Blepharitis can be referred to as the grandfather of all eyelid diseases. It is widely responsible for symptoms ranging from itching, a need to constantly rub the eyes, a film over vision, fluctuating vision, redness to severe dry eye disease.
BlephEx is a new, in-office procedure that allows your eye doctor to treat blepharitis by eliminating the biofilm and bacterial toxins that cause inflammatory lid disease and dry eye, and improving the overall health of the eyelid.
Blepharitis is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the eyelids caused by an overgrowth of normal bacteria living along the lid and the base of the eyelashes. Anyone can get Blepharitis at any age, but the prevalence increases with age, since as we get older, we make fewer natural antibodies in our tears.
The overgrowth of bacteria causes crusting along the eyelid, and creates a sticky biofilm that harbors bacterial exotoxins. Since the eyelid margins are difficult to clean, this overgrowth of bacteria, scurf, and biofilm can build up over many years.
The sugary biofilm allows even more bacteria to flourish, not only causing a multitude of irritating symptoms, but eventually chronic inflammation, due to the inflammatory nature of exotoxins. The inflammation, in turn, adversely affects all of the structures in the eyelid, namely, the tear glands.
Constant eye Irritation, foreign body sensation, and chronic dry eye disease are the end result if not treated. Now, thanks to BlephEx, your doctor can directly clean and exfoliate your eyelids and lashes, and remove the biofilm, which will almost immediately improve your symptoms and help control the long-term damage to your tear glands.
The common symptoms of Blepharitis are:
The traditional treatment is for the patient to scrub the eyelid margins with the baby shampoo on a cotton swab or one of the commercially available lid care products squirted on a fingertip. This can be a difficult procedure to perform at home and has a limited effectiveness.
With BlepEx the doctor thoroughly and precisely eliminates the scurf and bacterial debris and biofilm that builds up along the lid margin. these are the main causes of inflammatory lid disease.
Properly performed, BlephEx will reduce or alleviate these chronic and debilitating symptoms. Treatments are typically repeated at regular monthly intervals depending on severity of the disease.
By eliminating the inflammatory etiology of Blepharitis, the overall health of the eyelid is improved. Patients can then begin to produce more of their own tears and fianlly enjoy a life free from the chronic and irritating symptoms associated with Blepharitis and its subsequent dry eye disease.