The BlephEx™ treatment is a precise, safe and effective way to clean and exfoliate your eyelids and eyelashes to relieve symptoms of blepharitis.
What is blepharitis?
Blepharitis is an inflammatory disease affecting the eyelids and eyelashes and causes a buildup of scurf, debris and bacterial toxins at the base of the eyelashes. This is known as anterior blepharitis. The inflammation caused by anterior blepharitis causes the eyelid tissue where the meibomian tear glands reside to become thick and swollen, preventing healthy oils from being released into the tears. This is known as posterior blepharitis or meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). This causes significant symptoms of burning, itching, dry eyes and general eye discomfort. MGD traps bacterial toxins at the lid margin causing more anterior blepharitis and a continous vicious cycle of inflammation is formed.
What are the symptoms of blepharitis?
- Itching or scratchy eyes
- Foreign body sensationTearing
- Dry eyes
- Eye rubbing
What is the most effective way to treat blepharitis?
With the new BlephEx™ instrument, we can now effectively clean and exfoliate scurf, debris, and inflammatory toxins from the eyelids and eyelashes to disrupt the vicious inflammatory cycle established with uncontrolled blepharitis!
What can I expect from treatment with BlephEx™?
It generally takes about fifteen minutes to perform the BlephEx™ procedure on all of your eyelid margins. The procedure is painless but you will feel a tickle or itch during the treatment! Dr. Arlene Schwartz takes her time and makes sure you are comfortable and most of the scurf and debris is exfoliated from all of your eyelid margins. You can expect the treatment to last for several months. Some patients may need treatment once a year while others with aggressive blepharitis may need several treatments in a year.
If you have any of the symptoms of blepharitis, schedule a BlephEx™ treatment today. We’ll use the latest diagnostics, such as fundus photography, to evaluate your diabetes and ocular health during a comprehensive eye examination at Hartsdale Family Eyecare.