Blepharitis: Treatment Overview
Blepharitis is a common eyelid problem caused by an overgrowth of bacteria and/or demodex mites.
Fortunately, blepharitis does have an effective treatment. Dr. Lane and his team can safely clean and exfoliete your inflamed eyelid margins with an in-office medical procedure called BlephEx.
By precisely removing the biofilm debris and toxins from your eyelid margins, Dr. Lane can help to avoid damage to the oily tear glands of the eyelids. This is important for avoiding chronic dry eye problems.
This new medical procedure uses a rotary device with a medical grade disposable PVA sponge to gently and precisely remove the bacterial overgrowth between your eyelashes. After the procedure, the eyelids are rinsed well, and instructions are given on how to clean the eyelashes properly between BlephEx treatments. Since home cleaning procedures are only semi-effective, in order to maintain optimal oily tear gland function and eyelid margin health, Dr. Lane recommends BlephEx treatments every 4 months.
This in-office procedure takes about 15 minutes, and is painless. People usually feel a “tickling sensation”. Numbing drops are used before the procedure, and Dr. Lane recommends resting the eyes by keeping them closed for a couple hours after the procedure.