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.
BlephEx™ is a painless in-office procedure. 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 procedure lasts about 10-20 minutes. Most patients simply report a tickling sensation.
Typically patients find that they have good relief from their blepharitis following the treatment and can manage their symptoms more easily with their home therapies. In most cases, patients prefer to have the procedure repeated every 6 - 12 months to continue their relief.
If you suffer from the eyelid inflammation associated with blepharitis, then BlephEx is an excellent treatment.
But it's important to understand that it couples with what you can do at home to maintain your results. In this way, it is a little like the professional clean you have with the dentists every 6 months. Your regular brushing and flossing are never as good as a professional clean, but neither can you rely only on the professional treatment.
The risk of developing blepharitis increases rapidly with age. While less than 55% of 18-20 year olds are affected, this figure rises to over 70% of people over 65 years of age. Blepharitis contributes significantly to meibomian gland dysfunction, which is the most common cause of evaporative eye disease. If you have redness or irritation of the eyelids, BlephEx can offer you quick results.
While the results of BlephEx can be almost instantaneous, they are not permanent. Much like the professional removal of plaque and tartar from your teeth with your dentist, the procedure will need to be repeated every 6-12 months to maintain results.
While this treatment is not covered by health insurance, it is a very affordable procedure. If you consider what you spend on dry eye treatments, drops and products, BlephEx represents very good value. Not only do you save on artificial tears, medicated eye drops etc, but you will enjoy the benefits of comfortable eyes, perhaps for the first time in years. The cost to have this done is $90 + take home tea tree eye lid cleanser to use daily.