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A painless procedure administered in-office; BlephEx™ is the newest, most advanced treatment for dry eye and blepharitis symptoms. Instead of providing patients with lid scrubs they need to use on their own at home, our eye doctors now take active roles in treating blepharitis by eliminating bacterial debris responsible for inflammation, scales, and the irritating symptoms of dry eye all while you are in the exam chair.
Blepharitis occurs when eyelids are irritated, itchy, and covered with scales similar to dandruff flakes. It is an eyelid condition caused by bacteria, rosacea, or inadequate eyelid hygeine Blepharitis may impair your vision by producing a variety of symptoms, including:
If not treated, blepharitis may promote loss of eyelashes, redness of the eyelids/eyes, and irritation.
Following examination of your eyes and eyelids, your eye doctor may diagnose your blepharitis as one of the following:
BlephEx™ works by utilizing a patented hand piece that carefully spins a tiny, medical grade sponge along the edges of your eyelids where the eyelashes meet 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, a numbing drop will be placed in each eye to increase comfort. After completing the six to eight-minute treatment, the eyelids will then be rinsed thoroughly Patients undergoing BlephEx™ will be given instructions regarding maintenance of clean eyelids at home.
“I have seen excellent results in patient’s with previously constant eye irritation, and now, following the BlephEx procedure are symptom-free.” - Dr. Scott McIntosh
Complete removal of the irritating bacteria and their toxins 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, or lessen the amount they currently use.
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.
For patients with near constant eye irritation without
If you suspect you are suffering blepharitis and wish to make an appointment with us to learn more, contact Carolina Vision Care today at 252-752-4380.