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Demodex Blepharitis

What is Blepharitis?

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.

This overgrowth of bacteria causes crusting along the eyelid, and creates a sticky environment that traps dead skin cells and other debris among the eyelashes. Since the eyelids are difficult to clean, this overgrowth of bacteria, scurf and debris can accumulate over many years.

This environment allows even more bacteria to flourish, not only causing a multitude of irritating symptoms, but eventually chronic inflammation. 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™, Dr. Fried can directly clean and exfoliate your eyelids and lashes, which will almost immediately improve your symptoms and help control the long-term damage to your tear glands.

 

Am I a Candidate for BlephEx™?

If you suffer from one or more of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from blepharitis:

  • Itching or scratchy eyes
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Tearing
  • Crusting
  • Redness/Inflammation
  • Mattering
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye rubbing

How BlephEx™ Works

BlephEx™ is a painless in-office procedure performed by your eyecare professional. A revolutionary new patented BlephEx™ handpiece is used to very precisely and carefully, spin a medical grade micro-sponge along the edge of your eyelids and lashes, removing scurf and debris and exfoliating your eyelids.

The patented micro-sponge is disposable and a clean one is used for each individual eyelid so bacteria is not spread between the lids.The eyes are rinsed well afterwards.

The procedure lasts about 6 -8 minutes and is well tolerated. Most patients simply report a tickling sensation. A numbing drop is usually placed in each eye prior to treatment for increased comfort.

After the procedure, the patient is instructed on how to maintain their clean eyelids with regular nightly lid hygiene. Since home treatments are only semi-effective, the procedure is typically repeated at 4-6 month intervals.

 

 



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