofilm from around your eyelids.
BlephEx® is a painless in-office procedure performed by your eye care professional. A revolutionary new BlephEx handpiece is used to very precisely and carefully, spin a medical grade micro-sponge along the edge of your eyelids and lashes, removing scurf and debris and exfoliating your eyelids.
The micro-sponge is disposable and a clean one is used for each individual eyelid so bacteria is not spread between the lids.The eyes are rinsed well afterwards.
The procedure lasts about 6-8 minutes and is well tolerated. Most patients simply report a tickling sensation. A numbing drop is usually placed in each eye prior to treatment for increased comfort.
After the procedure, the patient is instructed on how to maintain their clean eyelids with regular nightly lid hygiene. Since home treatments are only semi-effective, the procedure is typically repeated at 4-6 month intervals.
We all have small amounts bacteria and mites on our bodies naturally, but sometimes an overgrowth of bacteria or mites can cause problems. Our eyelids are the only part of our body we do not regularly wash. This commonly leads to a natural overgrowth of bacteria, called a "biofilm". This biofilm creates the perfect food source for a mite called "demodex". An overgrowth of demodex can make blepharitis significantly worse. Fortunately, the BlephEx procedure can be performed to keep the eyelid margin bacteria and demodex under control, which allows the natural eyelid oily tear glands to function properly. BlephEx should be repeated every 3-6 months, using eyelid scrubs daily in between treatments.