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A painless procedure administered in-office by your eye doctor; BlephEx™ is the newest, most advanced treatment for dry eye and blepharitis symptoms. Instead of providing patients with lid scrubs they need to use at home, eye doctors can now take active roles in treating blepharitis by personally eliminating bacterial debris responsible for inflammation, scales and the irritating symptoms of dry eye.
When eyelids are irritated, itchy and covered with scales similar to dandruff flakes, they may be suffering blepharitis, an eyelid disease caused by bacteria, acne rosacea or scalp dandruff. Blepharitis isn't contagious nor will it damage your eyes or eyesight. It can, however, impair your vision by producing a variety of symptoms, including:
If not treated by our eye doctor, blepharitis may promote loss of eyelashes, infect eye tissues or inflame the cornea.
Following examination of your eyes and eyelids, your eye doctor may diagnose your blepharitis as one of the following:
Seborrheic blepharitis-symptoms include greasy scales or flakes at the base of your eyelashes accompanied by redness of your eyelids.
Staphylococcal blepharitis-with this type of blepharitis, your eyelids may thicken and stick together. Misdirected eyelashes and significant loss of eyelashes occurs with staph blepharitis as well.
Ulcerative blepharitis-more serious than staph or seborrheic blepharitis, ulcerative blepharitis leaves sores on your eyelids when you remove the hard, matted crusts developing around your eyelashes. Chronic tearing and significant eyelash loss are other symptoms of ulcerative blepharitis.
BlephEx™ works by utilizing a patented hand piece that carefully spins a tiny, medical grade sponge along the edges of your eyelids where eyelashes attach to your eyelids. This micro-sponge effectively removes debris and scurf produced by blepharitis as it gently exfoliates your eyelids.
Prior to beginning a BlephEx™ treatment, your eye doctor will place a numbing drop in each eye to increase comfort. After completing the six to eight-minute treatment, our eye doctor then helps you rinse your eyelids thoroughly. Patients undergoing BlephEx™ will be given instructions regarding maintenance of clean eyelids at home.
Complete removal of the irritating biofilm produced by blepharitis eliminates the cause of the inflammation and leads to healthier eyelids and a natural increase in tear production. In fact, people with dry eye syndrome who are treated with BlephEx™ often discover they can stop using over the counter artificial tears.
Your eye doctor may recommend you repeat BlephEx™ treatments every few weeks if your blepharitis was particularly severe and accompanied by dry eye symptoms and/or eyelid ulcers.
If you suspect you are suffering blepharitis and wish to make appointment with us to learn more contact Carolina Vision Care today at 252-752-4380.