What is BlephEx®?
Blephex is an FDA-approved ophthalmic procedure that treats blepharitis. Blepharitis is an inflammatory condition typically caused by an overgrowth of normal bacteria found along the lash line. People of all ages can develop blepharitis, although it tends to present more often in adults.
As the bacteria grows, it creates a biofilm that can trap dust and debris along the lash line.
Over time, the trapped debris can cause chronic inflammation, which causes redness, swelling, and discomfort. It can also affect the tear duct and slow tear production.
Why Choose Blephex?
Blephex is an outpatient procedure that alleviates the discomfort of ongoing blepharitis. A microsponge is used to remove debris from the eye to expedite healing. Numbing drops can be applied to minimize discomfort during treatment. The procedure can be completed in under 10 minutes so that you can resume regular activity immediately afterward.
After the procedure, patients are given at-home instructions on properly cleaning their eyelids before bed. The procedure may be repeated every four to six months for ongoing relief.
Benefits of Blephex?
In addition to effectively treating blepharitis, Blephex can also reduce the symptoms of:
- Excessive tearing
- Chronic dry eye syndrome
- Redness or swelling of the eyelids
- A gritty sensation inside the eye
Treatment with Blephex can also improve your quality of vision. Once the meibomian glands of the eyelids are unclogged, symptoms of dry eye, excessive tearing, and painful swelling will resolve.
Is Blephex Right for Me?
Blephex is an effective treatment for recurrent blepharitis and the uncomfortable symptoms that it causes. While it is safe for most patients, those with underlying eye conditions may need to check with their optometrist first.