How we can help with Blepharitis

Firstly - What is blepharitis? 

Blepharitis is a common condition where the edges of the eyelids (eyelid margins) become red and swollen (inflamed).

Blepharitis can develop at any age, and symptoms can include:

  • itchy, sore and red eyelids that stick together
  • crusty or greasy eyelashes 
  • a burning, gritty sensation in your eyes 
  • increased sensitivity to light (photophobia) 
  • swollen eyelid margins 
  • finding contact lenses uncomfortable to wear 
  • abnormal eyelash growth or loss of eyelashes in severe cases 

In most cases both eyes are affected, but one eye can be more affected than the other. The symptoms tend to be worse in the morning.

What causes blepharitis?

There are three main types of blepharitis:

  • anterior blepharitis – where the inflammation affects the skin around the base of your eyelashes 
  • posterior blepharitis – where the inflammation affects your Meibomian glands, found along the eyelid margins behind the base of the eyelashes
 
 

The Revolutionary new treatment - BLEPHEX

How BlephEx™ Works?

BlephEx is a painless in-office procedure performed by us, your eyecare professionals. A revolutionary new patented BlephEx hand piece 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.


Clear lids = Less Discomfort

Properly performed, BlephEx™ will reduce or alleviate the chronic and debilitating symptoms. Treatments are typically repeated at regular monthly intervals depending on the severity of the disease. By eliminating the inflammatory etiology of blepharitis, the overall health of the eyelid is improved. You will soon begin to produce more of your own tears and finally enjoy a life free from the chronic and irritating symptoms associated with blepharitis and its subsequent dry eye disease.

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what is the Cost?

We are currently offering this as an in office procedure for an introductory rate of £60, repeated every 6 months. We are also able to offer this on our Direct Debit Scheme at £10 per month. Feel free to ring up to book a special assessment and to book in for this treatment with Mr Leon Bouwer.