If your eyes constantly feel scratchy, red, crusty or teary, you may be suffering from blepharitis, which is inflammation of the eyelids. Because blepharitis may be difficult to treat, the use of artificial tears, hot compresses and lid scrubs may only provide a temporary relief. At Rainbow Optometry, we now have a new powerful procedure to help better control the inflammation of the eyelids.
What is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the eyelids as a result of overgrowth of the bacteria that normally live on your eyelids and eyelashes. The excess in bacterial growth releases exotoxins and creates a biofilm (a thin, slimy film of bacteria that adheres on a surface) on the eyelids and eyelashes. The biofilm will allow for the exotoxins to flourish, enter the eyelid tissue and cause tissue damage. Consequently, this inflammation will slow down tear production and cause irritable symptoms of sandy, red and crusty eyes. Blepharitis can be experienced at any age, but is more commonly found with increased age.
How does the Blephex work?
The Blephex is a painless procedure performed in our office. A medical grade sponge, soaked in special solution, is located at the end of the handpiece. The handpiece is used to spin the sponge along the edges of the eyelid and lashes, removing the biofilm and debris that has accumulated in that area.
The Blephex procedure takes about 8 minutes. A numbing drop is placed in each eye prior to the treatment for better comfort. Most patients feel just a tickling sensation. The procedure is typically repeated every 4-6 months in office for optimal benefit.
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