BlephEx treatment for blepharitis
What is BlephEx™?
BlephEx™ is a new, in-office procedure provided by eye doctors for the treatment of blepharitis.
What is blepharitis?
Blepharitis is chronic inflammatory disease of eyelids that usually happens where the eyelashes grow. Blepharitis is characterized by inflamed, irritated and itchy eyelids. It can be uncomfortable and unattractive. Anyone can get blepharitis at any age, but the prevalence increases with age. As we get older, we make fewer natural antibodies in our tears that normally fight the bacteria that is thought to be a cause blepharitis.
How does BlephEx™ work?
BlephEx™ works by reducing scurf and bacterial debris, the main causes of inflammatory lid disease, and it improves the overall health of the eyelid. BlephEx™ allows patients to enjoy a life free from the chronic and irritating symptoms associated with blepharitis. The BlephEx™ treatment is well tolerated by the vast majority of patients and only takes a few minutes to perform in the doctor's office. BlephEx™ has financial benefits for the patient. It can allow the patients to save hundreds of dollars in the costs of prescription drops and artificial tears which may otherwise be used to manage the symptoms of blepharitis.
What if I do nothing for my blepharitis?
If you choose not to get treatment for your blepharitis, the following complications could result:
|Eye lash problems||Blepharitis can cause your eyelashes to fall out or grow abnormally (misdirected eyelashes).|
|Scarring||Blepharitis can cause scarring on your eyelids if it goes untreated for a long time.
|Dry eye disease||Blepharitis can cause dry eye disease. In people with blepharitis, abnormal oils and other debris from the infected eyelid can fall from the eye lid and into your tear film causing your tears to become abnormal. When the tear film is not working properly, your eyes cannot lubricate themselves properly and dry eyes or watery eyes are the result.|
|Contact lens problems||Because blepharitis can affect the amount of lubrication in your eyes, wearing contact lenses may be uncomfortable.|
|Sty||A sty is a red, painful lump at the edge of your eyelid, usually on the outside part of the lid and can look like a boil or a pimple|
|Chalazion||A chalazion is a cyst in the eyelid caused by a blockage of the meibomian gland, which is one of the oil glands in the eye that is critical for making healthy tear film. When the glad becomes infected with bacteria, a red swollen eyelid develops. A chalazion is usually found on the inside of the eyelid.|
|Pink eye||Blepharitis can cause chronic pink eye (conjunctivitis).|
|Constant irritation from eyelids suffering from blepharitis can cause a corneal ulcer, which is a sore on the clear dome that covers the coloured part of your eye.|
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